Rust Factor?

This week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will rejoin his Steelers teammates on the field; by the end of the month, Vincent Jackson will be back in the lineup for San Diego. Both players are viable fantasy prospects – Roethlisberger a solid No. 2 passer, Jackson a solid No. 2 receiver. Their returns could provide a boost to fantasy owners in need of help at either spot. The only concern is: How will time away from the game impact each player’s production?
Often when players miss extended time due to injury, fantasy owners observe a transitional period as the player does not perform up to his usual standards immediately. It’s common, and reason for fantasy owners to keep such players on the bench an extra week or two.
In the case of Roethlisberger and Jackson, no such action is necessary.
For Jackson, it’s just a matter of hopping back into an offense in which he has gained more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two years. He knows the playbook and has the confidence of his quarterback. If anything, Jackson’s biggest obstacle might be working past Malcom Floyd on the depth chart (Floyd has been the No. 1 in his absence).
For Roethlisberger, the same is true. He has been passing during his time off, and seems ready to rebuild his image. He already has the endorsement of Mike Tomlin, and now just needs to patch up a few issues with teammates.
Injuries require time to return to form. Suspensions and holdouts require time to pass, little more. Fantasy owners holding Roethlisberger or Jackson should give them the green light as soon as possible.


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