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30 Bernard Pierce RB

Baltimore Ravens

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413768368
Justin Forsett breaks away from the pack
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Even though he rushed for 95 yards, Justin Forsett's performance Week 7 against the Falcons may seem a little underwhelming to Fantasy owners given that he was the CBSSports.com Start of the Week. After all, he didn't score a touchdown or catch a pass after contributing in both of those areas in previous weeks.

But even more encouraging than his actual production in Week 7 is the fact that he carried the ball 23 times, nearly three times as often as any other Ravens running back. That's a starter's workload, and by giving it to him, the Ravens confirmed once and for all that they see Forsett filling that role. It may have seemed like a given thanks to Forsett's production, but he actually had one fewer carry than Bernard Pierce in Week 6 and split the workload almost evenly with Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro in Week 5. Pierce did vulture a touchdown from Forsett in this one, but eight carries for 21 yards confirm he's now only second in the pecking order.

With this performance, Forsett only deserves more of your trust going forward, not less. Keep him active for what's actually a favorable matchup Week 8 at Cincinnati.

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RB Bernard Pierce records TD for second straight week
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce recorded a rushing touchdown for a second straight game during a 29-7 win Week 7 vs. Atlanta. Pierce finished with 21 rushing yards on eight carries, while recording no catches. He was targeted once.

Pierce picked up his second rushing touchdown on a 1-yard carry with 2:38 left in the second quarter. He has five career rushing touchdowns, and one more rushing touchdown this season will give him a career high.

The Ravens are back in action Week 8 at Cincinnati.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413161925
Justin Forsett pulling away from other Ravens RBs
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Justin Forsett was once again the most effective of the Ravens running backs in what seemed to become less of a timeshare Week 6 at Tampa Bay. No, he didn't lead the trio in touches -- Bernard Pierce did -- but he did the most with his, picking up 111 yards on 14 carries.

And Pierce may not have had so many touches if the Ravens didn't put the game away with four touchdowns in the first quarter. Of Pierce's 15 carries, nine came in the second half. Of Forsett's 14, only four did.

Though Pierce found the end zone on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, he ran for just 32 yards in all and is now averaging 3.7 yards per carry this season compared to Forsett's 6.4.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, if you're wondering, was a complete afterthought by comparison, rushing twice for 29 yards and catching two passes for 18. If Forsett is the go-to guy and Pierce is the run-out-the-clock guy, Taliaferro's role may be the kind that doesn't add up to anything in Fantasy.

Clearly, Forsett is must-own in Fantasy, but other than having Pierce as a handcuff option, I'm running out of reasons to stash either of the Ravens' other two running backs.

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Ravens' Bernard Pierce struggles, but scores Week 6
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had a tough game on the ground, but managed a score Week 6.

Pierce gained just 32 yards on 15 carries. He was not targeted in the passing game. Despite his struggles, Pierce did manage to pick up a late score. In the third quarter, he managed to plunge in a touchdown from 4 yards out. Justin Forsett and Pierce split time, but Forsett had the much better game on the ground.

Pierce will look for more Week 7 against the Falcons. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412881343
Justin Forsett the Ravens running back to start
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

With Bernard Pierce back in the mix Week 5 at Indianapolis, the Ravens split 15 carries almost equally between him, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro so that their leading ball carrier had only six carries.

And it just so happened to be Forsett.

But that's not even the main way he stood out. He was the only one of three to factor in the passing game, and by factor, I mean he led the team with seven catches. Predictably, then, he spent the most time on the field of the three, playing 72 percent of the Ravens' snaps to Taliaferro's 15 percent and Pierce's 10 percent.

So even though it didn't show up in the carries, Forsett was clearly the preferred back in Week 5, making him the one to start Week 6 at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to running backs this season in part because running backs have hurt them through the air. The Saints' Pierre Thomas had eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown against them last week.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Forsett among their top 24 running backs this week, making him a start in standard 12-team leagues.

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Bye: Week 11
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2013Baltimore Ravens1611524362.9282220
2014Baltimore Ravens52551963.6172013
2012Baltimore Ravens1607476.7110004
2013Baltimore Ravens161201045.2150003
2014Baltimore Ravens52177.070000
Defensive Stats
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2014Baltimore Ravens511.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Baltimore Ravens1600010010
2013Baltimore Ravens1600000000
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