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Monday, October 17, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: BIG BEN DOWN AT LEAST ONE GAME, TROUBLE FOR ANTONIO BROWN

Every year the narrative for Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger remains the same.  Tremedous talent and top five fantasy football QB but also a guy who comes with as much injury risk as there is in the game.  Whether it was the leaky Steeler offensive lines of just plain bad luck, Roethlisbergr almost never plays a full 16-game schedule.  2015 was one of the more frustrating season for Big Ben and his fantasy football owners as hem issed 4 games with knee, shoulder, ankle, leg, and a bunch of other ailments.  This time around it was a partially torn meniscus in his knee suffered in the team's rough loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday and the issue was remedied by a surgical procedure on Monday.  As a result, Roethslisberger is definately out for Week 7 but aims to return in Week 9 after the bye.  His absence next Sunday means that backup Landry Jones gets another crack at playing but those who owned any Steelers skill position player knows this is not a good thing.  This is especially true for those who own Antonio Brown (as yours truly does) since Jones has a noodle arm and his accuracy is far from adequate.  That means Brown's standard WR 1 tag goes down to a WR 2 in all formats and he is especially hurt in PPR leagues.  On the flip side, Le'Veon Bell should benefit from Roethlisberger's absence since the Steelers will run the ball much more and short, swing passes will be the norm.  The biggest key is the fact there were no breaks in terms of Roethlisberger's injury and so while the one missed game is annoying, the bottom line is that this could have been a whole lot worse in terms of the impact. 


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