While Ravens RB Ray Rice has been firmly entrenched at the top of the depth chart the last few seasons, he’ll get pushed by Bernard Pierce this season. The two backs have different styles, so rotating them in and out of games will allow them both to stay fresh and also mix up the looks for the defenses. Rice had 257 carries to Pierce’s 108 last year, but a strong showing from Pierce could balance out that distribution a little more.
Rice should see an increase in catches this season as the team tries to replace Anquan Boldin. Rice averaged 72.3 catches from 2009-2011, but "only" caught 61 passes in 2012. If his role grows in the passing game, it should offset any lost carries, especially in PPR formats.