Bernard Pierce
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By Andy Holloway, Ravens Correspondent, Sun, Aug 17th 10:49am EDT

Bernard Pierce had a brief but impressive performance in Saturday's preseason tilt, carrying the ball 7 times for 55 yards, including a 30 yard scamper.

Fantasy Impact: Reports out of Baltimore camp is that Pierce is a better fit for Gary Kubiak's one-cut running offense than Ray Rice. He'll get the opportunity to validate those reports as he carries the load during the first two games of the season. His performance Saturday only adds to the enthusiasm that it might be Pierce's time.

By Andy Holloway, Ravens Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 11:17am EDT

Bernard Pierce carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards and a touchdown in Baltimore's preseason debut vs. the 49ers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Pierce was active early and often as the team looks to get him ready for his starting job in weeks 1 and 2 this season. He did fumble once, but it was recovered by Baltimore. Pierce looks to be part of a committee backfield in Baltimore and has breakout potential depending on the performance of Ray Rice.

By Andy Holloway, Ravens Correspondent, Thu, Aug 7th 11:42am EDT

Bernard has been the best running back thus far in Ravens camp, according to ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley.

Fantasy Impact: Just 24 years old, Pierce is primed for a breakout under Gary Kubiak. His collegiate experience is the same one-cut scheme installed by Kubiak in which Arian Foster excelled at. He'll also have ample opportunity to make his mark, with Ray Rice on the shelf weeks 1 and 2. Keep an eye on Pierce as a value pick that could have a big impact.

By Bobby Zandstra, Ravens Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 3:36pm EDT

With Ray Rice sidelined the first two games, Pierce has a shot to prove he can lead the Ravens as their premier tailback. Many thought Rice would have a longer suspension which leaves fantasy owners perplexed where to draft Pierce. If he breaks a few big runs, look for Pierce to gain at least a more balanced share of carries with Rice. If Pierce continues where he left off last year at 2.9 yards/carry, prepare for Rice to get the bulk of the carries when he returns in Week 3. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Pierce goes up against a stout Cincinnati run defense in Week 1 and a Pittsburgh defense trying to re-establish the Steel Curtain against its bitter rival on a short week. It’s not likely that Pierce puts up numbers justifiable for the top tailback position on the Ravens over the first two weeks. Look for Pierce to start falling from his ADP 108 (RB38) in Standard leagues and ADP 107 (RB40) in PPR leagues while Rice’s ADP increases. If you decide to roll the dice on Pierce, his current ADP would be justified if you are searching for a plug-n-play for his starts, such as a RB like Buccaneers Doug Martin, who plays against a superior pairing of solid run defenses (Panthers, Rams) in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

The Football Girl | Aug 21st
Can be a viable RB2 during Rice's suspension; probably RB3-RB4 after that.
Legion Report | Aug 21st
Recently cleared for a full go, Pierce looks to rebound off a rough 2013 season. With Ray Rice suspended the first two games, Pierce is the heavy favorite to start those games. In Week 1 Baltimore hosts the Bengals who only gave up a 3rd best 11.8 points to Fantasy Running Backs last season. In Week 2 the Ravens host the Steelers on a Thursday Night Game (short rest) who gave up the 20th most points to RBs last year at 17.1 Fantasy Points Per Game. Under new OC, Gary Kubiak, Pierce is aiming for a comeback/career season. Kubiak has a long list of RBs he’s molded into studs and at 24 years old the talented Pierce fits that mold. We’re taking a shot on the now fully healthy RB in his bounce-back campaign.
The New York Times | Aug 20th
Has outplayed Ray Rice thus far in camp.
Breaking Football | Aug 20th
He'll start the first two weeks, and then what? He really wasn't impressive last year and lacks explosiveness.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 20th
Well it's official. Rice is getting suspended two games to start the 2014 season. Not bad if you want to draft Rice but Pierce will try his hardest to show the Ravens that he could be their future star. If he does well out of the gate, it could be a 40/60 timeshare once Rice comes back. And the forty would be Pierce, not the other way around.
2MugsFF | Aug 19th
If he doesn't run away with the job by week 2, there's a good chance he's fairly irrelevant come week 3 when Rice returns.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 19th
Pierce is likely to open the season as the starting back for Baltimore's first two games, which are against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. I find it unlikely that he will displace Rice in those two games, especially against those defenses.
Fantasy Sports LR | Aug 17th
If I'm buying any Ravens RB for a value bounceback its the one who won't be suspended and is entering his third year in the league.
Legion Report | Aug 9th
Running Backs: Bernard Pierce – Recently cleared for a full go, Pierce looks to rebound off a rough 2013 season. With Ray Rice suspended the first two games, Pierce is the heavy favorite to start those games. […]
Win My Fantasy League | Aug 9th
Bernard Pierce is the Ravens only running back who did not find himself in legal hot water this off-season and may open the season as the starter. Pierce failed to impress last season and despite the favorable scheme shift is just not on a healthy Ray Rice’s talent level.
EDSFootball | Jul 22nd
Recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has received full medical clearance for Thursday's start of training camp, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Even though the Ravens are unsure of when a decision will be made, league disciple of teammate Ray Rice is expected to be multiple games, which will open the door for Pierce to get a significant ...
Rotoprofessor | Jul 17th
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) We all know that Ray Rice could face suspension to open the 2014 season, though the length of that suspension remains a mystery (the assumption appears to be that he’s going to miss between 2 to 4 games).  Regardless, | Jul 1st
In today's Three and Out: The Ravens are preparing for life with a running back rotation; Eric Ebron has a steep learning curve in Detroit.