Ray Rice has posted disappointing fantasy marks in two of his last three games, particularly for his owners in non-PPR leagues. His workload from that stretch (a combined 18 rush attempts and targets per game) became the subject of scrutiny as a byproduct of the Baltimore Ravens' irregularity on offense, which really stung them in their 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 7.
Say you won't throw, Joe
Expect the Nevermores to rectify this supreme error in judgment when they visit the Cleveland Browns this weekend. The local media are wondering why their team gives the ball to its best player so infrequently when he's so good. ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley believes that getting Rice the ball more often should be Baltimore's No. 1 priority, coming off their bye.
Cleveland bottled up Rice in Week 4 for a modest 96 total yards on 18 carries and eight receptions (on 11 looks). PPR owners were sated with that effort, but then and since, save his outing versus the Dallas Cowboys, the consensus top-five fantasy pick hasn't been the steel girder fantasy owners expected.
All that should change in Week 9. Baltimore has had some fun with its transition to "this is Joe Flacco's offense." Now they need to get down to business. They have a reeling defense and one of the most dynamic backs in football to keep it off the field a little more often.
Rice has only four touchdowns in nine games against the Browns. But he's averaged 4.9 yards per carry and more than 110 total yards a game against them. Expect his lifetime numbers against Cleveland to look a little better after this game.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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