Draft Zone: 15th Ranked Quarterback– Steelers Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger has a composite ranking as the 15th best fantasy quarterback. With an ADP of 127, he will be taken in the 10th or 11th round of most 12-team drafts.

Roethlisberger is one of those guys who has far more name recognition than fantasy value. The biggest issue with “Big Ben” is his health. While Big Ben is considered to be among the toughest QBs in the league, he tends to be overly reliant on his uncanny ability extend plays by escaping pressure. Even someone as skilled as Roethlisberger, can only escape the pass rush so often. He takes a lot of hard hits, and as such he has played all 16 games only once in his career.

Big Ben comes with considerable upside. Last year, he was on pace for the best year of his career before shoulder and knee problems began to eat away at his effectiveness in week 10.

If he can stay healthy, there is a chance that he has a 30+ touchdown season. However, there are no guarantees with Roethlisberger. With the absence of wide receiver Mike Wallace to free agency and the loss of tight end Heath Miller to a torn ACL, Big Ben has lost two of his top targets. This makes Big Ben a top tier backup or fringe starter in most leagues.


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