Ray Rice will be a game-time decision, should be avoided for another week in fantasy

Doug Pensinger

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be a game-time decision in Week 4. We break down the fantasy implications.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Billsaccording to Matt Zenitz of the Associated Press. Rice said the week went "as expected" for him and that it will all come down to how he feels after warmups.

Rice is questionable for the Week 4 matchup with a hip injury. He was injured in the second half of the team's Week 2 matchup and it was suggested prior to Week 3 that he would miss two games. This news and his questionable status would seem in line with that report.

Hip injuries are serious business in the NFL. If head coach John Harbaugh thinks there's a chance that starting Rice could lead to regression in regards to Rice's recovery, then he would almost certainly hold him out. It's not worth starting a less-than 100 percent Rice with the chance of losing him much longer than two weeks.

Fantasy Impact: If you have absolutely no other options, then you have nothing left to lose and can gamble on starting Rice. Everybody else who has paid attention to their running back depth -- perhaps nabbing Bernard Pierce, Rice's fantasy handcuff -- should absolutely have Rice ride their bench until Week 5 at the earliest. It would be a surprise if he played and also a surprise if he received a full workload in the event that he is active.

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