In Week 2, Tony Romo (broken clavicle), Drew Brees (shoulder) and Jay Cutler (hamstring) got hurt, and Romo and Brees could be out for several weeks. Now, we could lose Roethlisberger for an extended period of time, and this is bad news for every league.
In any league, Big Ben, Romo and Brees are all starters every week. Without them, fantasy owners have to look at No. 2 quarterbacks like Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton and hope that they can continue their exceptional play over the first three weeks, In bigger leagues, fantasy owners will be looking at the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr as viable replacement options as well.
As for the Steelers, Michael Vick will now become the starter for the foreseeable future, which is a downgrade for the entire offense, unless he turns back to the clock to 2010 when he took over for the Eagles. It will be hard to count on that, however, since Vick is 35 and has struggled the past couple of seasons when given a chance to start.
This injury to Roethlisberger comes at an awful time in Pittsburgh with Le’Veon Bell finally back from his two-game suspension, and Martavis Bryant’s suspension is set to end after Week 4. Bell will still remain a No. 1 Fantasy running back, and Antonio Brown is still a No. 1 Fantasy receiver. But they will find it hard to maximize their potential with Roethlisberger out. This also lowers the value for Bryant when he returns, and it makes it hard to trust Heath Miller.