How will Big Ben's return impact Steelers? 

December, 5, 2012
12/05/12
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While all the talk at Pittsburgh Steelers practice this week centers around injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the thing is, Big Ben really isn't a great fantasy option even if he does suit up for Week 14. That assertion is backed up by the group rankings. After all, Roethlisberger hasn't played in a month, and while many blame the Mike Wallace/Antonio Brown production problems on Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich, the team's passing game wasn't exactly shining even before Roethlisberger suffered his rib injury.



The Steelers' running game, on the other hand, piques my interest more, because while Roethlisberger's status likely will remain problematic into the weekend, we know who is starting at running back. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has already announced that Jonathan Dwyer will handle the rushing load against the San Diego Chargers, a team in disarray. Dwyer has had moments of productivity this season, though not consistently. He topped 100 rushing yards in Weeks 7 and 8, and last week in Baltimore he scored his first touchdown on a stellar 16-yard run. I get the feeling the best could be yet to come.