Yes, Pierce is a backup to one of the best running backs in the NFL in Ray Rice, however Pierce has been getting a healthy amount of carries for a backup, getting at least 7 carries a game 7 out his past 9 games. When Pierce gets the ball he’s proven to be an effective runner averaging 4.9 yards a carry. If Pierce is given a starting opportunity on another team I think he can thrive, or he’s a nice handcuff to have in case of a Rice injury. The Ravens have been resting Rice the past two weeks, giving Pierce an opportunity, and he didn’t disappoint. Pierce ran for 212 yards on 36 carries, averaging an impressive 5.88 yards a carry. I think he’s a sneaky player in deep dynasty leagues, and could be a valuable asset in the future. The coaching staff in Baltimore loves the rookie out of Temple, trading up to draft him in the 3rd round. The rookie hasn’t turned the ball over,and has earned the trust of his coaches. The emergence of Pierce could be problematic to Rice owners next year, as he could serve as a vulture. Keep your eye on Pierce going forward, I really like what I’ve seen out of this guy so far, and if he finds himself with a starting opportunity on another team he can and will put up big time fantasy numbers.