Bernard Pierce
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By Stacie Rigby, Jaguars Correspondent, Thu, Mar 19th 5:28pm EDT

Running back Bernard Pierce has been in the spot light for two days. On Wednesday morning, he was arrested for DUI. Later that day, the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract. On Thursday, he was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Pierce, 24, had a promising rookie career when he started with the Ravens in 2012. That changed in 2013 when he was plagued with injuries, averaging 2.9 yards per rush. In 2014 he only averaged 3.9 yards per rush causing him to lose the starting spot to Justin Forsett. With the Jaguars, this veteran will stand a better chance of getting a starting spot.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Wed, Mar 18th 4:03pm EDT

Merely hours after getting arrested for driving under the influence, Bernard Pierce has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bernard Pierce's future job prospects look dim. After a great season as a back-up in 2012 (averaging 4.9 YPC) injuries took a toll on his play. In the two season since 2012 Pierce has averaged 3.3 yards per carry.


By Stacie Rigby, Jaguars Correspondent, Wed, Mar 18th 11:10am EDT

Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested early Wednesday morning for DUI. He was stopped for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone on Delaney Valley Road in Towson. This is the Ravens' second player that was arrested this offseason. The first player was newly signed cornerback Victor Hampton back in January. He was driving 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on an interstate in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was ultimately released. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )

Fantasy Impact: Pierce has been dealing with injuries since 2013 with thigh, toe and knee problems, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. In 2014, Pierce lost the starting spot to Justin Forsett and suffered a concussion, thigh and back injuries. Pierce only played 13 games last season and ends his season with 93 rushes for 366 yards and two touchdowns.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 6:26pm EST

In a Week 15 matchup against the Jaguars, Bernard Pierce rushed for 37 yards on 6 carries.

Fantasy Impact: Just when Bernard Pierce had the chance to secure the primary backup position behind Justin Forsett, he failed to run effectively. If his 28 yard gain is taken away, Pierce rushed to a tune of 1.8 yards per carry. Look for Pierce to again backup Forsett against the Texans next week.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 6:02pm EST

Against the Dolphins this past week, Bernard Pierce ran for 50 yards on 3 carries. Although he operated as the #3 tailback, Pierce rushed for the second most yards in the Ravens backfield.

Fantasy Impact: With the Ravens non-committal to assigning the primary backup position, it would be a gamble to start any running back on the Ravens besides Justin Forsett. Pierce should be held on rosters only as a potential handcuff.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 6:22pm EST

This past week against the Chargers saw Bernard Pierce gaining 16 yards on 6 carries.

Fantasy Impact: While 16 yards isn't anything to write home about, Pierce was the primary backup once again. Look for Pierce to earn more carries as the weather gets colder in the later months of the season.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Tue, Nov 25th 12:07am EST

Last week against the Saints saw Bernard Pierce gaining 28 yards on seven carries. He also caught his lone target for a 6-yard gain.

Fantasy Impact: In this game there was no back-and-forth between Pierce and Lorenze Taliaferro. Pierce won the touch battle: 8-0. If Pierce continues to out-touch Taliaferro, look for him to take advantage of the valuable backup RB position behind Justin Forsett.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:21am EST

When asked who would backup Justin Forsett, Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak stated, "We’ve been bouncing back and forth between Lorenzo and Bernard." (Source: Garret Downing)

Fantasy Impact: It was Pierce who came away with the prized backup duties the last time the Ravens played, but it does not look as though he is a lock to keep them. With the Ravens looking to play the hot hand at backup, be wary when starting Pierce.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 3:07am EST

Against the Tennessee Titans this last Sunday Ravens running back Bernard Pierce gained 31 yards on 8 carries.

Fantasy Impact: The back-up role has been a back and forth struggle between Pierce and Taliaferro(who was out-carried by Pierce 8-to-3). When the second sting role has finally been settled, look for the winner to get the valuable goal-line carries.


By Tom, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 12:12pm EDT

Bernard Pierce will not play against the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Forsett will start for the Ravens and has averaged over 100 yards over the last two weeks.


By Shane Fitzgerald, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 10:25pm EDT

Bernard Pierce rushed the ball 8 times for 21 yards (2.6 YPC), including a 1 yard touchdown that put the Ravens up 14-0 in the second quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Pierce is cemented as the backup running back in Baltimore behind Justin Forsett and does not need to be kept on your roster if you are dealing with a bye week crunch.


By Clinton, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 12:53pm EDT

Bernard Pierce (thigh) "will be eased" backed into action against the Panthers according to Chris Mortensen. (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lorenzo Taliaferro stole the spotlight last week with Pierce inactive. This surely will leave questions in the Ravens backfield as to who will receive the bulk of the carries. With Pierce, Taliaferro and Justin Forsett all in the mix, only time will tell who the main ball carrier will be. As a fantasy owner, look for more sure options at running back this week if possible.


By Andy Holloway, Jaguars Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 11:58pm EDT

Bernard Pierce was benched after gaining just 14 yards on 6 carries and losing a fumble in Baltimore's loss to Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact: You can't imagine a worse start for Pierce, who was primed for a chance at the feature back role in Baltimore. His fumble got him benched as Justin Forsett took the bell-cow role for the remainder of the game.


By Miguel Garcia, Jaguars Correspondent, Tue, Aug 26th 1:09am EDT

After the 3rd preseason game Bernard Pierce was diagnosed with a "mild" concussion. After a few days of recovery it appears he is on his way to full health. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: With another week to go until the season starts, Pierce has plenty of time to regain his full health. Fantasy owners looking to capitalize on his lock to start the first two games of the season must keep an eye on his health.


By Andy Holloway, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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, Jaguars 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.


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