It’s a quarterback driven league, and three of the top signal-callers lead our late game first-half stars:
1. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – 22-31, 207 yds, 2 TD
Without their top running back in the fold, Pittsburgh continues to operate as a pass-first offence. Armed with a partially torn rotator cuff, Roethlisberger is somehow off to one of the best starts of his career. He had 520 yards to go with 4 TD’s and 1 INT through the first two games of the season and he’s looked great thus far against Oakland. The Steelers sport one of the best receiving corps in the league which ensures Roth will have plenty of options throughout the season. He’s also renewed his relationship with tight end Heath Miller, who caught both first half touchdowns. Miller now has 4 touchdowns in 2.5 games. Roth appears to be a lock to finish in the top-10 quarterbacks fantasy-wise this season, meaning if you don’t already own one of the elite QB’s you should target Big Ben.
2. Matt Ryan (ATL) – 22-29, 306 yds, 3 TD
Ryan must be absolutely smitten with Dirk Koetter’s new offence. The pass-happy Falcons have put Ryan in position to be one of the top-3 fantasy quarterbacks this season. They are throwing more often and they are speeding up the offense in order to try and get Ryan in more of a rhythm. It appears to be working with great success. The emergence of Julio Jones has taken a lot of pressure off Roddy White and the continued development of Jacquizz Rodgers will only diversify this offense further.
3. Matt Schaub (HOU) – 10-17, 199 yds, 3 TD
The Houston offence is back and firing on all cylinders. Arian Foster, Ben Tate and their massive offensive line have established the run early in the season and that is opening up their bread and butter: the play-action passes. Schaub used play-action to find Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter for long touchdown passes in the first half as Houston seemingly did whatever they pleased on offense. While he may not have the ceiling of some of the other elite QB’s due to Houston’s propensity to run the ball, Schaub has a very high floor because of his accuracy and how easy his completions are out of play-action.