Ranks reax: Losing faith in the Steelers

Updated: October 5, 2011, 3:59 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Whenever I look at any rankings, either the ESPN Week 5 rankings or other ones, there's always a name or two that just feels out of place. For me, heading into Week 5, those names belong to individuals on the Pittsburgh Steelers. I felt good about Ben Roethlisberger as a top-10 quarterback and Rashard Mendenhall as a top-10 running back and the team's normally stingy defense before the season … but no longer.

Roethlisberger is likely to play this weekend, but fantasy owners who leave him active simply based on his name, loyalty or previous numbers are missing the obvious: Not only is he limping around on a sprained left foot, but his situation reminds me of a far quicker and just as compelling quarterback calling another Pennsylvania city home. Michael Vick can't stay healthy behind a beaten and battered offensive line, and neither can Roethlisberger. At least Vick is playing decently; Big Ben ranks 28th in standard quarterback scoring so far. Even Donovan McNabb has more! Aaron Rodgers scored more in Week 4 alone than Roethlisberger has scored all season. Don't drop Roethlisberger, but a show-me game against a strong Tennessee Titans defense -- a top-10 fantasy defense so far -- is no time to expect a turnaround.