NFL fantasy football: Ben Roethlisberger possibly out awhile

Roethlisberger could miss multiple games: The Pittsburgh Steelers are sounding pessimistic about Ben Roethlisberger‘s shoulder injury while awaiting results of an MRI. While head coach Mike Tomlin referred to the injury as a sprain during his Tuesday news conference, the team fears Roethlisberger could have a separation or worse. Currently, Roethlisberger is expected to be questionable for Week 11, which could thrust Byron Leftwich into the starting role for the foreseeable future. Two of the Steelers’ next three games are against the rival Baltimore Ravens — not a pleasant matchup for any quarterback, let alone a backup. The good news for fantasy owners is that this is the final week of byes, which doesn’t a lot of top-tier fantasy quarterbacks. Don’t overreach for Leftwich.

Bears considering McCown: With quarterback Jay Cutler likely sidelined by a concussion, the Chicago Bears are considering bringing in Josh McCown to fill a reserve role. This isn’t to suggest fantasy owners should rush out and get McCown or likely interim starter Jason Campbell. Instead, look at this as an opportunity for Matt Forte and Michael Bush to carry a bigger load in the short term. The downside is that the Bears’ next four games are against the 49ers, Vikings (twice) and Seahawks — none of which are particularly friendly to opposing running backs. Forte isn’t a guy you’re likely to sit, but you may want to consider the situation before thrusting Bush into your lineup.

Jennings wants to play: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings says he’s ready to rejoin his teammates on the field, but team doctors might put the brakes on those intentions. An abdominal tear has kept the wideout off the field since Week 4, but he hopes to return for either Week 12 against the New York Giants or Week 13 versus the Minnesota Vikings. So far, doctors haven’t been willing to set a timeline for Jennings’ return. In his absence, Jordy NelsonJames Jones and Randall Cobb have filled in just fine. But the idea of having Jennings back in time for the fantasy playoffs is tantalizing for fantasy owners. If you stashed him, stay patient. If he’s available, go get him.

— Marcas Grant
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