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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%: 87/81
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Justin Forsett stars once again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett bounced back from a subpar showing with his best of the season in Week 10's 21-7 win over the Titans.

Forsett, who had just 38 yards on nine carries a week ago in a game the Ravens trailed for much of, got much more work Sunday, and made the most of it. He racked up 112 yards on 20 carries, and finished with his first two-touchdown game of the season.

Forsett has established himself as the unquestioned leader in the Ravens' backfield, and there is little reason to think he will be usurped at any point. Even though he did not have more than 14 carries in any of the first six games of the season, Forsett is on pace for 1,281 yards on the ground.

At this point, there shouldn't be any question as to whether you are starting Forsett. You can give a cursory glance to matchups, but he should be in there every week for you once the team returns from their bye with Week 12's matchup against the Saints. 


Ravens' Justin Forsett totals 112 yards, two TDs in Week 10 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns during a 21-7 win Week 10 vs. Tennessee. It was the second multitouchdown game of his career. His only other multitouchdown game came in 2009.

Forsett helped tie the game at 7 in the second quarter with a 9-yard rushing touchdown. He then gave the Ravens the lead for good with a 11-yard touchdown run with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

He surpassed 100 rushing yards for the second time this season with a 37-yard gain -- his longest of the afternoon -- with 2:26 left in the game. Forsett just missed his third touchdown, as he was dragged down at the 2-yard line. Forsett was given another chance for his third touchdown, but he was stopped after a 1-yard gain. Quarterback Joe Flacco then took two kneel-downs to run out the clock.

Forsett finished with a team-high 112 rushing yards on 20 carries. He had no catches but was targeted once. The Ravens are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 at New Orleans.


Justin Forsett hoping for early lead


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett has seen his role shrink a bit recently, but that could change in Week 10 against the Titans.

Forsett's workload peaked when he received 23 carries in Week 7, but he had just nine carries last week as the Ravens  played from behind most of the game. That shouldn't be the case in Week 10, as the Titans have spent plenty of time playing from behind. Opposing running backs are getting 28.6 carries per game against the Titans this season, and they rank 27th in the league in Fantasy points per game allowed to that position as a result.

The Ravens' running back situation has changed a few times this season, but Forsett seems firmly entrenched in his role as the lead guy. If they get up big early Sunday, he could see plenty of work, and makes for a solid Fantasy play in Week 10. 


Ravens running backs show versatility


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) The Ravens running game didn't stand a chance Week 9 at Pittsburgh, not with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing for six touchdown for a second straight game. Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro split carries almost evenly, but because the Ravens were forced to pass for virtually the entire second half, they combined for just 16. Forsett had nine for 38 yards, and Taliaferro had seven for 21.

But what the two lacked as rushers they made up for as receivers. Forsett was actually the Ravens' leading receiver with 67 yards on five catches -- a skill he hadn't shown since averaging 4.6 catches in the Ravens' first five games. Taliaferro, though clearly more of a traditional runner, pitched in 34 yards on three catches.

In other words, the low rushing totals for Forsett and Taliaferro are nothing to worry about in Fantasy. Both still got theirs, just in a different form. And though Forsett may have ceded more touches to Taliaferro in this one, the distribution of playing time wasn't even close. Forsett played 73 percent of the Ravens' snaps and remains the preferred option of the two. Taliaferro played 23 percent and is still more of a handcuff option.


Justin Forsett leads Ravens in rushing, receiving in Week 9 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett rushed for a team-high 38 yards on nine carries and caught five of his eight targets for a team-high 67 receiving yards in Baltimore's 43-23 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 9.

The running game failed to get in a rhythm with the Steelers shooting out to a big lead in the second quarter, and Forsett received just nine of the 17 carries that went to running backs in the game. He continues to supplement his rushing performance with quality work in the passing game, and his 67 receiving yards Sunday represented a season high. It was the second time this season Forsett has topped 100 total yards in a game. He's set to face the Titans in Week 10.


Justin Forsett, Ravens probables good to go in Week 9


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) All four Ravens players listed as probable on Friday's injury report are active for Sunday's Week 9 matchup with the Steelers, including running back Justin Forsett (ankle), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shin), linebacker Terrell Suggs (neck) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (not injury related).

Ravens unveil injury report for Week 9 clash vs. Steelers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro (thigh) and cornerback  Jimmy Smith (foot) were both officially ruled out for Week 9 against the Steelers, the team announced. Owen Daniels (knee), Chris Canty (wrist) and Yanda Marshal (knee) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, Justin Forsett (ankle), Haloti Ngata (shin), Terrell Suggs (neck) and Lardarius Webb (rest) were each labeled probable for Sunday.


Ravens RB Justin Forsett back on practice field Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The minor ankle injury that had Ravens featured back Justin Forsett sidelined Wednesday did not keep him out of practice Thursday.

Barring a setback, he appears set to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. He is on pace to rush for 1,142 yards and six touchdowns this season.


Ravens RB Justin Forsett (ankle) expects to play Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett said he missed practice Wednesday due to a minor ankle injury, according to The Baltimore Sun. However, he said he plans to play Week 9 against the Steelers.

Ravens RB Justin Forsett misses practice with leg injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett did not practice Wednesday due to a leg injury as the team prepared for Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh, reports the Baltimore Sun.

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 RB Justin Forsett totals 85 yards in Week 8 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett carried the ball 17 times for 68 yards while adding three catches on five targets for 17 yards in his team's 27-24 loss to the Bengals in Week 8.

Forsett out-touched rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro 20-9, but the rookie scored two touchdowns while posting a much higher per-touch average thanks to his work on two receptions. Forsett also fumbled the ball for the first time this season but was able to recover it himself. On a positive note, he was able to successfully convert a two-point conversion.

While the running back's excellent per-carry average has come down a little over the last two weeks, he's still managed 571 yards on 104 carries and another 135 yards on 26 receptions. He'll square off with the Steelers in Week 9.


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.