Hide your wife, hide your kids, and bench all your Steelers.
There were reports of progress throughout the week, but only very moderate progress, as Pittsburgh beat writers observed that Roethlisberger struggled while attempting to throw. After trusted and respected sources like Ed Bouchette wrote yesterday that Roethlisbeger is “no closer to playing” and then Roethlisberger himself said that he’s still lacking arm strength, I couldn’t comprehend anyone being shocked if he didn’t play. Yet that word was used this morning by Mike Florio, and repeatedly on his Fantasy Focus podcast this week ESPN’s Matthew Berry expressed strong confidence in a Roethlisberger sighting.
You simply can’t start any Steeler with Charlie Batch still under center. Yes, Antonio Brown owners, I know you’re excited that he’s finally back, but sit him one more week. Ditto for Mike Wallace owners, and especially you, Emmanuel Sanders owners. Sure, Sanders had 75 receiving yards last week with Batch under center, which is fine production from a WR3, or at your flex spot. But as a group Steelers wideouts only had 84 total yards.
That lack of passing will, of course, turn the defensive attention to the ground, where Jonathan Dwyer will start, and repeatedly face eight-man fronts. Batch robs every offensive player of his value, and unless your situation is especially dire, there’s no reason any Steeler should see your starting roster.