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RB Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens

6-0, 218Born: 5-10-1991College: TempleDrafted: Round 3

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Preseason player page

Pierce suffered a concussion in the third preseason game in late August. ***UPDATE - Pierce was able to practice fully before the Ravens Week 1 game. He began the game as the starter.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Pierce really did very little until the Ravens had the game in hand last Thursday. He's the lead back in Baltimore, but he is still only a flex play and probably a bit overrated in fantasy leagues right now.

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The post-Ray-Rice era continued in Baltimore last week with a 26-6 drubbing of the Steelers - Bernard Pierce led the team with 22/96/0 rushing and 1/7/0 receiving, while Justin Forsett contributed a non-trivial 8/56/0 rushing with 4/16/0 receiving to the mix. The Ravens look set with their 1-2 punch of Pierce and Forsett entering Week 3. Last year, the Browns were ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 111.3 rushing yards given up per game, with 13 rushing scores surrendered over 16 games - in other words, the Browns' rush defense is mediocre. Their mediocrity continued in Pittsburgh during Week One when Le'Veon Bell and company posted 28/127/2 rushing against this defensive front. New Orleans tore up the Cleveland front in Week 2, with 27/174/1 on the ground. Not too good, Browns' fans! This looks like a great matchup for Pierce and Forsett.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs CIN 6 14 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 vs PIT 22 96 0 2 1 7 0 0
3 at CLE PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 1 * * *
3 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 1 * * *
3 at CLE PROJ-Bloom 15 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CIN (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce was benched after fumbling the ball but had some ugly runs before he was pulled. On multiple occasions he tried to gain the edge for a big gain instead of cutting up field for sure yardage. He did make some nice cuts on some inside run plays following his blockers for nice yardage. Unfortunately he fumbled as soon as he started to find a rhythm.

2014 Week 2 vs PIT (22 / 96 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce is simply an average running back. He lacks special vision, quickness, power, and speed. He consistently gets less than what's blocked for him but flashes glimpses of being the no nonsense downhill runner he could be. Too often the offensive line got good initial push only to have Pierce plow head first into his blockers for minimal gain. Pierce got the majority of the short yardage carries but the Ravens weren't afraid to Forsett in near the goal line. No running back gets caught from behind trying to break into the second level by slow fat guys more than Bernard Pierce. He had one such carry to open the second drive for a nice gain but it's a reminder that well blocked plays sometimes feel wasted on Pierce. Pierce was given at least 5 carries inside the 5 yard line and couldn't convert any of them. Towards the end of the game the Ravens began dominating the line of scrimmage. Pierce was able to gain the edge multiple times and pick up nice chunks of yardage to boost his yards per carry. With goal line opportunities and ample carries Pierce should remain a solid running back 2 in fantasy.

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Latest News

Ravens | Bernard Pierce heads backfield (Thu Sep 11, 11:42 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce had 22 carries for 96 yards in the team's Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Pierce was bottled up until two long runs late against a Steelers defense that capitulated. He is still a low ceiling flex play as the Ravens had much less success running the ball than the Browns did against the Browns last week, at least until the game was broken open in the fourth quarter.
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Ravens | Bernard Pierce should run most (Wed Sep 10, 10:49 AM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce figures to be the running back with the most carries at the end of the season, in the opinion of beat writer Jamison Hensley.

Our View: That's interesting, but it's an educated guess. Pierce was unimpressive in Week 1, and he was outplayed by veteran Justin Forsett. The Ravens RB situation is a mess, and one fantasy owners need to cautiously monitor. The back to emerge from this pack may not even be on the roster right now.
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Ravens | Ravens have faith in Bernard Pierce (Tue Sep 9, 06:55 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce hasn't lost the faith of head coach John Harbaugh after fumbling in the team's Week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: It's great to have faith in your back, but he's got to hang onto the rock and he's got to produce in order to stay in the lineup. We could see more from Justin Forsett against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
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Ravens | Ravens RBs to see a lot of work (Tue Sep 9, 02:29 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RBs Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett will 'both play a lot' in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Sept. 11, and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro 'will be a big part of it, too,' according to head coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh said Pierce is fine health-wise, but he was benched in Week 1 after fumbling. Forsett has the trust of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak after the two worked together with the Houston Texans.

Our View: The match against the Steelers is not as suffocating as in year's past. The Steelers allowed the Browns to run for 183 yards on 30 carries in Week 1. Pierce struggled in Week 1, so Forsett could be the back that emerges in Baltimore.
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NFL | Ray Rice video news to league (Mon Sep 8, 10:59 AM) - The NFL didn't see Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice strike his now wife, Janay Rice, in video footage before suspending him for two games, according to NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy. 'We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,' McCarthy said. 'That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.'

Our View: Anyone who has seen the video knows how truly horrifying it is. We may see Rice get additional punishment now that more information has been released.
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Schedule

3@ Cleveland Browns
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Indianapolis Colts
6@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8@ Cincinnati Bengals
9@ Pittsburgh Steelers
10vs Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns