NFL fantasy football: Ben Roethlisberger out for Sunday

Roethlisberger has “little chance” of playing: Charlie Batch is going to make another start at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week after reports that Ben Roethlisberger will not play. Plenty of Big Ben’s teammates have talked up the quarterback’s toughness this week, perhaps a bit of wishful thinking that Roethlisberger would play in Week 13. But nearly no amount of toughness can make up for a lack of strength in your throwing shoulder — the issue Roethlisberger is currently dealing with. Last week, the Browns made life miserable for Batch and the Steelers’ offense and things won’t get any easier this week against the Ravens. Counting on any Steelers offensive players this week could be difficult.

Bills to run more in red zone: As C.J. Spiller has emerged into more of an offensive threat, Bills fans and fantasy owners alike have been frustrated by the team taking the running back out of the game at key moments. It’s a trend that coach Chan Gailey has noticed and hopes to correct going forward, telling the Buffalo News that the team needs to run the ball more often in the red zone. That’s good news for Spiller owners … unless, of course, those touches start going to Fred Jackson. Sunday would be a good time for the Bills to start working on this new strategy. Their Week 13 opponent — the Jacksonville Jaguars — have allowed the fifth-most points to fantasy running backs this season.

Vick might be done for season: All signs point to Nick Foles making another start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, he could finish the year under center after reports that Michael Vick’s concussion symptoms are getting worse, not better. It seems that there is little reason for the Eagles to rush Vick back to action. The team is 3-8, in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and very likely to clean house at the end of the year. It is the perfect opportunity to see who the team should build around going forward. The same applies for Bryce Brown, who should once again be Philly’s primary running back with LeSean McCoy still recuperating from his own concussion symptoms.

– Marcas Grant
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