Mike Tomlin has already ruled out Ben Roethlisberger for Pittsburgh’s final regular-season game against the Browns. The Steelers won’t go as far as to treat Week 17 as a preseason game, but he made it clear that he was acknowledging that Rothlisberger would not play in the game. That seems like a bit of gamesmanship on his part as he went on to state that they would intend to win the game and that the players on the field would need to maintain the same effort and standard that the organization abides by.
Tomlin isn’t breaking any news here as every team wants to win the games they play in. The real question here is the level of players we can expect them to have on the field and for how long. Pittsburgh has the third seed for the playoffs, and a win on Sunday coupled with a Bills loss would move them up to the second seed. If both Pittsburgh and Buffalo win on Sunday, there would be no change to their seeding playoff.
With Mason Rudolph filling in for Roethlisberger, it’s difficult to project where his numbers might fall. There is so much uncertainty surrounding which players will actually be on the field. This is one of the challenges fantasy players face in the final week of the season. One only has to look at the point spread to get an idea of how things have shifted for this game. The look-ahead line before the start of Week 16 listed the Browns as a 4-point favorite. That line reopened on Sunday night with Cleveland as a 6-point favorite, and it’s now already up to -9.5 at FanDuel.
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