Ravens Fantasy News

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 3. Flacco got a day off due to a cold, that’s all.

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Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Pierce’s questionable tag means that he’s no sure thing to play through the thigh injury. Justin Forsett would likely see a big workload, though Lorenzo Taliaferro might start to see some touches in a change-of-pace role.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Flacco got a day off due to a cold, that’s all. He's a low-end QB2 against the Browns this week.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Midweek downgrades are never a good sign. We’ll monitor his progress this week. Justin Forsett would be a Sneaky Start if Pierce can’t play.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) did not practice Wednesday. Flacco got a day off due to a cold, that’s all.

Ray Rice expected to appeal suspension

Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:39am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Ray Rice hasn’t said or done much since he was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL last Monday. This Monday, he’ll say plenty.

According to multiple league sources, Rice will appeal the indefinite suspension on Monday. The appeal will be handled by the NFLPA and by an outside lawyer retained by Rice.

Because the indefinite suspension was imposed under the personal-conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell will have the ultimate authority over the appeal. Don’t be surprised if Rice and the union ask that Goodell designate a hearing officer who has no current connection to the league office, which Goodell ultimately did in the appeal of the players suspended in connection with the Saints bounty case.

Fantasy Impact:

Goodell also will be a witness in the appeal process, since one of the key questions is whether Rice lied to the team or the league about what happened in the elevator, the story added. Rice is expected to contend that he told the team and the league the truth. Ultimately, the person who resolves the appeal will have to hear testimony from Rice, Goodell, and other witnesses before deciding whether Rice lied — especially since Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome has said that Rice didn’t lie. In terms of fantasy football, it's hard to believe any team would give Rice a look, at least this season. Many feel he will never play in the league again.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:43pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

It's been a quiet two games for Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro since leading the NFL in preseason rushing yards.

With zero carries so far with one pass thrown in his direction for an incompletion against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina says he's remaining patient and waiting his turn.

Taliaferro ranks third on the depth chart behind starting running back Bernard Pierce and backup Justin Forsett and has been active for each game, primarily operating on special teams. Pierce rushed for a game-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Forsett scored a touchdown against the Bengals as he gained 70 yards and had a 41-yard run against the Steelers.

"I don't know what my role is going to be," said Taliaferro who rushed for 243 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries during the preseason. "I just know I'm ready for whatever it is. I can't control any of that. All I can control is what I do when my number is called in that moment."

Fantasy Impact:

Taliaferro is a power runner with a fairly upright running style at 6-foot, 226 yards. Taliaferro was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year last season when he rushed for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns, the story says. One has to think his time is coming with Ray Rice now out of the picture. Pierce was much improved Thursday night against the Steelers but a lot of questions still remain with this Raven RB group.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The other effect missing RB Adrian Peterson has on the Vikings, of course, is how much attention he commands from defenses.

Six of his 21 carries came against eight-man fronts last week; only the Baltimore Ravens' Bernard Pierce had more carries against an eight-man front in Week 1, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Vikings faked handoffs to Peterson on Cordarrelle Patterson's two jet sweeps last week, and without Peterson on the field, defenses can devote more attention to Patterson and possibly avoid committing an extra defender to the run.

The Vikings have still managed to average 4.57 yards per carry in games Peterson has missed since 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information, but there's little doubt their offense will take on a different configuration Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

RBs Matt Asiata and rookie Jerick McKinnon will get most of the rushes, but Patterson could see more touches in that capacity. The Pats have proven to be very good at taking away a player on offense they deem most dangerous, and that now becomes Patterson. But at the same time, the Vikings could try to get Patterson a few more touches as he's now their most explosive player. Patterson's fantasy value should go up a bit with Peterson out of the picture.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:13pm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Bell is good to go for a tough matchup against the Ravens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Brown is in for a Thursday night matchup against the Ravens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin, out) did not practice Wednesday. Moore is out again so look for Justin Brown to handle WR3 duties against the Ravens.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Wheaton will try to follow up a good Week 1 performance against the Ravens on Thursday night.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Miller is good to go for the Ravens on Thursday Night Football.

Ravens Beat: Justin Forsett 'favorite to start' Week 2

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:36pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley:

As I touched upon Monday, the Ravens will likely go with a running back by committee approach because there is no established starter. The three tailbacks on the roster -- Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro -- have a combined nine NFL starts. That's a stark contrast to Rice's 80 career starts.

Forsett is the favorite to start Thursday night after he gained 70 yards on 11 carries in the season opener and played most of the snaps in the second half. Harbaugh explained that Forsett got the chance because Pierce fumbled in the second quarter, but Forsett's production kept Pierce on the sideline.

Pierce remains in the Ravens' plan at running back despite being benched for the entire second half Sunday, Harbaugh said. Of all of the Ravens' backs, Pierce figures to be the back who ends up with the most carries by the end of the season.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that Hensley believes that Forsett is the favorite to start yet he also suggest that Pierce will get the most carries this year. Our money is on Pierce for the long haul, but he wasn't very good last year and didn't get off to an inspiring start in Week 1. Taliaferro is the wild card.