Passer Pointers

Ben Roethlisberger
Alex Abboud

As we head into the second half of the fantasy football regular season and with the trade deadline fast approaching in many leagues, now is the time for owners who are battling for a playoff spot to start thinking about key changes they can make to improve their roster, whether it be via the trade market or the waiver wire. One potential change that could have an immediate impact is a change at the quarterback position, and the fact that Quarterback is the most prominent position in the game means that owners can overreact, either in a positive or negative way, based on recent developments.

SELL HIGH: Ben Roethlisberger
Coming off a career-best 522 yard, six touchdown performance against the Colts, there’s no better time to see what you can get for Big Ben on the trade front. Despite the gaudy stat line, Roethlisberger remains a low-end QB1 and more preferably a QB2 since he doesn’t put up big numbers on a consistent basis. Prior to this past Sunday, he had thrown multiple touchdowns in just three of his first seven games while eclipsing the 300-yard mark in only two of those contests.

BUY LOW: Eli Manning
Looking to erase memories of his dreadful 2013 campaign, the younger Manning got off to a shaky start this year, throwing a combined four interceptions over his first two games as he struggled to get used to the Giants’ new West Coast offense. Since then, however, Eli has posted an 11-to-1 TD/INT ratio. While the loss of top wideout Victor Cruz is a big one, the Giants are fresh off a well-timed bye week that Manning surely used to get more comfortable with his new combination of receivers. Do not be shocked if Manning, who might even be available on your waiver wire, delivers borderline QB1 production going forward.

About the Author

Zach Steinhorn

Zach Steinhorn

Zach Steinhorn has been playing fantasy sports since the turn of the century. A graduate of New York University, where he majored in Journalism, Zach served as a writer and broadcaster for WNYU Sports radio. Zach has worked at in New York City as a production assistant, fantasy baseball writer, researcher and blogger. He is also an editor and weekly columnist for Mastersball and a KFFL contributor.

In 2012, Zach began competing against other industry gurus in Tout Wars. A New Yorker and lifelong Yankee fan, he roots hard for his team... except when they are facing one of his fantasy starting pitchers.