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|The knock on Pierce coming out of Temple as a 3rd round pick in 2012 was that, despite having good size at 6’0” and 218 pounds, he too often avoided contact and that he couldn’t stay healthy. Becoming a Raven apparently changed all that. Pierce was a force as a rookie, gaining 532 yards and scoring once on 108 touches as he muscled a decent number of opportunities away from one of the league’s top running backs (Ray Rice). Pierce put a stranglehold on the backup running back position in Baltimore and off-season whispers were that he could carve out a larger role in 2013 provided he improves as a receiver and pass protector. Consider Pierce a mid-tier RB4, a must have handcuff to Rice and a potential flex option in 12-team leagues in 2012. We also like his dynasty potential.
Comment: A valuable handcuff to Ray Rice with good upside.
| Ray Rice expected to play -- Sun Sep 29 9:40 am --|
Rice listed as questionable
|Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is expected to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills barring a setback to his hip injury in pregame warm-ups, a league source has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It will be hard for fantasy owners to keep Rice on the bench against a shaky Bills defense however it's unclear how much of a workload Rice will take on. Bernard Pierce is a flex consideration in non-PPR leagues.
| Ray Rice a gametime decision -- Fri Sep 20 12:50 pm --|
No practice for Rice on Friday
|John Harbaugh said no changes to injury report. Game time decision for Ray Rice, Chris Canty. (Aaron Wilson via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Given that Rice didn't practice at all this week he would be a dicey fantasy play even if he did suit up on Sunday. It's likely he will be inactive but check back Sunday morning for another report. Bernard Pierce would start and be a RB2 against the Texans if Rice sits.
| Rice's hip injury not considered serious -- Mon Sep 16 6:15 pm --|
Will be re-evaluated prior to Week 3 game vs. Texans
|Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice's strained left hip flexor isn't regarded as serious, according to coach John Harbaugh. He said Rice didn't have a MRI, which is considered a positive indicator of his status.
Harbaugh said Rice will probably be rested in practice and then re-evaluated by the weekend as to whether he can play Sunday against the Houston Texans. (Baltmore Sun)|
FF Today's Take: Rice hasn't missed a game since rookie season in 2008, so the odds are high he'll be in the lineup in Week 3. Of bigger concern has to be his 2.9 yard-per-carry average and 11 receptions for just 44 yards. Thanks to Rice's second-half injury on Sunday, backup Bernard Pierce has out-carried Rice 28-25 through two games. Pierce would assume feature-back duties and be a fine RB2 in all formats if Rice was to miss a game.
| Ravens hopeful for quick return of Rice -- Sun Sep 15 6:45 pm --|
Left hip flexor strain
|Ravens star running back Ray Rice suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, a potential setback for the offense. Although the injury initially appeared serious as trainers attended to him on the field, Rice walked off the field under his own power. However, the Pro Bowl runner didn't return. Rice wasn't on crutches after the game and wasn't limping badly.
The Ravens are hopeful that the injury isn't going to sideline Rice long and he's not scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging exam. (Baltimore Sun)|
FF Today's Take: Bernard Pierce (57 yards, 19 carries) handling the rushing duties with Rice on the sidelines. It appears Rice has escaped with only a minor injury but we'll monitor his status as the week progresses.