Three and out: Grab Steelers Batch, just in case

Roethlisberger a game-time decision: Since suffering an ankle injury in Week 14, the Steelers have taken a cautious approach with Ben Roethlisberger, remaining optimistic that he could play Monday night against the 49ers. Knowing Big Ben’s history, it wouldn’t be completely surprising to see him play, especially with Pittsburgh still chasing the top playoff seed in the AFC. But this is also what we warned fantasy owners about all last week. Roethlisberger against an aggressive San Francisco defense doesn’t inspire much confidence. It’s even worse if his mobility is limited. If you decided to wait on Big Ben, run as quickly as you can to the waiver wire and pray that Charlie Batch is still available. Either way, it’s hard to see either Steelers QB putting up big fantasy numbers.

Green says he’ll play next week: Bengals WR A.J. Green says he’ll suit up in Week 16 against the Cardinals after spraining his shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Rams. Green’s been a solid fantasy performer all season long and if he plays, he deserves to start in fantasy against Arizona’s porous pass defense.

Knox out for season: It’s not a surprise, but Bears coach Lovie Smith announced that WR Johnny Knox is done for the year after suffering “a brutal hit”. While it’s disappointing on a fantasy level, in the bigger picture, the prognosis that Knox is expected to be able to resume a normal life and football career after surgery is very encouraging. For the rest of the Bears’ offense, it leaves quite a mess. The quarterback situation is far from settled with Caleb Hanie being pulled for Josh McCown late in the game and no other receivers have asserted themselves to take the No. 1 role. Chicago faces Green Bay next week, and while the Packers’ secondary is vulnerable, the Bears haven’t shown any reason to have confidence in their passing game.

— Marcas Grant

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