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30 Bernard Pierce RB

Baltimore Ravens

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
26%3%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
11863604.221

Player Updates

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Ravens receive contributions from several role players in Week 13
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Ravens received some contributions from several role players during Sunday's 34-33 defeat to the Chargers in Week 13.

With Steve Smith held in check and Torrey Smith injured late, Kamar Aiken and Jacoby Jones stepped up in the aerial attack. Aiken came down with three of his four targets for 51 yards and Jones caught all two passes thrown his way for 35 yards. Owen Daniels hauled in two passes for 30 yards.

Meanwhile in the running game, Bernard Pierce carried the ball six times for 16 yards and was held without a grab in the passing game despite being targerted once.

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Ravens' Pierce, Taliaferro combine for 41 rushing yards Week 10
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Ravens running backs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro combined for 41 rushing yards during a 21-7 win Week 10 vs. Tennessee. Pierce had 31 rushing yards on eight carries, while Taliaferro added 10 rushing yards on three carries.

Starting running back Justin Forsett led the rushing attack Sunday with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Although, Forsett, Pierce and Taliferro combined for no catches.

The Ravens are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 at New Orleans.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1414377491
Lorenzo Taliaferro the new vulture for Justin Forsett
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

When the Ravens listed a perfectly healthy Bernard Pierce among their inactives for Week 8 at Cincinnati, it probably seemed like good news for Justin Forsett owners. Pierce had been a thorn in their sides, short-changing Forsett with a short touchdown run each of the last two weeks.

But Forsett wasn't the one to benefit from Pierce's absence. Lorenzo Taliaferro was, scoring not just one touchdown but two -- and both on runs of more than 5 yards.

Forsett was still the primary rusher, getting 17 carries to Taliaferro's seven, and he got a chance from the Bengals' 2-yard line in the first quarter. But when he failed with it, the Ravens seemed all the more inclined to go with Taliaferro inside the 10-yard line.

Taliaferro may be even more of a danger to Forsett than Pierce was. The Ravens trusted Pierce in short-yardage situations, but with an average of just 3.6 yards per carry, he wasn't a threat to break a long one. With Sunday's performance, Taliaferro is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and again, neither of his touchdowns came at the goal line.

It doesn't mean you sit Forsett in Fantasy. He's been pretty reliable no matter who the Ravens have paired with him. But he's not as safe as he appeared to be at this time last week. And Taliaferro is worth adding on his own merit.

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Ravens announce Week 8 inactives vs. Bengals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Ravens have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 8 matchup with the Bengals: tight end Owen Daniels (wrist), defensive lineman Chris Canty (wrist), running back Bernard Pierce, cornerback Chykie Brown, linebacker Arthur Brown and offensive linemen Gino Gradkowski and Jah Reid.

Pierce's de-activation comes as a surprise, but he's averaged 2.1 and 2.6 yards per carry in the team's last two games, though he's scored a touchdown in each. The Ravens' goal-line looks could shift to Lorenzo Taliaferro with Pierce unavailable.

Daniels and Canty had already been ruled out, but the Ravens are otherwise very healthy heading into the key matchup against the Bengals. Four players listed as probable are active for the game, including Steve Smith (not injury related), linebacker Daryl Smith (not injury related) and offensive linemen Eugene Monroe (knee) and Kelechi Osemele (knee).

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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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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.AttYdsLgTD
19/7/14CIN61760
29/11/14PIT2296170
39/21/14CLE0000
49/28/14CAR0000
510/5/14IND430130
610/12/14TB153261
710/19/14ATL821111
810/26/14CIN0000
911/2/14PIT1220
1011/9/14TEN831100
1211/24/14NO728260
1311/30/14SD61660
1412/7/14MIA350270
1512/14/14JAC637280
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
1612/21/14@ HOU1:00 pm
1712/28/14CLE1:00 pm
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2012Baltimore Ravens1601085324.9781321
2013Baltimore Ravens1611524362.9282220
2014Baltimore Ravens112863604.2282420
TOTAL43334613283.8785961
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2012Baltimore Ravens1607476.7110004
2013Baltimore Ravens161201045.2150003
2014Baltimore Ravens1122136.570000
TOTAL433291645.7150007
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Baltimore Ravens1600.000000.0000
2013Baltimore Ravens1611.000000.0000
2014Baltimore Ravens1111.000000.0000
TOTAL4322.000000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Baltimore Ravens1600010010
2013Baltimore Ravens1600000000
2014Baltimore Ravens1111000000
TOTAL4311010010
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/230
Birthdate:
5/10/1991
Age:
23
Hometown:
Ardmore, PA, USA
School:
Temple
NFL Experience:
3
Awards:
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