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Ray Rice, Trent Richardson highlight RB news of the day

By Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Ray Rice will miss the first two games of the season after being suspended Thursday. (USATSI)
Ray Rice will miss the first two games of the season after being suspended Thursday. (USATSI)

There was some major (Ray Rice) and minor (Trent Richardson) running back news Thursday as training camp starts to unfold for several teams.

Here are some quick takes on a few situations with our favorite position.

Ray Rice: He was suspended for the first two games of the season as a result of a domestic dispute with his then fiancee (now wife) in April. As a result he will miss the Bengals in Week 1 and the Steelers in Week 2, giving Bernard Pierce the chance to start. I'd draft Rice in Round 5 since he could return as the featured back when the suspension ends, but I'm excited about Pierce with a pick in Round 8 or later. He gets a two-game audition to prove he can make this a tandem, and his value might be better than Rice on Draft Day.

Trent Richardson: He revealed that he played last season with a chipped collarbone and separated AC joint, which resulted in offseason surgery. He is healthy now, and coach Chuck Pagano said he looks more comfortable on the field. Pagano said he wants a "bell cow," and clearly Richardson is that guy. I'll take him in Round 4 without hesitation since he still has Top 15 potential.

Chris Ivory: He (shockingly) has a hamstring issue already, which is causing him to miss practice time. That will only allow Chris Johnson to solidify his role as the featured back. Not that Ivory has the chance to start over Johnson, but he could make this a tandem if Johnson struggles. But he needs to be on the field, and his injury history will again discourage Fantasy owners. I'd only take Ivory with a late-round pick, and the longer he's out the better that is for Johnson, who shouldn't be drafted before Round 5.

Terrance West: He was originally placed on the non-football injury list, but he was cleared for the start of training camp. The Browns have said West will battle Ben Tate for the starting job, and I like West's value in Round 8 better than Tate in Round 5. We'll see who ends up starting, but West has the higher upside coming into the season as of now.

Jonathan Stewart: Stop me if you've heard this before, but Stewart is hurt. He's expected to miss at least a week with a pulled hamstring, but don't be surprised if he's out longer. I was hoping Stewart would make it through training camp healthy and challenge DeAngelo Williams for the starting job, but Stewart can't stay on the field to make any sort of impact.

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