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Week 11 fantasy pickups include Rishard Matthews, Bernard Pierce, Case Keenum, Shane Vereen

Bernard-Pierce-RavensCompared to recent weeks, there is probably not a whole lot available on the fantasy waiver wire in your leagues heading into Week 11. There were very few breakout performances in Week 10 and not many injuries, but that doesn’t mean valuable pieces can’t be found. In addition to the players we told you to keep an eye on when Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James went down on Monday night, here are some other players to consider for Week 11.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins: We can almost guaranteed that Matthews’ 11/120/2 game against Tampa Bay on Monday night will be his best of the season. That doesn’t mean he won’t have some WR3 value going forward, especially in PPR leagues. After catching just five passes in the first six games of the season, Matthews has clearly developed some chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. He has 16 catches on 24 targets in the past three weeks. He has also received a bump since Brandon Gibson went down with an injury. We don’t expect him to light it up by any means, but you could do worse for receiver depth.

Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens: Pierce is already owned in many leagues as a handcuff to Ray Rice. The Ravens’ run game is an absolute mess. Rice has been completely ineffective in recent weeks, which could be the result of a lingering hip issue and is certainly the result of poor offensive line play. John Harbaugh told reporters this week that the team is planing to go with a “hot hand” approach going forward. That could mean Pierce is in for more carries if he can provide a spark. The Ravens can only be so loyal to Rice if he is not getting the job done, making Pierce worth an add.

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Ray Rice likely out two weeks with hip injury; Pierce to start

Ray Rice hip injury

Ray Rice is likely to miss two weeks for the Baltimore Ravens because of a hip injury, meaning Bernard Pierce will start on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Rice went down with a non-contact hip injury during the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns last weekend. He did not carry the ball after the injury.

Rice did not practice during the week, and coach John Harbaugh initially said the back was a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against Houston. But Rice was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, indicating he had around a 25 percent chance of playing.

Baltimore Sun Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson reported on Saturday that Rice’s injury is regarded as a two-week injury if the Ravens play it safely. He also said Pierce will start.

Pierce doesn’t have the same playmaking ability as Rice, but he is still a solid back. I picked the Ravens to win the game despite Rice’s injury.

Bernard Pierce reportedly robbed at gunpoint, carjacked

Bernard PierceBaltimore Ravens second-year running back Bernard Pierce was robbed at gunpoint and carjacked on Sunday, CBS 3 in Philadelphia reports.

Pierce, who attended Temple, was robbed along the 7500 block of Haverford Avenue, per CBS Philly.

CBS 3 reports that a gunman jumped from a car while his accomplice remained behind the wheel. The gunman robbed Pierce and his companion, then stole the vehicle and drove off.

Pierce’s BMW was found in another part of the city, recovered, and processed by police for possible clues.

Here’s a look at the police’s crime scene unit examining the car via CBS 3:

Pierce carried the ball 108 times for 532 yards and a touchdown as a rookie last season. A recent report on the Ravens’ website said Pierce was expected to split even more carries with Ray Rice in the upcoming season.

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Photo: Twitter/Bernard Pierce