I know that the NFL reporters are wondering what the Ben Roethlisberger suspension does for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They want to act honorable for thinking about Big Ben's well being and the future of the Steelers.
You do not have to lie, the first thing you thought when you heard about the suspension is what does this do for his fantasy value and where do I draft him in 2010. It is nothing to be embarrassed about, it is the world we live in.
The suspension has a couple of twists to it. It is officially listed as a six-game suspension and he has to take a comprehensive behavioral evaluation. Commissioner Roger Goodell will evaluate Roethlisberger's progress before the start of the NFL season and could consider reducing the suspension from six games to four games. Big Ben could also mess up between now and then and have the suspension lengthened.
There is also the posibility of a
trade happening, although that should be worked out prior to the draft.
From the reports I am reading on Twitter, the St. Louis Rams and
Buffalo Bills are telling people they have no interest. There is a lot
of speculation surrounding Oakland. If Big Ben is still on the roster
after this week, chances are good that he will be not be dealt until
after the 2010 season.
I think you go with the facts on the table, not assumptions. Right now he is suspended for six games and that is how I would approach things if my league's draft was being held today. As we get closer to fantasy draft day, if it looks like the suspension will be reduced, you adjust for that. If Big Ben parties with another 20-year old and charges are brought, you than prepare for a season long suspension. As it is, the facts on the table say six games.
Let us look at how this affects the various Steeler fantasy players: