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Bernard Pierce | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
College: Temple
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Bernard Pierce managed 21 yards on eight carries in Week 7 against Atlanta, but scored a one-yard touchdown.
He was targeted once in the passing game but missed it. Pierce continues to show limited running ability, but the Ravens have kept him in the No. 2 back role ahead of Lorenzo Taliaferro. He vultured a goal-line score from Justin Forsett against Atlanta. Pierce is an RB4 in fantasy leagues. Oct 19 - 5:53 PM

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Bernard Pierce rushed 15 times for 32 yards and one touchdown in Baltimore's Week 6 win over Tampa Bay.

Pierce actually out-carried Justin Forsett 15-14, but Forsett out-gained him 111-32. Also, Pierce was getting a lot of run in the second half when Baltimore staked itself to a 38-0 first-half lead. Forsett is still the guy in the Ravens' backfield. But it's clear Pierce is back ahead of rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who rushed just two times but managed 29 yards. Pierce had a long run of six.
Oct 12 - 4:34 PM

Bernard Pierce rushed for 30 yards on four carries in the Ravens' Week 5 loss to the Colts.

Pierce didn't play at all in the first half, and may have played only one series in the third quarter as the clear No. 3 back behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro. Coach John Harbaugh said after the game that it looks like Pierce is 100 percent healthy, so maybe he'll get some more run in Week 6. But Forsett continues to produce as the No. 1, so Pierce won't be start-able against the Bucs. Pierce outplayed Taliaferro on Sunday, so Pierce could make a move on the rookie.
Oct 5 - 5:25 PM

Reporting from Indy, ESPN's Lindsay Czarniak confirmed that the Ravens plan on using all three of their running backs Sunday.

Czarniak spoke directly to coach John Harbaugh, who declined to name a starter but strongly said Bernard Pierce (thigh) will get on the field this week. In Week 4, Pierce was active but played zero snaps. We're expecting Justin Forsett to start, with Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro battling behind him to get a hot hand. Forsett is the safest fantasy play here as the one that is best in the pass game and the one with at least 12 touches in every game so far.
Oct 5 - 10:23 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday he expects Bernard Pierce (thigh) to be available for Week 5 at Indianapolis.

"I expect him to be fully ready to go," said Harbaugh. Pierce was active for Week 4, but did not play. His depth chart standing is entirely unclear at the moment, but Pierce is a threat to Lorenzo Taliaferro's usage against the Colts.
Oct 3 - 1:20 PM

Bernard Pierce (thigh) is practicing in full for Week 5.

Pierce also practiced in full last week, but was held out of Sunday's blowout win as a precautionary measure. He's currently behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro for carries, and isn't a must-hold in fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 5:38 PM

According to the Baltimore Sun, Bernard Pierce was held out of Sunday's Week 4 win as a "precautionary measure."

The Sun clarifies that Pierce's "thigh" injury is a strained quad. The Ravens aren't going to say publicly that Pierce has fallen down the depth chart, but it looked that way against the Panthers. Justin Forsett was the lead back, and Lorenzo Taliaferro was the clock-killing finisher. Fantasy owners who've been hanging into Pierce in 10- and 12-team leagues can consider dropping him.
Sep 28 - 8:29 PM

Bernard Pierce did not touch the ball in the Ravens' Week 4 blowout win over the Panthers.

Pierce, who was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury, spent this game standing beside coach John Harbaugh on the sideline. He practiced fully all week and was listed as probable on the injury report, but may have fallen behind Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro permanently. Fantasy owners can seriously consider dropping Pierce due to ineffectiveness and playing-time concerns.
Sep 28 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Bernard Pierce (thigh) "will be eased" backed into action against the Panthers.

After Lorenzo Taliaferro put on a show with Pierce inactive last week, the Ravens can afford to let Pierce feel his way into the game. Between Taliaferro, Pierce and Justin Forsett, it is almost impossible to predict who will lead the Ravens' backfield in touches against the Panthers. This is a situation to avoid if possible.
Sep 28 - 12:18 PM

When asked about his running backs, Ravens OC Gary Kubiak said "they're all going to play."

Bernard Pierce is back healthy, Lorenzo Taliaferro starred last week and Justin Forsett has at least 12 touches in all three games so far. "We're going to keep a fresh guy on the field -- that's what we're going to do -- and if we feel like one guy has the hot hand, so to speak, then obviously he's going to go back out," Kubiak said. We're expecting Pierce to start, but he hasn't had a hot hand since 2012 and is therefore a weak flex play against a tough Panthers front seven. Taliaferro is a better bet to get the hot hand if he can get some volume. Forsett projects as the change-of-pace option.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 6:41 PM

Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as probable for Week 4.

Pierce is expected to play against the Panthers, although his role is entirely unclear. He's been outplayed by both change-of-pace back Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. Pierce is a desperate flex option versus Carolina.
Sep 26 - 2:51 PM

Bernard Pierce (thigh) is practicing in full for Week 4.

Pierce is expected to get the start against the Panthers' solid run defense, but could be on a short leash after rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro showed well against the Browns in Week 3. Justin Forsett will remain the change-of-pace back. Pierce is a touchdown-dependent RB3.
Sep 25 - 4:40 PM

Bernard Pierce (thigh) returned to Ravens practice on Wednesday.

Pierce technically practiced last week, but was unable to suit up for the Week 3 win over the Browns. He's tentatively expected to play against the Panthers. And ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Pierce will resume the starter's role. In a tough matchup at less than 100 percent with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro breathing down his neck, we're shying away from Pierce in fantasy lineups. His leash will be short. Taliaferro looked like a keeper last Sunday.
Sep 24 - 1:41 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes that "in all likelihood" Bernard Pierce remains Baltimore's starting tailback when healthy.

Pierce was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury. "We thought we'd get him into the game, but it didn't work out," coach John Harbaugh said. "We should have a good chance of getting him back next week." Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro piled up 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (5.06 YPC) in Sunday's win over the Browns. Pierce may remain the starter in name, but he's likely on a short leash. Pierce is averaging 4.04 YPC with a lost fumble on the year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 9:28 PM

Bernard Pierce (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 game at Cleveland.

Already a shaky bet due to ineffectiveness, Pierce now add durability questions to his resume. Scatback Justin Forsett will start, but we'd expect Lorenzo Taliaferro to mix in for 7-12 touches as a change-of-pace back. Both of them need to be owned. In good news for the Ravens, CB Ladarius Webb (back) will make his season debut. The rest of their inactives: WR Michael Campanaro, OLs Jah Reid and John Urschel, DT Timmy Jernigan, LB Arthur Brown and S Terrence Brooks.
Sep 21 - 11:34 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Tyrod Taylor
RB1Justin Forsett
2Lorenzo Taliaferro
3Bernard Pierce
GLB1Lorenzo Taliaferro
2Justin Forsett
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Lorenzo Taliaferro
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Steve Smith Sr.
2Jacoby Jones
3Kamar Aiken
WR21Torrey Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
WR31Marlon Brown
TE1Owen Daniels
2Crockett Gillmore
3Ryan Taylor
K1Justin Tucker