Forget the retirement talk -- Ben Roethlisberger is back in his familiar spot under center for the Steelers, right where Fantasy owners want him. Loaded with pass catchers, Roethlisberger should continue racking up stats as long as he stays healthy. That's been a small issue for him over his career, never missing more than four games in a season. The bigger detail that's hurt him is his inability to play big on the road. In 2016 he averaged twice as many points in Pittsburgh (31.0) as he did away (14.8). In fact, he was straight money at home and downright terrible in five of eight road games. Even with favorable road trips to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indy, Chicago and Detroit on the horizon, there will be weeks where Roethlisberger carries risk. Of course he should be picked as a Fantasy starter, right around Round 8, but do yourself a favor and collect a second quarterback for weeks when Big Ben has a suspect road matchup, or for when he's hurt.
Roethlisberger (ankle) was told he won't play in Sunday's preseason game against Atlanta, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports. Roethlisberger has been nursing a minor ankle injury for the past couple weeks, and while he'd probably be fine to play through it in the regular season, the Steelers will wait until Aug. 26 against the Colts to have their starting quarterback make his preseason debut. Rookie fourth-round pick Joshua Dobbs is expected to start Sunday, though No. 2 QB Landry Jones (abdominal) might be ready after returning to practice Wednesday.
Roethlisberger (ankle) isn't slated to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Giants, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. With Roethlisberger's primary backup Landry Jones dealing with an abdominal injury, Josh Dobbs will start Friday's contest. Roethlisberger tweaked his right ankle last week, but that's not thought to be a big concern. Rather, the Steelers are inclined to minimize the oft-injured QB's reps in the preseason, with an eye toward keeping his body intact in advance of Week 1.
Roethlisberger injured his right ankle Thursday and was unable to finish practice, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. After taking a low hit during team drills, Roethlisberger walked with his well-known limp to the back of the field, but he stuck around to watch the remainder of practice. Head coach Mike Tomlin later downplayed the ailment, calling Roethlisberger "great" and terming the hit "nothing." Clearly, Roethlisberger's boss doesn't believe the issue is a concern, meaning any absence in the next few days could just be a precautionary measure. With No. 2 QB Landry Jones (abdomen) also sidelined, rookie Josh Dobbs took on the remaining reps with the first-team offense Thursday.
Roethlisberger said Friday that retirement remains an option following the upcoming campaign, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Roethlisberger contemplated retirement following last season, but he was widely expected to continue playing, which he indeed confirmed he'd do back in April. While many didn't take the thought of him hanging up his cleats too seriously, it appears the 35-year-old could actually be nearing his final campaign. It remains to be seen whether that'll be the 2017 season, but after dealing with a laundry list of injuries throughout his decorated career, Roethlisberger hasn't ruled out that possibility.
Roethlisberger tweeted Friday that he's informed the Steelers of his intention to return for the 2017 season. Roethlisberger was always anticipated to continue playing, despite stating in January that he was unsure over his future after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs. Although he recently turned 35 years old and has a lengthy history of playing through pain, Roethlisberger remains one of the league's very best quarterbacks, evidenced by his 3,819 passing yards and 29 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions last season. Roethlisberger missed one game along the way due to meniscus surgery and was rested for Pittsburgh's regular-season finale, but in entering the 2017 campaign fully healthy, he'll look to pick up where he left off as the leader of arguably the league's most electric offense.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||9||18.47|
|12||11/27||Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
|15||12/17||New England Patriots||12||18.84|
|3 Year Avg||66.5||4236||27||13||23||0||330|