The Ray Rice that we have seen this year, is not the Ray Rice football fans are used to seeing. Rice has averaged a mere 2.9 yards per carry and 40.75 rushing yards per game.
Rice has also battled a nagging hip injury throughout the year and carried a meager workload relative to his normal standards. He’s rushed the ball 16+ times only once – Something he did 10 times last year. Some of this can be attributed to his injury, but fantasy owners are understandably very nervous.
Another major concern is Rice’s sudden lack of explosiveness. His longest run from scrimmage this season is only 14 yards as illustrated by his 2.9 yards-per-carry. If Rice cannot find his speed again, he may not be the top 5 fantasy running back that he has been in the past.
Last week, Rice saw an intense workload carrying the ball 27 times, for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also tacked on 6 receptions for 28 yards. This is an encouraging sign for Rice owners that the Ravens still have faith in their premier back. For now, fantasy owners should keep their sputtering super star in the lineup and hope that he can pull it together before things really get out of hand.