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Ben Roethlisberger Update Boosts Fantasy Outlook for Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson

Jason Schandl
Ben Roethlisberger COVID update boosts Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson's fantasy football outlook for Week 11.
Ben Roethlisberger COVID update boosts Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson's fantasy football outlook for Week 11. / Emilee Chinn/GettyImages

It's no secret that Mason Rudolph is not good, and he showed last week that he's "16 points against the Detroit Lions" level not good. That means the Pittsburgh Steelers' entire offense takes a huge hit in fantasy football when he's under center.

For fantasy managers relying on any Steelers players, the latest Ben Roethlisberger update is amazing news. He's expected to be back in action on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The plan was always for Big Ben to play if he could clear COVID-19 protocols in time to travel on Saturday, and that is exactly what is happening.

Roethlisberger himself isn't a viable fantasy play, ranking as QB31 with just 13.3 fantasy points per game on the season, but this is big for everyone else.

Najee Harris still managed to return solid value on the back of a 30-touch game, but that volume was the results of the Steelers running an absurd 71 offensive plays.

Diontae Johnson also posted fine numbers (13.3 PPR fantasy points) in the game, but again that was purely volume related, as he saw 13 targets on Rudolph's 50 pass attempts. He averaged just 6.4 yards per target, compared to 7.7 in his first seven games of the season.

The Chargers don't make for an especially tough matchup, checking in at 18th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric, and Johnson and Harris are both great starts this week with Ben back. Harris ranks at RB2 while Johnson is WR13 in The Duel's Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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