Welcome to the annual Big ben thread.
His full name is Ben Roethisberger - although in fantasy football circles, he is more commonly acknowledged as, Ben "The guy who throws a million passes to WR1 Antonio brown" Roethlisberger.
For the uninitiated, here's a picture of what big Ben currently looks like:
As you can see, he's old and past his prime, but he still looks pretty slim and stands proudly, looking down on all those inferior quarterbacks. So what can we expect from Big ben in 2018?
Well, after threatening the public with retirement, Big Ben, surprise surprise!!! is back for yet another NFL season.
Believe it or not, big Ben is extremely motivated. The steelerz are stuck in what's commonly referred to as, the "superbowl window"; a short, but sweet period of greatness when a team deludes itself into thinking it can actually win a Superbowl while ignoring it's swiss cheese defense.
Superbowl prospects may float in the clouds, but big Ben's fantasy football prospects are firmly planted on the ground. Our hero returns to an offense featuring an illegally good WR1 in Antonio brown, and an emerging social media star and part-time book publisher Juju Smith & Schuster. The steelerz have some other receivers too, but the darkness created by Antonio Brown's shadow makes it hard for me to read their names.
Meanwhile, big Ben's sidekick, Leveon Bellcow Bell - the Antonio brown of RBs - continues to hold out for a $20 million dollar contract that he'll never, ever get, ...but given his desire to constantly flaunt his abs on instagram, we are assured that he'll be in peak physical condition come-September.
In 2017, big Ben began the season by kick-starting the Jacksonville jaguars' dynasty; throwing 10 interceptions to their now-famous defense. Following this disaster of a game, big Ben shrewdly implemented a strategy called "throw it to Antonio Brown, not the other's team defense, you fat disgusting f***". The strategy paid rich rewards, as big Ben had an extremely productive 2nd half of the season, finishing QB8 in standard leagues.
big Ben's exceptional run of success almost made fantasy owners, and steeler fans alike, forget that he lost a 2nd straight time to the Jacksonville jaguars in the playoffs. Oh Ben, you're full of surprises.
What does the future hold? Well, if you're waiting on a QB, you could do worse. If you like seeing a QB throw 4 touchdowns in back to back games, you're in luck. If you like QBs that produce 4000 yards with 30 inconsistently distributed touchdowns, big Ben is definitely your guy.
If you're still confused over whether Jameis winston or Marcus Mariota will ever become start-able QB1s -*psssst...they won't!* - big Ben is a nice fall-back option - providing the same amount of excitement and bone-headed plays at a lower, more reasonable ADP.
Good luck to you all, and God bless America.