Only Folks Happier Than WRs to See Ben Return Are Fantasy Owners

The Steelers’ offense and passing game will get a huge lift now that franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been reinstated from suspension for violating Roger Goodell‘s personal, unwritten conduct policy despite never being arrested for a crime.

The stat lines for Steelers receiving targets should go up considerably, much to relief of their fantasy owners.

In 2009, the Steelers put up some gaudy offensive numbers:

QB Ben Roetlisberger, 4,328 passing yards, 26 passing TDs
No. 1 WR Santonio Holmes, 79 receptions, 1248 yards, 5 rec. TDs
No. 2 WR Hines Ward, 95 receptions, 1,167 yards, 6 rec. TDs
No. 3 WR Mike Wallace, 39 receptions, 756 yards, 6 rec. TDs.
No. 1 TE Heath Miller, 76 receptions, 789 yards, 6 rec. TDs.

In 2010, with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch at quarterback, the fantasy points for Pittsburgh receivers have been sparse. Here are their current and projected 16-game stats based on the four games played this season:

QB Chalrie Batch/Dennis Dixon, 2,424 yards passing, 12 passing TDs
No. 1 WR Mike Wallace, 36 receptions, 844 yards, 8 TDs
No. 2 WR Hines Ward, 48 receptions, 660 yards, 4 TDs
No. 3 WR Antwaan Randle El, 24 receptions, 288 yards, 0 TDs
No. 1 TE Heath Miller, 40 receptions, 400 yards, 0 TDs

Expect those projections to all go up over the next 12 weeks, with Wallace, Ward and Miller all becoming possible fantasy starters again.

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