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Ben Roethlisberger expected to miss 4-6 weeks, tough break for fantasy owners

The Pittsburgh Steelers lose their starting quarterback for multiple games following surgery. We break down the fantasy impact.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is projected to miss four to six weeks after having outpatient meniscus surgery on his knee Monday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Roethlisberger was injured midway through the second quarter of the Steelers’ 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday.

The four-time Pro Bowler said Wednesday that his knee looked good, but, “there still was some stuff in there from when I had my bone bruise last season in St. Louis,” reports Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Roethlisberger also mentioned there is no way to put an exact timetable on his return and that pain will have an effect on his ability to play.

Backup Landry Jones will start for the Steelers in Roethlisberger’s absence. Pittsburgh faces the New England Patriots in Week 7 before a bye in Week 8.

Fantasy Impact: This is bad news for the Steelers and many fantasy owners. Roethlisberger was having another strong season with 1,685 yards and a league-leading 16 touchdowns.

His effect will be felt throughout the offense as receivers now have to transition to backup Jones. The fourth-year QB has thrown for a little over 500 yards in his whole career. Antonio Brown and the Steelers receiving core will likely have a dip in fantasy value while Roethlisberger is out.