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30 Bernard Pierce RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/230 | Birthdate: 5/10/1991 | Birthplace: Ardmore, PA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Temple | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 24/2 | Average Draft Position: 122.62
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Ravens' Pierce, Taliaferro combine for 41 rushing yards Week 10


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Ravens running backs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro combined for 41 rushing yards during a 21-7 win Week 10 vs. Tennessee. Pierce had 31 rushing yards on eight carries, while Taliaferro added 10 rushing yards on three carries.

Starting running back Justin Forsett led the rushing attack Sunday with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Although, Forsett, Pierce and Taliferro combined for no catches.

The Ravens are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 at New Orleans.


Lorenzo Taliaferro the new vulture for Justin Forsett


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) When the Ravens listed a perfectly healthy Bernard Pierce among their inactives for Week 8 at Cincinnati, it probably seemed like good news for Justin Forsett owners. Pierce had been a thorn in their sides, short-changing Forsett with a short touchdown run each of the last two weeks.

But Forsett wasn't the one to benefit from Pierce's absence. Lorenzo Taliaferro was, scoring not just one touchdown but two -- and both on runs of more than 5 yards.

Forsett was still the primary rusher, getting 17 carries to Taliaferro's seven, and he got a chance from the Bengals' 2-yard line in the first quarter. But when he failed with it, the Ravens seemed all the more inclined to go with Taliaferro inside the 10-yard line.

Taliaferro may be even more of a danger to Forsett than Pierce was. The Ravens trusted Pierce in short-yardage situations, but with an average of just 3.6 yards per carry, he wasn't a threat to break a long one. With Sunday's performance, Taliaferro is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and again, neither of his touchdowns came at the goal line.

It doesn't mean you sit Forsett in Fantasy. He's been pretty reliable no matter who the Ravens have paired with him. But he's not as safe as he appeared to be at this time last week. And Taliaferro is worth adding on his own merit.


Ravens announce Week 8 inactives vs. Bengals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) The Ravens have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 8 matchup with the Bengals: tight end Owen Daniels (wrist), defensive lineman Chris Canty (wrist), running back Bernard Pierce, cornerback Chykie Brown, linebacker Arthur Brown and offensive linemen Gino Gradkowski and Jah Reid.

Pierce's de-activation comes as a surprise, but he's averaged 2.1 and 2.6 yards per carry in the team's last two games, though he's scored a touchdown in each. The Ravens' goal-line looks could shift to Lorenzo Taliaferro with Pierce unavailable.

Daniels and Canty had already been ruled out, but the Ravens are otherwise very healthy heading into the key matchup against the Bengals. Four players listed as probable are active for the game, including Steve Smith (not injury related), linebacker Daryl Smith (not injury related) and offensive linemen Eugene Monroe (knee) and Kelechi Osemele (knee).


Justin Forsett breaks away from the pack


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) Even though he rushed for 95 yards, Justin Forsett's performance Week 7 against the Falcons may seem a little underwhelming to Fantasy owners given that he was the CBSSports.com Start of the Week. After all, he didn't score a touchdown or catch a pass after contributing in both of those areas in previous weeks.

But even more encouraging than his actual production in Week 7 is the fact that he carried the ball 23 times, nearly three times as often as any other Ravens running back. That's a starter's workload, and by giving it to him, the Ravens confirmed once and for all that they see Forsett filling that role. It may have seemed like a given thanks to Forsett's production, but he actually had one fewer carry than Bernard Pierce in Week 6 and split the workload almost evenly with Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro in Week 5. Pierce did vulture a touchdown from Forsett in this one, but eight carries for 21 yards confirm he's now only second in the pecking order.

With this performance, Forsett only deserves more of your trust going forward, not less. Keep him active for what's actually a favorable matchup Week 8 at Cincinnati.


RB Bernard Pierce records TD for second straight week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce recorded a rushing touchdown for a second straight game during a 29-7 win Week 7 vs. Atlanta. Pierce finished with 21 rushing yards on eight carries, while recording no catches. He was targeted once.

Pierce picked up his second rushing touchdown on a 1-yard carry with 2:38 left in the second quarter. He has five career rushing touchdowns, and one more rushing touchdown this season will give him a career high.

The Ravens are back in action Week 8 at Cincinnati.


Justin Forsett pulling away from other Ravens RBs


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) Justin Forsett was once again the most effective of the Ravens running backs in what seemed to become less of a timeshare Week 6 at Tampa Bay. No, he didn't lead the trio in touches -- Bernard Pierce did -- but he did the most with his, picking up 111 yards on 14 carries.

And Pierce may not have had so many touches if the Ravens didn't put the game away with four touchdowns in the first quarter. Of Pierce's 15 carries, nine came in the second half. Of Forsett's 14, only four did.

Though Pierce found the end zone on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, he ran for just 32 yards in all and is now averaging 3.7 yards per carry this season compared to Forsett's 6.4.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, if you're wondering, was a complete afterthought by comparison, rushing twice for 29 yards and catching two passes for 18. If Forsett is the go-to guy and Pierce is the run-out-the-clock guy, Taliaferro's role may be the kind that doesn't add up to anything in Fantasy.

Clearly, Forsett is must-own in Fantasy, but other than having Pierce as a handcuff option, I'm running out of reasons to stash either of the Ravens' other two running backs.


Ravens' Bernard Pierce struggles, but scores Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had a tough game on the ground, but managed a score Week 6.

Pierce gained just 32 yards on 15 carries. He was not targeted in the passing game. Despite his struggles, Pierce did manage to pick up a late score. In the third quarter, he managed to plunge in a touchdown from 4 yards out. Justin Forsett and Pierce split time, but Forsett had the much better game on the ground.

Pierce will look for more Week 7 against the Falcons. 


Justin Forsett the Ravens running back to start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) With Bernard Pierce back in the mix Week 5 at Indianapolis, the Ravens split 15 carries almost equally between him, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro so that their leading ball carrier had only six carries.

And it just so happened to be Forsett.

But that's not even the main way he stood out. He was the only one of three to factor in the passing game, and by factor, I mean he led the team with seven catches. Predictably, then, he spent the most time on the field of the three, playing 72 percent of the Ravens' snaps to Taliaferro's 15 percent and Pierce's 10 percent.

So even though it didn't show up in the carries, Forsett was clearly the preferred back in Week 5, making him the one to start Week 6 at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to running backs this season in part because running backs have hurt them through the air. The Saints' Pierre Thomas had eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown against them last week.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Forsett among their top 24 running backs this week, making him a start in standard 12-team leagues.


Ravens sticking with three-man RB committee


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he plans to keep using all three of his running backs, reports ESPN.com. Baltimore is the only team that has three backs with over 30 carries.

Justin Forsett has run for 297 yards, while Lorenzo Taliaferro has gained 167 yards and Bernard Pierce, 143.

"Let's be good with three different guys," Harbaugh told ESPN.com. "That's what we need to do."

Baltimore is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, which ranks ninth.

"We'll roll those guys in there," Harbaugh said. "I'd like to see Bernard get a few more snaps. I'd like to see Lorenzo get a few more snaps. It would sure help if we get a few more snaps. If we get more snaps, then everybody is going to get more chances. You earn the right to run more plays. We have to earn that right by executing."


Ravens' Bernard Pierce a non-factor in Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce took a backseat to Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro in the rushing attack Sunday afternoon against Indianapolis in Week 5.

Pierce didn't get into the game until the first offensive series in the second half. He took four handoffs for 30 yards, averaging 7.5 yards per attempt, finishing ahead of Taliaferro as the team's second leading rusher in a 20-13 defeat. He has 32 carries for 143 yards on the ground this season.

The Ravens will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in Week 6.


Ravens backs split the workload


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Ravens did not lean on the running game much in Week 5, which makes taking much out of the usage a difficult task at this point.

Justin Forsett was once again the best option out of the backfield for the Ravens, as he racked up 97 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. However, he had just six carries, with much of his damage coming through the air.

Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro took on the remainder of the work, which only amounted to nine carries between them. Pierce looked like the better runner, though he still carried the ball just four times for 30 yards, compared to 18 yards on five carries for Taliaferro.

At this point, It seems pretty tough to rely on anyone in the Ravens backfield, though Forsett is the guy to own if anyone is. However, it really seems like there is room for anyone to step into a larger role, if they can show they are worth it. For not, keep Taliaferro and Pierce on your bench in their current roles. 


Ravens' Bernard Pierce ruled active for Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) As expected, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was ruled active for Week 5 at Indianapolis. Pierce was listed as probable despite nursing a thigh injury heading into Sunday's matchup.

It will be his second game back from injury. He was glued to the bench in favor of Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro when he returned from the injury in Week 4. It remains to be seen how many reps he'll get against the Colts on Sunday.


Harbaugh: RB Bernard Pierce ready to roll in Week 5


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) John Harbaugh has announced that a thigh ailment will not prevent Ravens featured back Bernard Pierce from playing Sunday at Indianapolis.

"I expect him to be fully ready to go," Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun.

Pierce was held out of the last two games after rushing for 96 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 2.


Look at the Ravens backfield for Week 5


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Making sense of the Ravens backfield is going to be a chore for the next few weeks, especially since we assume Bernard Pierce will return to the field at some point in Week 5 against the Colts. How should Fantasy owners view Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro heading into this weekend's matchup?

Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg are in agreement that Justin Forsett is the guy to own and start this weekend, with both ranking him among the top-21 for running backs in Week 5. Dave is higher on Taliaferro than Jamey, ranking him 24th, just behind Forsett; Jamey has him at 31.

Neither has Pierce ranked this week, as his role is a total mystery. Pierce was active but didn't see the field in Week 4, and we aren't sure how much he is expected to play Sunday. Even if you are desperate, there have to be better options on your roster with just two teams on bye. 


Still hard to make sense of Ravens backfield


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro put together productive Fantasy games yet again for the Ravens Sunday against the Panthers. In fact, they played so well, it might be time to wonder whether there will be room for Bernard Pierce to play when he gets back to full health.

Pierce was healthy enough to suit up in Week 4, but did not see the field. Taliaferro and Forsett made sure the team didn't miss him, as they combined for 124 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. Forsett led the way with 66 yards, and added 31 more through the air, while Taliaferro rushed for 58 yards on 15 carries.

At this point, Forsett looks like the best Fantasy option in this backfield, though of course, that is subject to change if Pierce can get back to full health. The future outlook of this trio is still very much in doubt, to the point that there isn't a single player you can still definitely pencil into your lineup on a weekly basis. 


Bernard Pierce glued to the bench in Week 4 return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was cleared to play Week 4 vs. Carolina after sitting out Week 3 due to a thigh injury. However, Pierce did not see the field Sunday as coach John Harbaugh held him out for precautionary reasons.

Running backs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro combined for 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 38-10 win.

"He wasn't really 100 percent," Harbaugh said of Pierce, according to The Baltimore Sun.


Ravens to ease Bernard Pierce back into action?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce returns to the lineup Week 4 vs. Carolina after sitting out Week 3 due to a thigh injury. However, according to ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen, Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is still expected to play a major role in the rushing attack Sunday as Pierce is eased back into action.

Top Ravens near-certain to play Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Several premier Ravens have been designated as probable for the Week 4 game against visiting Carolina. Included are running back Bernard Pierce (thigh), wide receiver Steve Smith (non-injury related), cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee/ankle), tight end Owen Daniels (non-injury related) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (thigh).

Defensive lineman Chris Canty (knee) is questionable. Fellow tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee) and offensive lineman Eugene Monroe (knee) are out.


Bernard Pierce able to practice in full


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday. It appears Pierce is on track to return Week 4 against the Panthers after sitting out Week 3 with a quadriceps injury.

Bernard Pierce's return could muddy Ravens' backfield picture


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Let's say you were one of the owners who picked up Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro in 38 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues Wednesday morning? What is the last thing you wanted to hear this afternoon?

"Bernard Pierce, who missed Sunday's game (thigh), is at Wednesday's practice."

Taliaferro was the most-added offensive player in our leagues this week, after he emerged as a contributor in the Ravens backfield in Week 3. However, he did that without Pierce around, and yet still managed to take part in just 46 percent of the Ravens' offensive plays last Sunday.

Jamey Eisenberg just dropped Taliaferro from 15th to 27th in his running back rankings for Week 4 against the Panthers, while Dave Richard has him at 35. Though some big names are on bye this week, Taliaferro should still probably be considered a flex or injury replacement option this week. If Pierce plays, he will likely see the bigger workload. 


Bernard Pierce practices Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who sat out Week 3 due to a quadriceps injury, returned to practice Wednesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Ravens are preparing to play the Panthers Week 4.

Making sense of Baltimore's backfield, post-Taliaferro breakout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) It took just about every other back being unavailable, but Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro got the chance to shine in Week 3 against the Browns.

Taliaferro led the Ravens in rushing yards Sunday, racking up a team-high 91 on 18 carries, including a 31-yard long run and a 1-yard touchdown. However, he was actually less effective on a per-touch basis than Justin Forsett, who averaged 5.7 yards per carry to Taliaferro's 5.1. Forsett also saw a slightly larger share of the team's offensive snaps -- 54 percent to 46 percent. Is Taliaferro a star in the making, or just a flash in the pan?

Among the four players who have had at least 10 carries through three games against the Browns, Taliaferro actually ranked fourth in yards per carry, as the Browns are giving up 5.2 yards per carry to opposing running backs. Though you will certainly want to go out and add Taliaferro, be mindful of the fact that he did his work against a team that has been pitiful against the run thus far.

The Ravens have seemed to be looking for reasons to push Bernard Pierce down the depth chart this season, but it is not clear if Taliaferro's performance in Week 3 will be enough to do that for good. With Taliaferro's emergence, the Ravens look to have three dependable options in the back field, meaning he is likely to be working in a crowded backfield for the time being. Taliaferro is an interesting pickup, though likely not a Fantasy starter at this point. 


Bernard Pierce a no-go for game against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Ravens featured back Bernard Pierce has been given the stop sign for the Week 3 clash in Cleveland. He is inactive after having been listed as questionable with a thigh injury. The result is that Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro will receive the bulk of the carries.

Bernard Pierce's availability 'in serious doubt'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce dealt with a thigh injury in practice this week and is "in serious doubt" to play against the Browns in Week 3 action, the Baltimore Sun reported Sunday morning. That would leave Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro as the Ravens' top two backs for the game. 

Ravens release injury report for game in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has been listed as questionable for the Sunday game in Cleveland with a thigh injury. He is the lone Baltimore player so designated Friday.

Deemed doubtful is defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee). The probables are quarterback Joe Flacco (illness), cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (concussion) and offensive lineman Eugene Monroe (knee).