Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #35 113.32 BAL Probable 3 years 23 6'0 218 @BPierce_30

2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)

Last updated on Jul-02-2014 by Rob Warner

Pierce underwent shoulder surgery in January, but is expected to open the season as the Ravens' starting running back since Ray Rice is facing suspension. The 24-year-old Temple alum fell on his face in 2013: averaging just 2.9 yards per carry on 152 carries. Both he and Rice really struggled behind what turned out to be one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Over his first two seasons, Pierce has scored just three touchdowns. Without Rice around to share the workload, Pierce will have a golden opportunity for 20-plus touches per game as the Ravens' lead back in September. It is worth noting that the Ravens' schedule over the first month includes a few difficult matchups against solid run defenses (Cincinnati in Week 1 and Carolina in Week 4). Pierce's ADP (RB42, 123.02) places him around Round 11. This is a pretty good value if it turns out that Pierce hits the ground running as the team's starter.

Editor's note: A hot start would provide RB2-quality production from a back typically drafted as one of the top bench players on a given fantasy team. This offers valuable roster flexibility at the start of 2014. Unfortunately, you have to assume Baltimore's offensive struggles last year were the exception, not the rule.

Latest Update

Jul-24-14 Ravens RB Ray Rice to receive two-game suspension

ProFootballTalk reports that Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Rice was caught on tape striking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator on February 15. He originally faced a felony assault charge, but enrolled in a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid jail time. Rice will miss the first two games of the season against the Bengals and the Steelers.

Fantasy Analysis:

There's a lot of much-warranted discussion taking place right now about the message the NFL is sending by suspending players a year for substance abuse issues, while handing Rice a very-lenient two-game suspension for a violent offense. There's a strong whiff of wrongness about that. As far as fantasy goes, Ravens RB Bernard Pierce will fill in for the two games Rice will miss. If Pierce is able to take advantage of the opportunity, we could see a changing of the guard in Baltimore, especially if Rice continues the ineffective rushing he showed for most of last year. Rice is currently being drafted 27th among running backs, while Pierce is going 36th.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/24 - Ravens RB Ray Rice to receive two-game suspension
7/22 - Ravens RB Bernard Pierce cleared for camp
7/22 - Ravens notes: QB Joe Flacco gaining comfort; hope RB Ray Rice's suspension comes soon
7/18 - Ravens RB Justin Forsett in line for third-down duties

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
11.12 FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
9.08 Draft TV - I love Bernard Pierce! With Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator, Pierce was a flex play. As an RB4? I'm in love. I think he snipes TDs with very little red zone threats in Baltimore.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
8.12 FantasyTaz - Pierce is getting a lot of attention and with good reason. He looked really good with his limited chances last year and should get even more this year. Rice has averaged over 375 touches in each of his last 4 seasons, and the team will do what it is has to try and lessen that load. Pierce wont get 15 touches a game unless Rice goes down, but if he can average 12 touches a game and see an increase in receptions he is good value here. Of course nothing is guaranteed, but as my RB4, there really is not much risk with the pick.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
9.03 FFToolbox 
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