4. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
No, I haven’t lost my mind in suggesting Big Ben. I’m painfully aware of how badly he looked when he threw 5 interceptions against the Jaguars a week ago. As of this writing, we don’t yet know how he’ll rebound in Kansas City. While Roethlisberger played terribly, some blame has to be laid at the feet of the coaches. It was completely and totally foolish fo ask the passing game to carry the load against Jacksonville. The Jaguars are incredible against opposing passing games. There was no reason for Big Ben to throw 50+ times. I also understand concerns about the Steelers offense as a whole. I just can’t believe that the amount of talent Pittsburgh has won’t gel at some point.
After the Chiefs game, the scariest matchup left on paper is at Cincinnati. Other opponents include the Colts, Titans, Patriots, Texans and the Packers. You’re never going to feel fully comfortable starting Roethlisberger on the road. I’ve given up trying to figure out why the Steelers offense struggles so mightily away from home. Even if Roethlisberger struggles today, use that to your advantage. The price won’t get much lower and there are better days ahead for the Steeler offense. He is still very highly owned but there are some shallow leagues where he’s actually on the waiver wire.