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Don’t Bet Against a Turnaround by Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger

Bobby McMann Staff Writer October 21, 2017 9:36AM EST

Don’t Give Up On Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

We are getting into the thick of the Fantasy Football season when you need to start jockeying for position. It is time to make aggressive moves via the trade market to improve your team. Now is the time to buy low on underperforming players (like Amari Cooper before Thursday’s performance).

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If you were wondering what he would do after a breakthrough rookie season, Dak Prescott is proving he’s for real. He has multiple TDs in four straight, including 10 in his last three games. He is an as-advertised dual-threat QB in an offense that has not even hit its stride just yet. Prescott should be locked into your Fantasy lineup regardless of matchup. In dynasty formats, he should only be moved for a large sum, given his youth and upside. Prescott will be a popular DFS selection against the Niners this weekend.

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Ben Roethlisberger is playing like a man whose mind is on retirement and it’s affecting the entire Steelers offense. AP Photo/Don Wright

Ben Roethlisberger is stumbling out of the gate and the entire Steelers offense is suffering, not to mention Fantasy owners. It wasn’t just the five INT game a couple of weeks ago, but that certainly didn’t help. Maybe retirement has more than entered his mind? It certainly looks like it, but there is simply too much talent on the Steelers to give up on him. With his recent play and much-discussed road struggles, Roethlisberger is not someone I want to start right now until things turn around. He’s a QB2 until further notice.

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No one was probably happier to see Adrian Peterson leave town than Mark Ingram. Well, besides maybe Peterson owners. Ingram has more room to run and breathing room with Adrian Peterson gone. Now, Ingram is back to straddling the RB1 fence on a weekly basis. He will have to contend with talented rookie Alvin Kamara, who will eat into his touches and reception upside. The chance to scoop him up at a reasonable price passed after his two TD performance.

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Adrian Peterson finally got a chance to run this season and he responded by racking up over 130 yards with two scores. The return of David Johnson is looming, but AP could very well put up Top 10 numbers in the meantime. He gives the Cardinals a much-needed threat in the run game. There was a chance Peterson was on your waiver wire last week, but he’s long gone by now. Consider him a strong RB2 option on a weekly basis.

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Terrelle Pryor’s debut in Washington is off to a less than stellar start. He has just two games with more than 31 yards receiving and a lone score. Kirk Cousins is not slinging it quite as much as he did last season and Pryor has not asserted himself as a lead WR. He’s in a contract year and it will be very interesting to see how the next 11 games go for him. He’s barely a Fantasy starter right now and it’s only because of bye weeks. The 28-year-old’s dynasty value is leaking, which makes him worth a buy low check-in. Outside of that, though, it is best to stay away from this situation until Pryor shows any signs of turning things around.

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Devin Funchess has been emerging as a reliable target for Cam Newton. With Greg Olsen out, Funchess has been seeing additional work and is a bench WR I want to own. If Kelvin Benjamin cannot go in Week 7, Funchess will elevate to a legitimate WR2/3 candidate. He has the size and ceiling to usurp Benjamin as Newton’s favorite target by 2018. His value has been up and down in dynasty formats, so whether you can still buy him at a reasonable price really depends on the rest of your league mates. His talent is certainly worth inquiring about. In redraft formats, he makes for a great throw-in target that could be valuable depth for you down the stretch.

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George Kittle made some noise this summer but rookie TEs rarely make it worth your while in Fantasy. Still, the trade of Vance McDonald signaled the beginning of the Kittle era and it has gotten off to a solid start. He’s a definite upside TE2 and a streaming option. Those in dynasty leagues need to pay close attention to his development. If he is available on your waiver wire, throw Kittle on your bench for a rainy day. He has the size and athleticism to be a reliable pass-catching move TE for the Niners.

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Delanie Walker has been a consistently strong TE1 option for the past three years. He has competition now at the position in the form of rookie Jonnu Smith. While a healthy Walker is still a Fantasy starter, he’s more of a back-end TE1 than no-doubt Top 5 option. Smith is not on the radar just yet, unless of course, Walker misses Week 7. Smith is a player that you will want to target in dynasty formats, as his future is extremely bright. Consider him the heir apparent to Walker and that could happen as early as next season.

 

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