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Ray Rice totals just 27 yards for Ravens, fantasy owners

The Ravens' feature back turned in another fruitless day, failing to average two yards per carry for the third time in four games. We break down the fantasy implications.

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice followed up his best game of the season with a dismal performance against the New York Jets.

Rice could not find the same success versus the Chicago Bears that he did up against a relentless Jets front seven. He racked up a total of just 27 yards on 17 touches. Rice caught one pass for a loss of three yards and averaged 1.9 yards per carry on 16 carries. Bernard Pierce was also worked into the mix, as well as Tyrod Taylor, who carried the ball on a few runs off of the read option.

Fantasy Spin: Rice has not given any of his fantasy owners a reason to give him a vote of confidence going forward. He will continue to be fed the ball, but he has not proven he can do anything with those chances versus defenses that are not ranked last in the NFL. Granted, the Jets have shut down just about every running back they have faced, but Rice has also been held silent by far worse. If this keeps up, it's fair to wonder if Pierce's workload continues to increase, as he touched the ball 11 times to Rice's 17.

In the team's Thanksgiving showdown versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rice is an iffy flex play at best. It's difficult to envision Rice's fantasy value outside of a short touchdown run.

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