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Now that your season is still alive, do you trust starting Rice in Week 14 against the Vikings? It is an option seeing how running backs have performed well against Minnesota.
Running backs are averaging 20.8 Fantasy points per week, which is the fifth-highest average. Running backs are also averaging 96.8 rushing yards and 55.3 receiving yards per game against Minnesota, but in the last six games running backs are averaging 114.7 rushing yards. Running backs have also totaled 14 touchdowns (11 rushing) in 12 games.
The last time Rice had a favorable matchup against an NFC North opponent, he rushed for a season-high 131 yards Week 11 at Chicago. Fantasy owners will be hoping for a similar performance Sunday, but Rice hasn't been reliable this season because of offensive-line issues for Baltimore. Despite the favorable matchup, Rice is probably more of a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy running back Week 14.
Rice finished the game with just 32 yards on 12 carries, though he did find more success in the passing game. Rice hauled in six receptions for a season-high 38 yards, including a long catch of 22 yards.
Rice appeared to be coming out of his season-long slump three games ago, but has just 62 yards on 28 carries in two games since. His next game is set for Week 14 against the Vikings.
Pittsburgh hasn't been able to limit opposing running backs this season, allowing 18.55 Fantasy points per game to backs. Through 11 games, the team has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns. The team has done alright limiting yardage, though, as only two running backs have gone over 100 rushing yards against the Steelers.
Rice isn't the best bet to get things going on the ground. Aside from his game against the Bears, Rice has had a tough time doing much for the Ravens. In his first meeting against Pittsburgh, Rice ran for 45 yards on 15 carries. He continues to be a risky proposition each week, even when he's looking at a solid matchup.
Granted, the odds weren't in his favor. The Jets entered the game ranked No. 1 against the run and were geared to stop the run with neither side wanting to throw the ball on a windy day. Backup running back Bernard Pierce gained just 30 yards on his 11 carries, and wildcat quarterback Tyrod Taylor had 7 on his four.
Attempting to overcome a hip flexor injury that has limited him for much of the year, Rice will try to show that his Week 12 performance was more the fluke than his Week 11 performance when the Steelers come to town in Week 13.
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