Ben Roethlisberger: Long-Term Fantasy Replacements for Injured Steelers QB

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rolls out to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on November 12, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should look at other options at the quarterback position because his latest injury is serious (via ESPN's Adam Schefter).

While focus is on Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder, greater concern is his injured rib. Roethlisberger's rib injury is rare and dangerous.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2012

People will need to search the waiver wire or make a trade to replace Big Ben ahead of their fantasy league's playoffs.

Let's look at three quarterbacks you should try to acquire if Roethlisberger's injury has hurt your team's depth at QB.


Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles rookie isn't a phenomenal fantasy player, but since veteran QB Michael Vick has battled injuries throughout the season, Foles could play in most of his team's remaining games. According to ESPN, he will lead the team's offense in Week 11:

Source: Eagles' Michael Vick (concussion) out so Eagles will start Nick Foles at QB Sunday.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 16, 2012

Foles does have a lot of quality players to work with in the Eagles offense, including three good receivers in DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, as well as a top-tier tight end in Brent Celek. Running back LeSean McCoy is also one of the best players at his position and a reliable option in the passing game.

Foles completed 22 of his 32 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Foles might still be on your league's waiver wire, but even if he isn't, you shouldn't have to give up too much value to acquire him via trade.


Byron Leftwich, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger's backup is veteran Byron Leftwich, who is a smart quarterback and understands the Steelers offense well.

Just like Foles, Leftwich does have some good receivers that he can rely on in any kind of offensive situation.

Mike Wallace is a legitimate No. 1 receiver with blazing speed and big-play ability, while tight end Heath Miller is one of the most dependable pass-catchers at his position.

Leftwich's Week 11 opponents is the division rival Baltimore Ravens, but the AFC North leaders are ranked 26th against the pass. Don't be afraid to start Leftwich if your league starts two quarterbacks.


Jason Campbell, Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler's concussion concerns might allow backup Jason Campbell to receive a lot of playing time moving forward and he will take control of the Chicago Bears offense in Week 11, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago:

Jason Campbell will start Monday night.

— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) November 16, 2012

Campbell might still be on the waiver wire, and unlike many of the quarterbacks on the waiver wire, he has a superstar wide receiver in Brandon Marshall to target in the passing game. Marshall ranks third in the NFL in receiving yards with 904.

Campbell was 11-19 for 94 yards after taking over for Cutler in last week's 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans.

He has a career completion percentage of 60 percent and has thrown 74 touchdown passes with 50 interceptions in six-plus NFL seasons. He's a good quarterback and could be a full-time starter on several teams.

Don't be afraid to add him to your team as a long-term replacement for Roethlisberger.