With Steve Smith held in check and Torrey Smith injured late,
Meanwhile in the running game,
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.
But Forsett wasn't the one to benefit from Pierce's absence.
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.
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
Even though he rushed for 95 yards,
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
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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