Week 1 Fantasy Football Matchups
Ray Rice was a top pick in Fantasy drafts in the summer. But a Week 1 matchup has our Dave Richard thinking twice about starting him. Sounds crazy, but a matchup against the Steelers will do that to you. Check out our Week 1 Fantasy Football Matchups, where we break down every game on the slate.
For those of you that drafted Ray Rice and can't fathom benching him right out of the gate, we completely understand. However, for those of you that always take matchups into consideration, here are some numbers you should know. He's scored exactly one touchdown in five career games against the Steelers. He had back-to-back 100-total-yard games against them in 2009 but couldn't do any better than 64 total yards in three tries last year.
Since John Harbaugh became Ravens head coach his team has scored just six rushing touchdowns on Pittsburgh (eight games) with only one 100-yard rusher (Rice, Dec. 27, 2009). We can't blame you for starting Rice -- we think he'll be phenomenal against lesser defenses -- but unless the Steelers' scheme evaporates, he might not give you what you drafted him for in Week 1.