Bernard Pierce Fantasy News

Ravens' RB2 could vary from game-to-game

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:17pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro have both gone through their ups and downs during the season. So which of them will back up Justin Forsett for the final six games of the season?

“That’s a good question,” Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak acknowledged. “We know who our ‘one’ is. Our ‘one’ is playing really well. No. 29 [Justin Forsett] has played extremely well. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between Lorenzo and Bernard.

“We’re continuing to look at that. I’m trying to see what Bernard does best and what Lorenzo does best.”

Kubiak’s response indicated that the No. 2 back could vary from game-to-game, and the Ravens may ride the hot hand between the two young backs.

Fantasy Impact:

Pierce most recently served as Forsett's primary backup, but it hardly sounds as if the job is his. The larger point is that this likely turns into a committee if something happens to Forsett down the stretch.

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Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:52pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The breakthrough season that Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was hoping for hasn't materialized. Pierce was initially projected as the starter once Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended and his $35 million contract was terminated.

However, a lost fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener, a subsequent quadriceps injury and the emergence of Justin Forsett as the Ravens' featured running back has affected Pierce's status.

During a 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Pierce was more involved in the offense than usual when he rushed for 31 yards on eight carries. Pierce had just one carry for 2 yards in a 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the previous week and was a healthy scratch against the Bengals the week before that.

Pierce hasn't complained about his status and said he's just trying to make the most out of his opportunities.

"It's definitely a confidence-booster," Pierce said after the win over the Titans. "I knew I still had it. Contributing to a win is definitely a good feeling."

Fantasy Impact:

Against Tennessee, Pierce had a long run of 10 yards. The Ravens wore down the Titans, rushing for 151 yards on 34 carries, but it was Forsett who led the way with 112 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Pierce had more of a role Sunday than rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who had three carries for 10 yards one week after he lost a fumble against the Steelers. Forsett is the team's lead back and the RB2 spot is going to the guy who hasn't fumbled most recently.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:46pm - [Full Article]

Bernard Pierce is back healthy, but Justin Forsett remains the lead dog for the Baltimore Ravens.

There’s been chatter around Baltimore as to who the Ravens’ top running back is in their strong rushing game. On Sunday in Tampa Bay, Forsett took another step in proving he’s the guy.

Forsett and the now healthy Pierce split the carries – Forsett got 14 and Pierce had 15. But Forsett took his for 111 yards (7.9 yard average), and Pierce totaled 32 yards (2.1 average) and a touchdown on his attempts.

Forsett got his fourth straight start, and kick-started the Ravens offense with a 52-yard jaunt on their second play of the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett, who still leads the NFL in average yards per carry (6.4), hadn’t logged a 100-yard game since 2009, his second year in the league when he was with the Seattle Seahawks. Forsett is fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards, trailing only Dallas' DeMarco Murray, Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell, Houston's Arian Foster and Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy. It didn't appear Forsett would step up to the lead role and keep it with the younger Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro as part of the running attack. For now, Forsett is taking advantage of his opportunities despite splitting carries with Pierce.

Ravens Beat: 'No plans' to reduce RB Justin Forsett's snaps

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Justin Forsett remains the safest choice to play in the Ravens' running-back-by-committee approach. Forsett is averaging 83 total yards per game, and coach John Harbaugh said there are no plans to reduce Forsett's snaps. The Ravens like Forsett's ability to break tackles so much that he has become the primary red zone back.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett seems a little dicey given the presence of a now-healthy Bernard Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, but it sounds like Harbaugh intends to keep him in the lead role. He is running great right now.

Ravens don't mind using three RBs

Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked Monday whether he was comfortable sticking with the hot hand at running back or if he preferred one back to step up to become the featured runner.

"I don't really care. It doesn't matter," Harbaugh said. "I just want yards. I want us to be averaging 4.5 to 5 yards per carry, and 5 yards a carry is what will lead the league. To do that, we have to rip off some long runs. And let's be good with three different guys. That's what we need to do."

The Ravens' running back by committee is working. The Ravens rank No. 9 in the NFL with an average of 4.7 yards per carry, and they're doing it by being the only team with three backs who have over 30 carries.

Fantasy Impact:

Justin Forsett, who has started the past three games, is the leading rusher with 297 yards. But Harbaugh made a point to say that he wants more carries for Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro. You get the sense that Harbaugh liked what he saw out of Pierce, whose four runs went for 13, 12, 3 and 3 yards, according to the story. Against the Panthers, Taliaferro was the closer and came on in the second half against a tired Panther defense, but didn't see much time when the Ravens trailed against the Colts Week 5. It very well could depend on how the game is going in terms of how each back is used. At least for now, Forsett is probably the safest among the three.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:50am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran hard through the middle for a pair of first downs in the third quarter Sunday, displaying no effects of a quadriceps injury that had hampered him for the past few weeks.

Despite Pierce gaining 13 yards and 12 yards on his first two carries, the drive stalled and he would see limited playing time overall in his first game back. Pierce finished with 30 yards on four carries in the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was his first action since getting hurt prior to the Ravens’ win last month over the Cleveland Browns.

“I felt good, like I was able to contribute to the best of my ability,” Pierce said. “Hopefully, that’s a start of more to come. Once I got in the game, it was starting to get away from us a little bit. We had to switch it up and go back to the air game.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens ran the ball a season-low 15 times for 90 yards, but averaged six yards per carry, led by Justin Forsett’s 42 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro carried just five times for 18 yards. Forsett did add seven catches for 55 yards, and with the return of Pierce, seems to be the go-to guy in this crowded backfield right now.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5. Pierce was held out of Week 4 after practicing fully last week. He may have fallen behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro on the depth chart, but we won’t know for sure until we see what happens against the Colts.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) took full practice reps again Thursday. Pierce was held out of Week 4 after practicing fully last week. He may have fallen behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro on the depth chart.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett is leading the NFL in yards per carry

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Justin Forsett first caught the attention of Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh during an offseason workout in the spring.

"When you first saw him come out here, it’s like, 'Whoa, he’s good.' He’s better than his reputation," Harbaugh said. "He’s underrated. You could see that right away. [He] had such a great feel for the offense. But I don’t know if I really could have guessed that he’d break tackles like he does. He’s really doing a great job in yards after the hit. That has been a strength, and you wouldn’t assume that just looking at him."

Forsett not only is an unexpected starter for the 3-1 Ravens but also is leading all qualified NFL running backs in yards per carry (5.8). Last season, the Ravens' top two running backs, Ray Rice (3.1) and Bernard Pierce (2.9), ranked in the bottom four in the league in rushing average.

Fantasy Impact:

Forsett is currently our #21 RB in standard formats, so we're expecting a solid week of production in a good matchup against the Colts. One thing working against him is the murkiness of the Ravens' backfield, but it sounds like he has carved out a nice niche for himself.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday. Pierce was held out of Week 4 after practicing fully last week. He may have fallen behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro on the depth chart.

Ravens held out Bernard Pierce as precaution

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:26am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Although Ravens RB Bernard Pierce practiced all week and was listed as probable, the Ravens held him out as a precautionary measure to avoid aggravating his strained quad injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Justin Forsett was the lead back for most of the game, and excelled in the role, before rookie and Lorenzo Taliaferro came on. The Ravens RB situation should still be considered muddy at this point. Last time Pierce played he performed well against the Steelers and last week it was Taliferro who shined.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Pierce will play, though his place in the pecking order is unclear after a nice game from rookie runner Lorenzo Taliaferro. Even the Baltimore running backs don’t know how the touches will be divvied up, as OC Gary Kubiak indicated that he was going to take a “hot hand” approach.

Kubiak: Ravens will take a 'hot hand' approach at running back

Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's no word yet on which running back will start or see the most touches for the Ravens...

"They're all going to play," OC Gary Kubiak said. "We're going to keep a fresh guy on the field -- that's what we're going to do -- and if we feel like one guys has the hot hand so to speak, then obviously he's going to go back out. I want them all to prepare as if they're starting."

Fantasy Impact:

Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett are all in the mix. Pierce has a pedestrian 4.0 YPC, while Taliaferro averaged 5.1 YPC in his first career game against the Browns in Week 3.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) took full practice reps again Thursday. Pierce is likely to play, though his place in the pecking order is unclear after a nice game from rookie runner Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday. Pierce seems likely to play, though his place in the pecking order is unclear after a nice game from rookie runner Lorenzo Taliaferro.