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Default Ben Roethlisberger Suspended Four to Six Weeks: Fantasy Football Impact

Ben Roethlisberger Suspended Four to Six Weeks: Fantasy Football Impact
by Fantasy-Info .com Analyst Written on April 21, 2010
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Will The Steelers Make The Playoffs?

Yes No vote to see results The news of Ben Roethlisberger's suspension has been handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell, and the time lost will be four to six weeks. At this time, Roethlisberger is suspend for six weeks, but if he stays on the straight and narrow path, he will only miss four games.

That means Roethlisberger will miss the games below on the Steelers' schedule to start the season.


Falcons

at Titans

at Buccaneers

Ravens

The only game of the four that should be a very winable game is Week Three against the Buccaneers. Beyond that the Falcons, Titans and Ravens won't be easy games. Of those three games, Steeler fans have to be most concerned with the Ravens contest, as this is a division game and the Ravens have a very good team.

It is very reasonable to believe this team will start out with a possible one and three record before Roethlisberger comes back. In order to win, the Steelers need to get back to their core basics of playing hard-nose defense and pounding the football.

Trade Rumors

With the addition of quarterback Byron Leftwich (via trade with the Buccaneers) on Tuesday, rumors are swirling that the team is talking with other organizations about moving Roethlisberger.

The national media is making a big deal about the Steelers management and fan base being irate about what Roethlisberger has done, and a move might actually happen. Santonio Holmes was traded away just a week ago to the Jets for only a fifth round pick for his poor behavior off the field.

If Roethlisberger is moved, the Steelers won't be a favorite to make the playoffs, as they have no established quarterback that can lead this team.

Fantasy Breakdown

Assuming Roethlisberger stays, he is now nothing more than a late round flair with his suspension, the trade of Holmes, and a commitment to running all coming about. Look for Rashard Mendenhall to be the focal point in this offense for the 2010 season, as it will be crucial to this team's success for him to have a Pro Bowl season.

I wouldn't be surprised if the team lands a couple of offensive lineman and maybe a runner to complement Mendenhall in the draft.

NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com
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