Bernard Pierce handles rushing load while Ray Rice rests: Fantasy implications

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Bernard Pierce rushed for 89 yards on 22 carries while Ray Rice rested during the Ravens' loss to the Bengals on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Bernard Pierce rushed for 89 yards on 22 carries while Ray Rice rested during the Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Rice recorded just three carries for five yards before heading to the sidelines.

The Ravens had already cemented their spot as the No. 4-seed in the AFC heading into Week 17, giving them little incentive to give their starters a full load of snaps. Pierce, a rookie, notched a career-high in carries.

Fantasy Impact: Pierce averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry in his rookie season while playing backup behind Rice. He has plenty of fantasy potential should anything happen to Rice, making him a necessary late-round handcuff next season for fantasy owners. As long as Rice is healthy, however, don't expect Pierce to see many touches.

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