I'm not exactly sure what's going on with the valuable and currently injured right foot of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but I didn't take this situation into much account when updating my Week 13 rankings on Friday morning. At first it was announced Roethlisberger had a sprained foot, then the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the fifth metatarsal was broken, then the team said there was no new fracture but rather aggravated scar tissue at the site of an old injury. Regardless, there doesn't seem to be a major question about his availability for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
I ranked Roethlisberger seventh at quarterback earlier in the week and, for now, will stick with that. I couldn't help but notice his staff rank dropped a few spots, to where his overall rank is now behind Eli Manning, Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel. Colleague Matthew Berry discussed Roethlisberger in his love/hate column and focused on the tough matchup. I see that as somewhat an impediment to a big statistical performance. Now we've got a foot that is hurting, too.
The thing is, I haven't lost confidence here. I see a major divide in the quarterback tiers and Roethlisberger doesn't belong in the class below him, at least in my mind. The quarterbacks at the back of my top 10 are the resurgent Cassel, steady Manning, road-challenged Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, who has to face Roethlisberger's just-as-difficult Steelers. Even on one good foot and against a really good defense, I trust Roethlisberger. No, he didn't light up the Buffalo Bills in Week 12, but he did have 26 and 34 fantasy points in the two games prior. Mike Wallace is an emerging fantasy monster. Hines Ward is probably injured but remains productive and, after some interesting comments this week, motivated. I don't want to overrate the Ravens or Roethlisberger's history in their stadium -- the quarterback has actually played in Baltimore once the past three seasons, getting 246 passing yards and a touchdown in that game.
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