Ray Rice, RB Baltimore Ravens

2014 Strength of Schedule - BAL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
5
CIN
20
PIT
19
@CLE
3
CAR
13
@IND
2
@TB
17
ATL
5
@CIN
20
@PIT
31
TEN
BYE14
@NO
11
SD
22
@MIA
23
JAX
18
@HOU
19
CLE

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2013 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1DEN1236103.008350114.3853/8960%
2CLE1336012.7739033.0037/7251%
3HOU------------
4BUF517003.400001-43/6566%
5MIA2774212.74628074.6759/7777%
6GB1434002.43315045.0046/6670%
7PIT1545003.00427056.7544/6271%
8BYE------------
9CLE1117001.55321047.0050/7269%
10CIN1830001.67626064.3351/7469%
11CHI25131105.24317055.6759/7876%
12NYJ1630001.881-301-3.0035/6455%
13PIT1232002.67638076.3342/6367%
14MIN1767003.94542058.4061/8572%
15DET1256004.6718048.0044/6271%
16NE1140003.642230311.5032/7642%
17CIN615002.50735075.0048/6970%
Totals214660423.08583210735.53704/107466%

Most Recent News

Bernard Pierce says he's 'fine'

Monday, August 25, 2014, 9:50am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce made an early exit from Saturday night’s game against the Redskins after taking a blow to the head from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be out of the lineup for a long time.

Pierce tweeted on Sunday that he’s “fine” after undergoing evaluation for a concussion after the hit. It’s not clear whether or not Pierce was officially diagnosed with a concussion, which would mean he has to progress through the league’s protocol before returning to action, but he has two weeks before the start of the regular season to get cleared if that was the doctor’s finding.

Fantasy Impact:
He's been diagnosed with a mild concussion. If Pierce were to miss time, and with Ray Rice suspended, the Ravens would have to turn to Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro at running back. We'll have to see if Pierce is officially diagnosed with a concussion in terms of him having to follow protocol.

Scouting Report

Ray Rice is coming off a rough year. Not only did he finish 2013 with his worst season as a pro, only 660 yards and 4 touchdowns on a paltry 3.1 yards per carry average, but he was also arrested for an assault against his then fiancée in September. We know the impact of the arrest, a 2 game suspension to start the season. What we don’t know is if that 3.1 yards per carry was an anomaly or the start of a rapid decline for one of fantasy’s most consistent producers over the previous four seasons.

Fantasy Upside
Rice has always been versatile, and even last year he wound up catching nearly 60 balls, giving him added value in PPR leagues, and helping him stay on the field during passing downs. However, Rice’s upside really lies in two things: First, the hope that last season was an anomaly and that improvements on the O-Line (most notably from newly acquired former Buccaneers Center Jeremy Zuttah) will help; and Second, the hope that new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak can breathe life into one of last season’s worst rushing attacks in the NFL. Kubiak’s Texans were a debacle last year, but they were top ten in the league in rushing from 2010 through 2012, including ranking second in the NFL in 2011. Kubiak will bring his zone-blocking scheme he learned under Mike Shanahan with him to Baltimore, a scheme notorious for being running back friendly.

Fantasy Downside
There is always the possibility that Rice is simply done. Running backs often peak and then rapidly fizzle out (i.e. Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson), so it wouldn’t be unheard of for this to simply be all Rice has in the tank. While only 27, Rice has carried the ball nearly 1,500 times in his career. That’s an awful lot of hits for one body to take. Additionally, backup Bernard Pierce is looming, a player who struggled heavily last year, but had success the previous season. Missing the first two games of the season is also an obvious downside to his fantasy value.

Bottom Line
In all likelihood, Rice will bounce back after he serves his suspension. While he may not reach 300 carries again this year, he will still carry the load on what will ultimately be an improved offense this year. Carries and opportunity often mean great things for running backs. Rice has too many red flags to be considered a high draft choice, but for the right value, he could be a sneaky good RB2 or RB3 who still has RB1 upside.