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Height/Weight: 5-8/197 | Birthdate: 10/14/1985 | Birthplace: Lakeland, FL, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: California | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 85/72
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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.


Ravens' Justin Forsett comes close to another 100-yard game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett came close to a second straight 100-yard rushing performance during a 29-7 win Week 7 vs. Atlanta. Forsett led the team with 95 rushing yards on a season-high 23 carries.

Forsett's longest carry went for 21 yards. He had no catches but was targeted once. Forsett has now rushed for 206 yards in his last two games.

The Ravens are back in action Week 8 at Cincinnati.


Justin Forsett facing his best matchup yet


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett has been a revelation this season, topping double digits in Fantasy scoring in four of six games so far. Fantasy owners should be pleased, then, to see the Falcons on the schedule for the Ravens in Week 7,  as they have been the league's worst defense against running backs this season.

The Falcons have just been carved up by running backs, as they are allowing 190.3 all-purpose yards to them through six games. And, primary running backs have absolutely flourished against the Falcons, averaging 18.8 Fantasy points on 22.2 touches per game.

There are still some questions about how many carries the Ravens want to give Forsett, as he actually had one fewer than Bernard Pierce a week ago. However, He has managed to remain productive even while splitting carries, so there is little reason to think he won't be able to take advantage of a vulnerable Falcons defense.

It has taken a while for Forsett to earn Fantasy owners' trust, but he should have it at this point. With such an enticing matchup on the way, Forsett should be active in all leagues for Week 7. 


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' Justin Forsett leads the way Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett led the way on the ground Week 6.

Forsett gained 111 yards on 14 carries. Despite the strong game on the ground, Forsett was not targeted in the passing game. Though Forsett wound up being the primary option, Bernard Pierce wound up scoring a late touchdown. At the end of the third quarter, Pierce plunged in from 4 yards out. 

Forsett will hope to find paydirt 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' Justin Forsett gets the start, scores late-game TD Week 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett got the start and scored a late-game touchdown in Week 5 against the Colts.

Forsett scored from 11 yards out with 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. He nearly totaled 100 yards on the day, finishing with 42 yards and a touchdown on six carries on the ground. He also caught seven of eight targets for 55 yards in a 20-13 defeat. Forsett has scored in back-to-back games. He has 297 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season.

The Ravens will travel to Tampa Bay for a Week 6 showdown against the Buccaneers.


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. 


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. 


Prioritizing running backs on the waiver wire


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The running back position has been a tough one to pin down for Fantasy owners this season, with so many big names struggling -- if they aren't out of action entirely. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to hit on your waiver-wire pickups. Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets at the running back position are as follows:

The Vikings' Jerick McKinnon, The Ravens' Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, the Browns' Isaiah Crowell and the Texans' Alfred Blue. Additionally, Andre Williams of the Giants, Darrin Reaves of the Panthers and Denard Robinson of the Jaguars are mentioned as possible options worth targeting.

If you need a roster spot, consider dropping Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Darren McFadden this week. 


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. 


Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro pace rushing attack Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Even though Bernard Pierce (thigh) returned to action Week 4 vs. Carolina, Ravens running backs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro paced the rushing attack in a 38-10 win.

Forsett totaled 66 rushing yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, while Taliaferro added 58 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Pierce did not play despite being active.

Forsett gave Baltimore a 14-7 lead with an 11-yard rushing touchdown with 5:22 left in the second quarter. Forsett did most of his damage before halftime, totaling 61 rushing yards on eight carries. He also finished the game with three catches for 31 yards.

Taliaferro had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, which gave Baltimore a 35-10 lead. 

Forsett's longest carry went for 21 yards, while Taliaferro's long carry of the afternoon went 23 yards. The Ravens are back in action Week 5 at Indianapolis.


If you need a last-minute Brandon Marshall replacement...


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) What is a Fantasy owner to do if Brandon Marshall's lingering ankle injury forces the Bears to sit him down in Week 4?

Luckily, the Bears play at 1:00 pm EST, so we will know if Marshall is inactive by 11:30 am, giving you plenty of time to shuffle your roster.However, if you don't have any capable replacements available on your bench -- remember, six teams are on bye this week -- here are some guys you may be able to snag in free agency at the last minute to fill in for Marshall, all of whom are listed among the top-50 at their positions by Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg:

Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (42 percent owned), Raiders wide receiver James Jones (68 percent), Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (29 percent), Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (66 percent), or Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (53 percent).

If you have Marshall slotted into the flex spot, consider running backs Jerick McKinnon (19 percent) of the Vikings, Justin Forsett (63 percent) of the Ravens, Jacquizz Rodgers (19 percent) of the Falcons, Jonathan Grimes (13 percent) of the Texans, or Dexter McCluster (19 percent) of the Titans. 


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. 


Justin Forsett saves his Sunday with big second half


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett was overshadowed in the first half by rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro in Cleveland on Sunday. But he made his presence felt down the stretch.

Forsett was held to just nine yards on five atempts before intermission, but got rolling with a 21-yard run off a flip left to the Cleveland 1 to set up a touchdown. He added successive carries of 23 and 10 yards midway through the fourth quarter and finished with 11 tries for 63 yards. He averaged nine yards per carry in the second half.

His next action is slated for Week 4 against Carolina.


Report: Justin Forsett to serve as featured back Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Veteran Justin Forsett is expected to receive most of the carries for the Ravens in Cleveland on Sunday despite the presence of Lorenzo Taliaferro, according to ESPN. Featured back Bernard Pierce is sidelined with a thigh injury.

Forsett has been tearing it up in comparatively extensive duty this season with 126 yards on 19 carries, as well as nine receptions in two games. Taliaferro has yet to earn an NFL rushing attempt.


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. 

Justin Forsett looks good with limited carries


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett looked good in a limited role Week 2 against the Steelers. 

Forsett gained 56 yards on just eight carries, good for a 7.0 average. Forsett didn't come out as the team's primary ball carrier, but did manage to receive an early goal line carry. He couldn't convert on the play. Forsett gained most of his yardage on a big 41 yard carry in the fourth quarter. He nearly scored on the play, but was taken down on the 1 yard line. Forsett received an opportunity to punch the ball in, but couldn't do it. Forsett also caught four passes for 16 yards. 

He'll take on the Browns Week 3. 


Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett 'will both play a lot'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Asked which running back will start Thursday against the Steelers, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters: "Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett will both play a lot. Lorenzo Taliaferro will be involved as well."

Forsett led the way Week 1 with 11 carries for 70 yards and five catches for 14 yards. Pierce was benched after losing a fumble.


Justin Forsett a definite Fantasy consideration


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) The Ravens leaned on Justin Forsett following a Bernard Pierce fumble in their Week 1 loss versus the Bengals, and he looked good. The problem is that he's known more for being a part-time back in passing situations, not a full-time rusher. So it seems unlikely that the seventh-year veteran will finally have a chance to work in a major capacity. At least not so soon. 

But he's worth speculating on via waivers or a cheap buy in FAAB leagues, especially in PPR formats. 


Justin Forsett emerges in opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett made a surprise impact Sunday against the Bengals, in a 23-16 loss in Week 1.

Forsett opened the game as the backup running back, but took advantage of his opportunity when Bernard Pierce had trouble holding on to the ball. He ended up finding success, rushing for 70 yards on 11 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He added five receptions for 14 yards in the loss.

Forsett could see a nice-sized role yet again next week with Ray Rice still serving his suspension, but it will depend on what the team opts to do with Pierce after his struggles. The Ravens take on the Steelers Thursday in Week 2. 


Look for more screen passes from Ravens


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Expect Ravens running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce to catch more screen passes this season. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak wants quarterback Joe Flacco to release the ball quicker, and Kubiak plans to use the screen pass to that effect.

"I was telling [coach] John Harbaugh the other night: 'You know, I think we've got a chance to be a pretty good screen team," Kubiak told ESPN.com. "Our guards are not only big and physical, but they can get out and run."

The Ravens have called 123 screen passes since 2001, fourth-fewest in the NFL over that span, the website said. In addition to Rice and Pierce, running backs Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro could benefit if Kubiak follows through on his plan.


Harbaugh: I'm very confident in Bernard Pierce


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season, the Ravens have to figure out who will start at running back in his absence, reports ESPN.

The top choice to fill in for Rice is Bernard Pierce. He was limited all offseason after having shoulder surgery, but he looked to be in good shape as the Ravens opened training camp this week. 

"I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days. We'll know more by Tuesday once we get the pads on and seeing him move with the pads on and how the shoulder holds up -- that'll be important."

Outside of Pierce, the Ravens have Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, but Pierce is the likely starter with Rice out.

"I have a lot of confidence in all of our guys," Harbaugh said.


Justin Forsett could be a part of Ravens run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Justin Forsett has experience running in new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's running scheme, so his new team could have some plans for him thanks to his familiarity with his old coach. Per the Baltimore Sun, Forsett could work as a third-down back and potentially be part of the base offense while starter Ray Rice serves a suspension to begin the season. 

"The zone scheme is all about repetition," Forsett said. "Even though I've been in it for most of my career, you still got to get the reps in. My whole career, I've been one of those guys that switched with the zone run scheme. I've been able to run the outside and inside zone pretty well. A third-down guy most of my career, being able to understand the blitz protections and being able to pick up guys and run routes out of the backfield and out wide."

Forsett suffered a stress fracture and a turf toe injury last season and had just 31 yards on six carries over nine games.