According to startribune.com, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (deactivated for Week 2) is likely to to face more action by either the NFL or Vikings on Monday.
SMITTY: I know everyone wants to know ‘what’ the action will be, but we can only speculate at this point. What is my speculation? My thinking here is that if the NFL hands Adrian Peterson anything less than what Ray Rice was handed, which is a year-long ban, it’s going to put the NFL in a situation where it appears they are suggesting that one form of abuse is worse or more accepting than the other. I am not suggesting that the NFL feels this way, just that not handing Peterson a year-long ban with an indefinite suspension will have too many up in arms. Again, this is all speculation on my part at this point, but I think AP owners better prepare for the worst here. Anything can happen, though, and that’s why both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata need to be picked up in most all larger leagues (and especially if you are an AP owner). Who will be the main man if Peterson is out for the long-term? My early guess, and this is early, is that Asiata, due to experience, will start off carrying the load, but McKinnon was drafted with the intention of evaluating his fit in the offense for the long-term. He is a freakish athlete that, according to rotoworld, scored a 147.5 on the SPARQ, which is one of the highest scores among all running backs over the last 16 years. SPARQ was developed by Nike and scores athleticism, and Calvin Johnson types are in the 140-150+ range. No, I am not saying he is a lock to be anything close to the next elite rusher in the NFL, but his athleticism cannot be overlooked, and that makes him clearly the better long-term option in this situation (with Asiata being possibly the best Week 2 solution). Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts for when new news on this breaks!
According to multiple reports, the Ravens have in fact released RB Ray Rice after new video was released showing Rice knock out his fiance in a hotel elevator back in February.
SMITTY: It’s actually official, Ray Rice has been released. It is hard to imagine any team giving him a chance under this light, nor does Rice deserve a chance given what took place in this newly-released video. This makes Justin Forsett the top pick-up of the Week, as he now is thrusted into the starting role in Baltimore. Don’t count out either Bernard Pierce or rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who is one of the toughest runners I’ve ever seen, but for now the starting job in Baltimore is Forsett’s to lose. For more on this, and more on this week’s top waiver wire add options, be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts.
According to reports, Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has cleared concussion protocols and is set to start Week 1 while Ray Rice remains suspended (through Weeks 1 and 2).
SMITTY: Weeks 1 and 2 will be huge for Bernard Pierce, because if he doesn’t impress, Ray Rice will surely get a crack at starter carries upon his return in Week 3. Pierce, if healthy, has the skill set and talent to be a fantastic rusher in this league, though. Hopefully this is a RBBC all year long. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) is experiencing “relatively minor” symptoms after suffering a concussion during his recent preseason action.
SMITTY: This is good news for Bernard Pierce owners, as he should be good to go for Week 1. Clearly check back here and there prior to Week 1, however, he hasn’t even officially been diagnosed with a concussion. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ first radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the first show of the year. Take a listen!
The Red Zone With Russ Bliss
Guest: Smitty, Gary Davenport
Topics: Sleepers, Draft Strategies
According to reports, Ravens RB Ray Rice has been diagnosed with a ‘shoulder bruise’ following Saturday’s preseason contest.
SMITTY: It sounds like he will be fine, especially given he can’t play until Week 3. Ray Rice still has the talent, I’m convinced that last year’s disappointment was more on that Ravens offensive line/offense than it was on Rice, proof by Bernard Pierce also struggling last year, and he is a big-time sleeper of mine in general. The problem for Rice, and Pierce for that matter, is that Baltimore might just use a mixed dosage of both all year long, but big-time performances in Weeks 1 and 2 by Pierce could set a tone heading into Weeks 3-16. The duo remains a high-upside RB2, if you can acquire both at that kind of total price tag. Keep an eye on this rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro – He is just impressive every time he touches the football. He runs with unbelievable power. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Jeremy Hill ran the ball six times for 36 years during his team’s preseason opener on Thursday night. Carlos Hyde ran the ball five times for 39 yards during his preseason debut against the Ravens; In the same game, Ray Rice ran the ball three times for 17 yards, Lorenzo Taliaferro ran the ball 13 times for 71 yards, and Bernard Pierce ran the ball 10 times for 37 yards and 1TD.
SMITTY: Lorenzo Taliaferro looked very good on Thursday night. He ran with authority and power. The problem is, he has two very good runners ahead of him in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, who both have very high-end RB2-type upside if getting starter carries. Will this just be a RBBC in 2014? Or, will one runner get starter touches? If so, which one? I hope it’s Pierce, and he does get first crack in Weeks 1 and 2, as Rice is suspended for the season’s first two contests. Taliaferro has nice dynasty appeal despite his crowded situation. Both Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill look fantastic already, and both have flex-like value right out of the gate in 2014. Frank Gore is 31 and has a ton of mileage — Hyde is a big sleeper even past his immediate flex-like appeal, and the word is that Hill could get 200 carries in ’14 (and that’s with Giovani Bernard still likely producing top 5-10 fantasy running back numbers). Check out where all these guys rank heading into Week 1.
According to ESPN, Ravens RB Bernard Pierce “has been the best running back in camp. He played in a similar running scheme in college, and he has had the best transition to Kubiak’s stretch, zone-blocking runs.”
SMITTY: This situation is a tough one to predict. I still feel Ray Rice might have elite talent left, I don’t care how he looked last year. Bernard Pierce looked awful last year, and he is not. Pierce is a beast-in-waiting and could be a star if given starter carries. The problem here is that we don’t know which back will thrive, and that’s if they don’t destroy each other’s value. Will Rice’s two-game absence open the door for Pierce, or will Rice, after Weeks 1-2, never allow Pierce a full workload? A RBBC is possible. All I know is both runners have low-end RB1 upside if getting all the touches, but neither back likely will, so you cannot count on either, or even the duo, as a RB1 in 2014. The good news is that you won’t have to, as Rice has an ADP in roughly the early 6th-round, and Pierce is looking like an 8th-rounder… The duo is a sneaky RB2 in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to baltimoresun.com, Ravens RB Ray Rice has “looked good” during training camp and has “looked like the Ray Rice of old.” Rice is suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season.
SMITTY: I love Bernard Pierce, who gets two games to shine all by himself in Weeks 1 and 2, but Ray Rice certainly has a shot at regaining some of his previous form. He is only 27, only has 1,431 regular-season carries to his name, and only has one season with 300+ carries… no one on that Baltimore roster rushed well last season, so assuming last year’s disappointments on the ground in Baltimore were more due to the offensive line/team issues isn’t off-base. The tricky part with owning Rice is worrying about Pierce shinning in those first two games. You have to own both of these runners in 2014 if you want to play it safe, but the duo makes for a sneaky-good RB2.
According to Rand Getlin on Twitter, Ravens RB Ray Rice could see just a two-game suspension.
Update: The suspension has been confirmed as two games.
SMITTY: This is huge for Ray Rice owners, as he could still have a nice season with just two missed games. That said, Bernard Pierce is still a major threat for carries, especially given he gets two games to go nuts. The duo together is a very underrated RB2 in 2014 (and beyond). Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?