Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (toe, knee) is listed as probable and will play in the team's Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears. Pierce practiced with the team all week and is fully expected to suit up on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that the Ravens will likely move towards a more hot-hand approach with Ray Rice having a down year. However, owners shouldn't overreact. Both running backs are averaging less than three yards per carry. A marginal uptick in touches would likely put Pierce in the 10-13 carry range. Even with Rice's well-documented struggles this year, Pierce hasn't made a strong case for a larger role. Pierce hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3 and has not been promoted to goal line duties.
The Ravens do have a favorable match up in the Lance Briggs-less Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, Pierce's fantasy outlook remains unchanged. He hasn't topped 65 yards in a game this season and doesn't provide any PPR value either, with only nine catches on the season. Pierce will remain a low-end Flex option and owners can likely do better.