Ben Roethlisberger: Latest Waiver Wire Advice, Fantasy & Injury Update

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst INovember 25, 2012

Nov 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) on the sidelines in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Ben Roethlisberger had to watch from the sidelines as the Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Cleveland Browns for the first time since 2009 and the second time since 2003 while turning the ball over a ridiculous eight times in defeat. 

Big Ben is dealing with a rib and shoulder injury, and many initially believed he would be out for a considerable amount of time. 

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen via, Roethlisberger "just may" play in the crucial clash with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Per the same report, "Big Ben will resume soft tossing early this week and the Steelers will likely make a late-week decision on his Week 13 availability, based on pain tolerance and range of motion on his throwing side."

So, clearly, closely monitoring Roethlisberger's practice availability this week would be in any fantasy owner's best interest. 

But, if you're in a pinch and would rather get a healthy starting quarterback into your lineup next week, taking a chance on Chad Henne, a guy who has thrown for an average of 307 yards over the last two weeks with six touchdowns and only two interceptions. 

He is on the road against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13, and opposing signal-callers average a QB rating of nearly 93 against them. 

If you're really desperate, the acquisition of Jake Locker wouldn't be foolish. 

He hasn't played particularly well since returning from injury, but he does have some big play potential with Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt out wide and does leave the pocket often on scrambles.

As the week progresses, we'll learn more about Big Ben, but based on the importance of the game against the Ravens and his general toughness, don't be surprised if Roethlisberger suits up. 

However, it would be hard to imagine him having a major impact without being close to 100 percent.