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Week 1 vs. KC
Rushing: 19 / 108 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 12 / 0 on 4 targets
Rice was the featured tailback for the Ravens in Week 1, racking up over 100 yards for just the second time in his young career. He lost out on a touchdown by stepping out at the one-yard line and getting vultured by Le'Ron McClain. Rice was highly productive all game, gaining 75 yards in the second half alone. He is not much of a cutter or slash and dash back, but he will hit a hole hard and run strong behind his pads, gaining full advantage of what his offensive line gives him. Should he start to get more goal line work the fantasy RB2 could move up in value as the season wears on, but for now he is limited in upside with both Willis McGahee and LeRon McClain stealing his scoring opportunities.
Week 2 vs. SD
Rushing: 8 / 36 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 46 / 0 on 6 targets
One of the biggest fantasy breakout candidates of the season is Ray Rice. After a successful Week 1 performance, a lot of owners expected him to really bust loose against San Diego. While Rice did look good with the ball in his hands, he didn't come close to busting out. Rather than shoulder the load on the ground, he saw just eight carries to Willis McGahee's fifteen. What's more, Rice failed to find the end zone --- something he has still never done in his career. Rice was active in the passing game, showing terrific hands and concentration on a fade down the sideline, and showing excellent agility in the open field.
Week 3 vs. CLE
Rushing: 11 / 48 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 27 / 0 on 7 targets
Rice was effective between the tackles, grinding out yards on early downs and between the twenties before giving way to Willis McGahee in the red zone. Rice was also productive as a receiver out of the backfield, as the Ravens targeted him over the middle and on flares frequently.
Week 4 vs. NE
Rushing: 11 / 103 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 49 / 0 on 7 targets
Rice had a 100-yard game on only 11 carries. He ran with great power for a smaller back, breaking tackles and using his superior balance to get yards after contact. He also showed a second gear on his long run of 50 yards, and did a lot of damage as a receiver out of the backfield, especially on the would-be game-winning drive. He even spun in the air to make one catch, and flashed an unstoppable stop-start move on a few touches. He's the best offensive weapon on this team.
Week 5 vs. CIN
Rushing: 14 / 69 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 74 / 1 on 8 targets
Rice took nearly all of the rush attempts for Baltimore this week, with 14 to Willis McGahee's one. The Ravens had very few red zone snaps, however, which is where McGahee usually gets most of his work. Rice was decisive, but found little running room inside. He looked better when able to bounce runs outside the tackles. He was also very effective as an outlet receiver and broke multiple tackles on a short pass he turned into a long touchdown.
Week 6 vs. MIN
Rushing: 10 / 77 / 2
Receiving: 10 / 117 / 0 on 11 targets
Willis McGahee may still be on the team, but Ray Rice is the leading runner. Rice was the spark plug that kept the Baltimore engine running, despite being down by as many as 17 points with ten minutes to go. Rice ran hard against a tough Minnesota defense, and was a big part of the Baltimore comeback late in the game. When the Vikings were blitzing, and the wideouts were covered, Flacco calmly dumped the ball to Rice underneath for short and medium gains. On the final drive of the first half, Flacco hit Rice on four of his first five passes, taking what the defense would give and putting his team in a position to get some points on the board. After a quiet first half, Rice exploded in the second half. When the Ravens were making a comeback, he took a short screen pass, broke four tackles and raced 62 yards to set up the 12 yard pass to Mason. On the next possession, he took an off tackle run 33 yards untouched into the end zone and give the Ravens their first lead of the game. On the final possession, Rice had three touches, including a short run to set up the game winning FG. He finished the game with 20 touches for almost 200 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDS.
Week 8 vs. DEN
Rushing: 23 / 84 / 1
Receiving: 5 / 24 / 0 on 5 targets
The Broncos really didn't have an answer for Ray Rice on Sunday. Rice didn't finish with the greatest YPC average, but he was running hard and kept his legs churning after contact. With his short stature he was able to hide behind the big offensive linemen, only to burst into the second level and keep the chains moving. When the Ravens went into a hurry up offense it caught the Broncos off guard, which only led to even bigger gains for Ray Rice. As always, Rice was again a trusted receiver for Flacco out of the backfield. With good special teams play the Ravens starting position on most drives was near mid-field. This means the team didn't have to go very far to get into scoring position. Rice was patient and thus able to maximize the amount of yardage on each carry.
Week 9 vs. CIN
Rushing: 12 / 48 / 1
Receiving: 8 / 87 / 0 on 8 targets
Rice ran hard between the tackles, busting through small holes to gain tough yardage on only 12 carries. Rice was again very effective as a receiver, catching all eight of his targets, often for good yardage. He continues to be difficult to bring down in the open field, using a very good pad level to break tackles and the vision to elude defenders. Willis McGahee spelled him for only a few snaps and saw no rushing attempts. Rice got all the work on the Ravens' lone drive inside the red zone and scored on a tough inside run.
Week 10 vs. CLE
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 20 / 89 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 0 on 3 targets
Rice didn't find much room to run against a surprisingly stout Browns defense, but he did convert a 2nd-and-18 on the first half drive that ended with a missed field goal by Steven Hauschka, and he got the 13-yard TD in the second half against a discombobulated Cleveland defense that only had 10 men on the field. Rice ran with his typical strong leg drive and good pad level, getting extra yards even though he was often met at the line of scrimmage. He wasn't used as much as a receiver because the Ravens were able to play conservative offense for most of the second half and never trailed.
Week 11 vs. IND
Rushing: 20 / 71 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 64 / 0 on 10 targets
Ray Rice has become the catalyst for the Baltimore Ravens and in week 11 this proved to be the case yet again. Rice consistently displayed extremely strong running with his low center of gravity and was a vicious two-way threat in the passing game as well. He was continually leaned on this week by QB Joe Flacco when Flacco did not time to find his options downfield. Rice's strong running was put on display in the 2nd quarter when he broke off a 14 yard run, weaving his way through the front 7 of the Colts. Rice finished with 135 total yards, but failed to find the end zone for the 1st time since week 4.
Week 12 vs. PIT
Rushing: 19 / 88 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 67 / 0 on 5 targets
We have reached a point where we know what we are going to get from Ray Rice on a week to week basis. He is super quick, has a low center of gravity, makes extremely fast cuts, and sees the field in front him as well as anybody in the league right now. All of that plus the fact that his coach is giving him a consistent workload every week means his value is top shelf to fantasy owners. Rice was featured throughout the game and was breaking off decent sized chunks of yardage often on the ground and through the air. His high work rate culminated in a game changing play late in the game. Rice worked out of the slot for a huge 4th down conversion. On the play, Flacco saw that LB James Farrior was guarding him man to man and got the ball to him immediately on a slant route. Rice took the pass and broke multiple tackles, spinning his way to a 44 yard gain. His efforts setup the game tying FG. In overtime he ran hard while setting up the Ravens game-winning kick.
Week 13 vs. GB
Rushing: 14 / 54 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 17 / 0 on 6 targets
Rice's night got off on the wrong foot when his fumble stalled the Ravens early momentum, and he never really recovered. He was contained well all night as a receiver and a runner. Nick Barnett stoned him for a big loss on one reception, and he had to do everything he could turn a loss into a meager gain on another catch. His best run of the night came in garbage time, and he was pulled at the goal line for McGahee. Once the Ravens fell behind, Rice wasn't involved heavily in the game plan. Rice owners can take solace in the juicy matchup vs. Detroit this week.
Week 14 vs. DET
Rushing: 13 / 166 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 53 / 0 on 7 targets
Ray Rice exploded against the Detroit Lions, gashing their defense for big play after big play throughout the first half. Rice had 151 yards on just nine carries before intermission, including a 59-yard touchdown right through the middle of the line and down the left hash marks for an easy score. Rice was given most of the second half off to relax as Baltimore was quickly up 27-3 by the middle of the third quarter and it was not even that close of a game. Rice gets to rest up and get ready for a good matchup at home against the Bears in Week 15.
Week 15 vs. CHI
Rushing: 16 / 87 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 17 / 0 on 5 targets
The Ravens line was creating big holes for Rice early, and he maximized those gains with good moves in the open field, a legit second gear, and the balance and strength to break weak tackle attempts. He set up a first and goal in the first half, but the Ravens called a passing play that Flacco and Heap converted on the next play. The Bears clamped down on Rice in the passing game, finding him quickly in space, and they also kept him from being effective in the second half when the game was getting out of hand. Rice did have a long catch and run negated by an incidental penalty. This game represents his floor on a day that the passing game took away all of his scoring opportunities.
Week 16 vs. PIT
Rushing: 30 / 141 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 2 targets
Ray Rice ran hard and pinballed through the Pittsburgh defense on 30 carries, easily topping the 100-yard barrier in Week 16. The diminutive but powerful rusher eluded the first tackler most of the time, picking up extra yardage after first contact even when dashing up the middle. Rice became the first Steelers opponent to rush for over 100 yards against the Steelers since December of 2007 and should have another solid game against the Raiders next week.
Week 17 vs. OAK
Rushing: 14 / 70 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 19 / 0 on 7 targets
Rice put his usual explosiveness on display making it look easy as he made quick cuts with stellar footwork at the line of scrimmage from the get go. He was also QB Joe Flacco's safety valve when he was under pressure, grabbing 4 catches out of the backfield. As the game progressed Rice took a backseat to Willis McGahee, however he still managed to cross the 2,000 total yards plateau on the season for his squad. An immense talent heading into 2010, he is sure bet to increase his TD total next season and he could be poised for top2 or 3 type production at RB.
Week 18 vs. NE
Rushing: 22 / 159 / 2
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
The Patriots seemed to have no answer for Rice in these teams first meeting, and that showed when he took his first touch to the house, even outrunning swift safety Brandon Meriweather on the way to paydirt. Rice also scored the Ravens third TD and set up their second TD by breaking tackles on the way to a tough third-down conversion in the red zone. He has cemented his status as a top 5 pick in 2010 fantasy drafts with this performance.
Week 19 vs. IND
Rushing: 13 / 67 / 0
Receiving: 9 / 60 / 0 on 12 targets
Rice was up to his usual dynamic self this week in the playoffs vs. the Colts. He put his unbelievably stout and shifty running to use on the ground and through the air. His QB relied on him often in the Ravens short passing attack (9 catches on 11 targets) and he found some running room on the day (5.2 ypc). The problem was that Baltimore played from behind for the entire 2nd half. Rice made some things happen, but he was not able to shoulder the entire load for his team this week.