PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 04: Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) yells his cadence during the NFL Football game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2016, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire)
In 2016 approximately 60 points were all that separated the #3 QB from the #10 in most standard format leagues. That’s less than 3.6 points a game. Unless you just have to have Aaron Rodgers and you’ve got to show everyone your best discount double check impression after you slap his sticker on the draft board, wait on the QB and stock up on WR’s and RB’s for at least the first five to six rounds. For me, I’m going after Big Ben around round 6 or 7. If that offense can stay healthy and out of trouble, Big Ben is going to equal big points and big value where you’re probably going to be able to get him. Think about it, Le’veon Bell will not miss 4 games at the beginning of the season like last year, and that alone should add to his numbers since Bell had the second most receiving yards in the league out of the backfield in 2016. Not to mention, Martavius Bryant (who if he picks up from where he left off two years ago is a massive upgrade for Ben) should be back this season opposite one of the best in the business…Antonio Brown. I think if he can stay healthy he will end up a top five fantasy QB or better. Moral of the story, think twice before pulling the trigger on a QB early and shoot for value.