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|Pierce was Houston's main offensive catalyst as he finished his rookie season with the eighth-most rushing yards per game (72.2), despite averaging 4.3 yards per carry (30th in the league). He finished his rookie campaign fifth in yards after contact (506), fourth in broken tackles (27) and he broke a tackle every eight rushing attempts (second-best in the NFL). He was one of just three players to average more yards after contact (2.3) than before (2.0).
The only reason Pierce wasn't higher in these categories is because he was sidelined in the final four games of the season due to a foot injury. He finished the fantasy football season with the 25th-most fantasy points (170.4) among running backs, but averaged 13.1 fantasy points per game, the 21st-most at his position. His biggest fantasy flaw is finding the endzone, as he only scored five times.
If Pierce sticks to the same formula he used last season, he'll only continue to improve. He's expected to be a key figure in the Texans offensive so topping his 250 touches from last season isn't out of the question. The angry runner will start the fantasy football season as an RB2, but he has the potential to finish as a lower-end RB1 if touchdown variance goes his way.
| Dameon Pierce expected to play in Week 12
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 26, 7:00 am
|Texans’ RB Dameon Pierce, listed as questionable for Sunday due to an ankle injury, is expected to play vs. the Jaguars, per source. (Adam Schefter on X)
FFToday's Take: Pierce has missed the last two games due to an ankle injury which has allowed Devin Singletary to take control of the backfield in Houston. The coaching staff has noted that they intend to use both backs but I'd expect Singletary to get the start and play in a lead back role against the Jaguars.