Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
|RB - #35||118.32||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.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/24 - 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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July 14, 2014
|9.08||#28 World Ranked - I needed to invest in RB again. Pierce could open the season as the starter and if all goes well carve out a nice role in Kubiak's RB friendly system.|
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