This 2013 Fantasy Football season has been a changing of the guard for the running back position. Many people felt that players like David Wilson, C.J. Spiller and Trent Richardson would be these players on the rise. Many others (including me) felt that, traditionally, good Fantasy football players like Maurice-Jones Drew would have a bounce back season. I was clearly very wrong with this point as well as many people on the others mentioned.
However, one player that has fell off of the map in the Fantasy Football world and does not look like he will be back is the Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice. The guy that was a workhorse for the Ravens just isn’t getting it done for his team or for his Fantasy owners this year. If you drafted him, it was probably in the first round of your draft and you had very high expectations for him and for good reasons. Rice was always known for high numbers in the running game and very good numbers in the receiving game.
Now, it is time for you to seriously think about trading the guy you drafted in your first round. Look, it will be very hard to trade Rice at this point. His numbers do not reflect what they should be for someone who is a stud Fantasy Football running back. There are many reasons for this. Some of the Ravens’ offensive weapons left the team (Anquan Boldin) or have been injured (Dennis Pitta) causing more focus to be put onto stopping Rice. Also, Rice has been having hip problems for most of the season, restricting him from being the same back that we are used to seeing.
The owners you need to target Rice to are the owners who are having serious running back issues. If someone drafted Doug Martin for example, they may be interested in replacing him. I feel the best offer you will receiver for Rice will be a WR2 or a flex-play level running back. If you do get an offer like this and can get two players or one decent player, you almost have to consider pulling the trigger on this deal.
It is sad to trade away one of the players you thought you could rely on during the season. These things happen, but you must do it to help your Fantasy team on its way (hopefully) to the playoffs.