Fantasy Football Stud Performance: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

By Michael J. Igyarto

Fantasy Football Week 8 is nearly complete, and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger took advantage of a soft Washington Redskins secondary to deliver a Week 8 stud performance. Big Ben attempted 33 passes, completing 24 of them for 222 passing yards and three touchdowns. Roethlisberger did not turn the ball over and finished the day with 21.48 fantasy points in standard scoring formats.

Roethlisberger was a featured starter in my Fantasy football week 8: Five Players You Must Start and it still amazes me that many still refuse to start Big Ben even though he’s a top 8 fantasy quarterback. There were some surprises in today’s game, as the more well-known players, such as receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, did not have productive days. Wallace finished the day with seven receptions for 62 yards and zero touchdowns. Brown recorded four receptions for a modest 38 receiving yards and no scores.

Big Ben threw his first touchdown early in the 1st quarter, a 1 yard dump-off to seldomly used TE Leonard Pope.  It didn’t take long for Roethlisberger to tally his second touchdown of the game, as he found his favorite red zone target, TE Heath Miller in the back of the end zone for a seven yard strike in the second quarter.  Miller has now recorded six touchdowns on the season, and is still somehow a free agent in roughly 30% of leagues.

The Steelers running game has been obsolete this season, but today was a different story as RB Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries. Pittsburgh had a firm grasp on the Redskins for the majority of the game, but if this could have been a little closer, Big Ben might have really exploded.

Halfway through the third quarter, Ben recorded his third touchdown of the game to another irrelevant fantasy player in fullback Will Johnson. That touchdown would be the nail in the coffin for the Redskins, as the Steelers gave QB Robert Griffin III fits all day, and kept him out of the end zone, only allowing 4 field goals to K Kai Forbath. 

If the Redskins had kept this game respectable, Big Ben may have thrown for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns, but nevertheless, his performance was certainly a studly one, and I hope you had him inserted in your lineup in week 8.


Michael J. Igyarto is a featured columnist and fantasy football expert at Rant Sports

Follow Michael on twitter: @windycityiggy


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