Bernard Pierce to get larger workload in 2013?

If fantasy owners have a concern about Ravens running back Ray Rice, it is the presence of second-year back Bernard Pierce, who could steal some carries from Rice.

As a rookie last year, Pierce had 108 carries for 532 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and one touchdown.

Based on data from Football Outsiders (via CSN Baltimore), only four running backs broke tackles at a better clip than Pierce (16.5 percent), who did so at nearly twice the rate of Rice (8.5 percent).

Garrett Downing from BaltimoreRavens.com took a look at team's group of running backs this weekend and wrote the following:

"While Rice has been firmly entrenched at the top of the depth chart the last few seasons, he’ll get pushed by Pierce this season. The two backs have different styles, so rotating them in and out of games will allow them both to stay fresh and also mix up the looks for the defenses. Rice had 257 carries to Pierce’s 108 last year, but a strong showing from Pierce could balance out that distribution a little more."

Especially if Pierce takes away a few rush attempts from Rice, I would expect Rice to get more involved in the passing game with Anquan Boldin now in San Francisco. Although Rice has 60-plus receptions in each of the past four years, he had a four-year low last season (61).

Based on average draft position (ADP) data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Rice and Pierce are currently being selected on average as the seventh and 47th running backs off the board, respectively, in standard-scoring mock drafts.





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