Name: Bernard Pierce
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Position: Running Back
Years Pro: 1
Draft stock: (Stagnant) Given the great year that Ray Rice had in 2012, even Baltimore fans are sckeptical about drafting Pierce too high. However, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has already hinted at Pierce’s second-year in the NFL being full of opportunities, so to say no one is excited about Pierce would be foolish.
2012 fantasy impact: Pierce’s 2012 campaign was a tale of two halves; from Week 12 through the playoffs Pierce excelled in the backfield with 555 yards on 105 carries over just a ten-game stretch. It’s obvious that the second-year back ended his year on the incline rather than the decline, which is always encouraging when looking at fantasy football sleepers.
Best-case scenario: Rice proves he’s human as the injury bug finally bites the Ravens’ starting running back. Naturally, Pierce emerges as a top-notch running back in the league as his second-half numbers from 2012 are no fluke.
Worst-case scenario: An increased workload for Pierce means an increase in fumbles, so Rice is forced to take on more carries than the Ravens had originally planned.
Where you should draft him: I wouldn’t reach for Pierce considering who is in front of him, yet the Ravens’ lack of offensive weapons makes Pierce a wise 11th round selection.