Fantasy Football: Justin Forsett is the Baltimore Ravens’ running back to own

Ravens Justin Forsett

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Baltimore Ravens’ running backs have garnered all kinds of fantasy goodness in past seasons, and this year will be no different for Justin Forsett.

Going into the 2014 season, Bernard Pierce was the name everyone assumed would be “the guy” getting most of if not all of the running back touches in Baltimore. This is mainly due to his role in previous seasons, where he was the clear handcuff, looking solid when he would get his shot. However with Ray Rice suspended indefinitely, the running back has become more of a committee than some may have thought. The feature role in this offense seems to prime for the taking.

Thus far Pierce has been the starting running back, getting more of the carries, however the running back to own for fantasy purposes, is Justin Forsett. In the two games the Ravens have played, Forsett has been the more impressive back, averaging over 6.5 yards per carry compared to 4 yards per carry for Pierce. He has been the more productive runner doing more with nine less attempts. Looking more decisive when picking running lanes and utilizing a burst of speed into the holes, Forsett continues to impress. In Week 2 alone, Pierce had six negative or no gain plays compared to just two for Forsett.

Rushing Attempts Yards Yards/Carry
Bernard Pierce 28 113 4
Justin Forsett 19 126 6.6

 *stats are through two games

Forsett has established himself as the third-down back in Baltimore. When coaches trust a running back in pass protection, they tend to find themselves on the field in more often. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is another weapon for the Ravens to utilize. Forsett has nine catches on his 10 targets, making him a welcomed addition in PPR formats.

Receptions Targets Yards
Bernard Pierce 1 2 7
Justin Forsett 9 10 30

*stats are through two games

Thursday night’s game against the Steelers would have looked even stronger had he not fallen short of a late rushing touchdown by a few inches. He has been useable in his first two games. That touchdown would have had Forsett in double digits in both games this season.

At this point Forsett is a decent FLEX option or RB2 if you are desperate, especially in PPR formats based upon the match-up. However, owners will be rewarded as the season goes along, as I expect Forsett to be the feature back in this system. While he won’t elevate himself into the top 10 running back territory other owners will covet, he will be a reliable and very useful weekly starter. If he is available in your league, I highly recommend clicking add next to the name “Forsett, Justin”.

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