Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
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Ben Roethlisberger (Jan ADP: 164, QB20)
Roethlisberger had arguably his best season as a pro in 2018, eclipsing the 5,000 yard passing mark in a season for the first time in his career, and becoming one of only seven quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a single season. Roethlisberger’s 5,129 yards is also the seventh-most passing yards thrown by a quarterback in a single season. In addition to leading the NFL in passing yards, he posted personal bests in passing attempts (675), completions (452), and touchdown passes (34) while leading the Steelers to a 9-6-1 record. While that record wasn’t enough to get the Steelers to the postseason, Roethlisberger finished 2018 as the fantasy QB3.
Certainly, the emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster player a roll in helping Roethlisberger post a career year. Having an option 1B across from longtime go-to wide receiver Antonio Brown’s 1A, Roethlisberger had potent weapons at the wide receiver position. Add a healthy Vance McDonald at tight end and James Conner coming out of the backfield, and it’s easy to see why Roethlisberger had the year that he did.