The side effect is that the competitive element created by positions has been watered down to the point that I pay almost no attention to position eligibility as I draft in standard formats (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, 3 Util). Granted, positions play a slightly more important role in roto games, where specific stats matter, but in points leagues, where only your all-around statistical production matters, it means next to nothing.
“I love this game, I love this sport, I love my teammates, the fans — I give everything I have,” Roethlisberger said. “If I didn’t care, a game like last Sunday wouldn’t have bothered me. … It ticks me off that I played like that.”
Roethlisberger has one 300-yard passing performance in his past 11 regular-season games, and the Steelers (3-2) haven’t surpassed 26 points all season. The Steelers went 0-for-3 in the red zone Sunday.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger’s Week 5 decision-making could have been better, but “probably wasn’t as catastrophic as the statistics bear out,” citing Roethlisberger getting hit on multiple throws that were intercepted.
There’s precedent with this injury. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in 2013. Green Bay was 5-2 going into the game in which he was injured (against Chicago), lost that game, then went 2-5-1 without him using a combination of Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn. Upon Rodgers’ return, the Packers beat the Bears and won the NFC North with an 8-7-1 record before they lost to the 49ers, led by Kaepernick, in the playoffs.
If Rodgers can come back and the Packers can hang in an ugly division, a similar scenario could unfold this season. That is Green Bay’s best hope until the “season ending” rumor becomes reality.