Third degree aggravated assault indictment for RB Rice
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Third degree aggravated assault indictment for RB Rice

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice @RayRice27 was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday of third degree aggravated assault. The indictment stemmed from an incident at an Atlantic City casino on February 15th, in which Rice allegedly struck his fiancee, Janay Palmer, knocking her unconscious. If convicted, Rice faces a potential of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Fantasy Analysis:

ON A HUMAN LEVEL... Bad news for Rice that transcends fantasy football. Until this incident, Rice has had a pretty squeaky clean image in the NFL. So, it's no surprise that the Ravens organization has steadfastly stood by him, saying that regardless of this incident , Rice has a future with the team. Rice's lawyer stated that he and his fiancee are taking counseling sessions and are still committed to one another. Hopefully, the motives are good for both parties and things get worked out.

FROM A FANTASY PERSPECTIVE... Keep an eye on this. If convicted, it's likely that RIce will not play in 2014 (and possibly beyond). This means that RB Bernard Pierce @BPierce_30 would get an opportunity to be the bell cow. Neither back was overly effective in 2013. Rice had the worst season of his career, rushing for only 660 yards and four touchdowns, while averaging only 3.1 yards per tote. Pierce only gained 2.9 yards per carry, rushing for 436 yards and two touchdowns.

While this may not have been a "need" the Ravens anticipated having to fill in this year's draft, don't be surprised if they spend a late-round pick on a running back. Even if they do, expect Pierce to be the first guy to get a crack at the majority of carries if Rice misses the season.

Source:
ESPN.com

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Rusty has been an avid fantasy player since 2000, focusing primarily on football and dabbling a little in baseball. After dominating his local 16 team, auction league for the last 10 years, he and partner Mark Weakley have entered the high stakes world, making the playoffs and finishing 12th in their inaugural 252 team Main Event. They are also regulars in the playoffs in the auction format. He converses regularly with some of the best high stakes pros in the industry. Rusty joined the Scout Fantasy team in December 2013.
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A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Rusty resides in the Evansville, IN area with his wife & two daughters.