Ravens RB Bernard Pierce Hopes To Spark Fantasy Interest With Extended Playing Time Thursday

August 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) picks up yards in front of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback William Middleton (29) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Most of the Ravens starters are sitting out tonight's preseason game, giving Bernard Pierce an opportunity to stand out. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Baltimore Ravens are set at RB with fantasy superstar Ray Rice, but the backup situation behind him is less clear heading into Thursday's preseason finale. Most teams will be resting their first-team starters tonight, and the Ravens are no different, as the Baltimore Sun reports that RB Bernard Pierce will be getting the start against the St. Louis Rams. The third-round pick has been in a camp battle with UDFA Bobby Rainey for the No. 2 spot.

Analysis: Pierce appears to be winning the battle so far, but Rainey has won over coaches in camp and seems destined to make the 53-man roster, possibly splitting time with Pierce in tonight's game. Rice is a durable back and it's not crucial that you handcuff him, but should the unthinkable happen, look for Pierce as a late-round or waiver wire flier.

For more on the Ravens, check out Baltimore Beat Down. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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