The Baltimore Ravens haven't done a very good job defending their championship this year. That's especially true on offense. A lot of that disappointment has been due to the ineptitude of Ray Rice and the ground game and also Joe Flacco's inefficiency. Rice averages just 2.9 yards per carry on the season and the Ravens rank dead last in the NFL in yards per carry and also 29th in rushing yards per game.
If not for a huge 131-yard game against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, Rice's numbers would look even worse. Since that breakout game, he's managed just 62 rushing yards combined over the last two weeks. In his defense, that did come against two of the best rushing defenses in the NFL -- the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy impact: Rice and the Ravens get a much more advantageous matchup this week. The Vikings lead the NFL in points allowed and are getting gashed in the passing game. They are a middle-of-the-road rushing defense, but Rice should have his chances to score in this game. He's a flex play that carries a lot of risk.