Ben Roethlisberger: Prime fantasy trade candidate

      September 28, 2012 @ 12:37:44 PDT

It feels counterintuitive to write about a player on a bye week, but Ben Roethlisberger's torrid start deserves some attention - particularly from owners looking to pull off a trade.

Big Ben gets to reset up this weekend before returning to face the Philadelphia Eagles. That could be a tough matchup for him, and if he has a poor showing you need to pounce. Go after him before or even if he has a strong game, but understand the asking price will be much higher. It's a calculated gamble you will have to weigh to determine which strategy is best for your squad.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Living up to our sleeper billing

His schedule following the Iggles is extremely friendly. Roethlisberger faces the Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and New York Giants over the subsequent month of play. He will probably be the No. 1 fantasy quarterback after Week 9, which is hardly a stretch since he sits pretty as the No. 3 average scorer right now.

In Week 10, Big Ben faces the Kansas City Chiefs, which should be another big statistical performance for him. The Steelers travel to the Baltimore Ravens the following week, and while that may not be a great matchup, it could be acceptable. Heck, Brandon Weeden was able to throw for 320 yards against the Ravens' D.

Week 12 brings on the Cleveland Browns, followed by another tilt with the Ravens. The schedule toughens a bit at this point, with the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys bringing the Steelers into a favorable fantasy championship week matchup against the Bengals. San Diego can be had through the air, and I think Dallas' early-season pass defense numbers are rather fake (Seattle and Tampa Bay aren't exactly passing powerhouses).

The weaponry at Roethlisberger's disposal, coupled with a pass-first mentality and an injury-riddled backfield, makes him a must-target for those in the quarterback trade market. You're better off to wait, as mentioned, also because you can retain the player(s) you are giving up for one more week of usefulness.

If you currently own Roethlisberger, you can't go wrong with keeping him this season, but don't hesitate to pull off a trade if you have the opportunity to better your team.

Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @CoryKFFL to discuss specific trade scenarios. Best of luck in Week 4!

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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