Fantasy Football 2013 Bust: Ray Rice

By Bill Pivetz

When the Baltimore Ravens named Jim Caldwell the offensive coordinator, Ray Rice owners rejoiced. With Cam Cameron as OC, the Ravens weren’t using Rice to his full potential. He only had three games with 100 rushing yards, but had nine touchdowns.

Caldwell got Rice more involved in the passing game as well. However, that success didn’t last long.

This season, Rice has only one superstar-like game. In Week 5, he had 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 19 fantasy points. His next best game was in Week 1 where he had 71 total yards and a score.

In the other five games this season, Rice failed to reach double-digit fantasy points. Before the Week 9 game, Rice entered as the 35th running back with just 43 fantasy points. He rushed the ball 11 times for 17 yards and scored just three fantasy points against the Cleveland Browns, which won’t improving his ranking much, if at all.

Rice has been held scoreless in the last three games and has just 2.67 yards per carry this season, the lowest of his career.

This isn’t all Rice’s fault. It has to do with the play calling, too. The Ravens have turned into a pass-heavy team. Quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown the ball 141 times in the last four games and 310 times total, which is 47 percent of his total in 2012.

The Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears and New York Jets are up next for Rice and the Ravens, so things won’t get better for Rice. The Bengals and Jets allow 12.0 and 11.4 fantasy points to opposing running backs per game.

With the depleted depth at the running back position, many owners still have to start Rice. However, if you picked someone up like a Giovani Bernard or Andre Ellington off of waivers, they may take precedent over Rice at this point.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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