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We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and are not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Saturday afternoon, Adam Schefter broke the news about the future of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, “Ben Roethlisberger privately has told former teammates and some within the organization that he expects this to be his final season playing quarterback for the Steelers, league sources told ESPN.” In the upset victory over the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Roethlisberger played well, completing 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 236 yards and two scores. The Steelers are set up to win but will not be in a position to draft a quarterback in the top half of the first round so the team will likely either pursue a quarterback via trade or free agency. Aaron Rodgers landing in Pittsburgh would be the dream scenario.
Fantasy managers are clamoring to see more of rookie quarterback Trey Lance, but head coach Kyle Shanahan has resisted because he likes getting in a play-calling rhythm. Shanahan told reporters, “What’s been hard on me ... is when you do bring in a different quarterback who gets a different set of plays, it’s almost the first play I’ve been seeing of a new defense … (it) kind of hurts my rhythm a little bit." In fairness, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has played decently, well enough to keep Lance at bay for the remainder of the year. We expect to see the rookie if or when the 49ers are eliminated from the playoffs. The third-overall-pick will have to wait his turn. Hopefully, this is a quality learning opportunity to sit behind a veteran and learn the Shanahan system. Still brimming with upside, Lance is a future fantasy starter. It just may not be until 2022.
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