Big Ben the Fantasy QB

I’m talking fantasy football here.  But if you consider his career so far, it must be a fantasy for him.  He went undefeated in his first regular season on a 15-1 team.  That’s an accomplishment unheard of for rookie QBs.  He made an unlikely run to a Superbowl XL victory to cap a farewell season for The Bus.  He survived a near fatal motorcycle accident shortly after attaining that ultimate goal.  Suffice it to say that his first two plus seasons must have seemed like a blur.

Now back to the real world of fantasy football.  In his first few years Ben wasn’t much of a fantasy QB at all unless your league awards points for wins.  Most don’t.  While he consistently posted high QB ratings and continues to do so, his early days saw few attempts, few TDs and earned for him the moniker of “game manager.”  Of course, we Maximum Grilled Steelers fans knew better even if his special qualities didn’t convert to winning fantasy numbers.

Then the page turned.  A new head coach arrived in 2007 and along with him a familiar face at the reigns of the offense.  Bruce Arians and Ben worked together to maximize the Steelers passing game.  Soon Ben was tossing multiple TDs per game.  Perhaps not in each game but enough that he finished the season with a Steelers record 32 TDs.  That’s an average of two TDs per game.  Nice fantasy numbers there my friends.  Couple that with only 11 INTs and you have a gem of a season.

I’m looking forward to 2008 with my new fantasy football QB, Big Ben Roethlisberger.

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