Bottle It

Feb 7, 2013 at 10:53 o\clock

Ray Rice

by: bottleit   Keywords: fantasy, football, Ray, Rice

Despite the great Baltimore offense we got to look at this past year the Ravens produced only one truly elite player in fantasy football leagues for money and his name was Ray Rice. It’s really no surprise that Rice did well. He’s been an elite running back for years now and this year didn’t change any of that. Rice is going to be a highly sought after commodity in fantasy football leagues for money next year. Very few drafts will see him slip out of the first round and there’s a realistic chance that he’s a top five pick in fantasy football leagues for money. Rice is a rare breed of running back with both power and elusiveness. He’s smaller than the average running back but that doesn’t hold him back. He’s eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of his four years as the Baltimore starter and when you add in his receiving prowess the picture only looks better.

There are no real cons with Rice. He’s got no significant injury history to speak of. He’s never disappointed us with his fantasy stats. He plays for a great team behind one of the best offensive lines in all of football. He may never do what Adrian Peterson did last year but very few ever will. He’s both the primary goal line back and the between the 20s back. Bernard pierce won’t offer much of a challenge to Rice either. Pierce is a good handcuff for Rice because you never want to take chances on your first round pick but ultimately he’s an unnecessary addition to your team. There’s no reason Rice should slip past the fifth or sixth pick in fantasy drafts this coming year. Get him early if you can because Peterson’s the only running back that can truly claim to be better than Rice right now.