Sex Ed and Personal Conduct, are two areas of schooling that seems to have escaped the confines of Big Ben’s crawl as of late. With the latest—dare I say—scandal, alongside a small history of personal demeanor issues, Roethlisberger once again becomes the focus of a media frenzy that is already hard up for “quality” NFL banter.
But who the heck cares about all that? The guy can crash motorcycles, go on drinking binges, and offend the ladies all he wants so long as he helps my fantasy team…right?
Since his introduction in 2004, Big Ben has been a pretty good source of fantasy points despite dealing with injuries, spotty running backs, and the occasional crappy game that all professionals have.
In fact, AFTER 2005, Roethlisberger has been a solid producer of 3,000+ yards every season, at least 17 passing TDs or more every year, a low interception rate; heck the guy has even rushed for at least 2 TDs every year since 2004.
You can nitpick and make mention to his uncharacteristically poor 2006 season, but why bother?
Last year Big Ben, and his owners, enjoyed a banner year from the cathedral sized gunslinger as he racked up 4,108 yards, 23 TDs and only 12 interceptions.
So the short answer is, yes, he will help your fantasy team.
Worried about Santonio Holmes leaving for New York? Don’t be.
With Mike Wallace moving into the starting role, the ever present—and always smiling—Hines Ward still donning a Steelers jersey, and guys like Limas Sweed, Randel EL, and Arnaz Battle fighting over Holmes’ leftovers, you can be sure there will be plenty of fantasy love to go around in Pittsburgh; especially from Big Ben.
One minor note to take into consideration:
NFL Senior Vice President of Public Relations Greg Aiello said on his Twitter account, quote:
“In accordance w/the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, our office w/review the facts and follow up @ the appropriate time w/the Steelers + Ben.”
In other words, if the Georgia DA isn’t locking the guy up (Roethlisberger) not much reprimand will come from the NFL either, aside from a possible sitting for a game or two, but nothing more.
Moral of the story: The only trouble from Big Ben will be if you’re the guy facing him in your fantasy league this year.