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Basic StatsDameon Pierce's Basic Stats

Dameon Pierce
ADP: 7.12
Bye: 6
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 22.6
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.59
SPARQx (Rank): 109.90 (46%)
Burst Score (Rank): 118.20 (48%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.99 (4%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 7.53

Dameon Pierce's Weekly Outlook

Week 4 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
69.9 0.4 1.5 11.7 0 10.6
Weekly Writeup
Pierce erupted last week with 101 total yards and a score. Next up is a neutral matchup with the Chargers.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
58.3 0.5 1.9 15.6 0.1 10.8

Dameon Pierce's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#26 Running Back

153.9 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
7.12 220.7 922.9 6 2.1 1.5 28.3 220.3 1.1

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsDameon Pierce's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Pierce stands a stout 5’10, 218 pounds.
  • Despite impressive efficiency (and tape), Pierce never topped 106 carries in any of his 4 seasons at Florida.
  • Running a 4.59 forty time, Pierce is quicker than he is fast.
  • Houston selected Pierce early in Round 4. Overall, he was the 7th RB selected.
  • Pierce joins a Houston team led by 1st-year Texans HC Lovie Smith and OC Pep Hamilton.
  • Hamilton’s bounced around the league quite a bit, but in 3 stints as an OC, his units ranked 23rd, 17th and 21st in rush attempts.
  • What profiles as a bad Houston team overall might force this unit to lean pass as game scripts get out of hand.
  • Backfield competition is light: Rex Burkhead and Marlon Mack are the main contenders for touches.
  • Mack, a healthy scratch for much of last year in Indy, rushed only 28 times for 101 yards in 6 games. He’s a bit of an unknown after suffering a torn Achilles in September of 2020.
  • Burkhead was durable last year. But he fared poorly efficiency-wise outside of a massive game vs. the Chargers (22-149-2).
  • GM Nick Caserio confirmed that there will be backfield competition this summer, saying Pierce “has to earn his opportunity” and “create a role for himself.”
  • PFF ranked this O-line 32nd in run blocking grade in 2021. LT Laremy Tunsil played only 5 games after playing 14+ in each of his first 6 seasons.
  • QB Davis Mills enters his 1st season as the full-time starter. While he showed flashes as a Round 3 rookie, even a most optimistic result has him playing as a league-average passer.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Pierce was one of our favorite mid-round RBs in the pre-draft process. While his production profile is poor, his limited tape indicates that the Florida coaching staff simply held him back.

Houston looks like a strong landing spot, too: Rex Burkhead and Marlon Mack aren’t exactly no-doubt starters.

Still, odds are Pierce will enter the year as part of a running back by committee. Mix in the young, unproven Houston offense, and it’s reasonable to expect a slow start for the rookie.

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Dameon Pierce, RB HOU

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Long TD boosts Pierce's production

Texans rookie RB Dameon Pierce used a 75-yard TD run in Sunday's loss to the Chargers to rack up 131 yards on 14 attempts. Pierce added 6 receptions (for just 8 yards) among 6 targets. Only WR Brandin Cooks drew more looks in the passing game. No other Texan logged a rushing attempt. Rex Burkhead trailed Pierce by 1 target and ran 6 fewer routes.

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Texans RB Dameon Pierce rushed for 80 yards and a TD on 20 carries in Sunday's 3-point loss to the Bears. He added 2 catches for 21 yards on 2 targets. Pierce again worked well ahead of RB Rex Burkhead on the rushing side while watching the veteran lead on passing downs. Burkhead led Houston with 4 catches on 5 targets (2nd to Brandin Cooks) but logged only 3 rushing attempts.

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Texans RB Dameon Pierce went from trailing Rex Burkhead in Week 1 opportunities to a big lead in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. The rookie handled all 15 of Houston's RB carries, gaining 69 yards (4.6 per rush). He added an 8-yard catch on his only target. Burkhead still beat Pierce 3-2 in targets, catching 2 for 9 yards. But Pierce ran just 4 fewer routes than Burkhead against Denver. That gap proved wider in Week 1, with Burkhead running a route on 60% of drop backs vs. just 12% for Pierce.

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Rex Burkhead operated as Houston's clear lead back in Sunday's opener vs. the Colts. He out-snapped RB Dameon Pierce 50 to 20, out-carried the rookie 14 to 11 and out-targeted him 8 to 1. Neither guy had any success on the ground, averaging 3.0 and 2.9 yards per carry, respectively. But Burkhead's usage has him on the fantasy radar for Week 2. We're still expecting Pierce's role to grow at Burkhead's expense throughout the season. But, for now, Pierce can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.

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The Texans list rookie RB Dameon Pierce #1 on their initial regular-season depth chart. Although "unofficial," this matches up with all other indicators from the team through preseason. Pierce carries upside from RB3 range in fantasy football drafts.

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Dynasty Overview View RB Dynasty Rankings »

Dameon Pierce, RB HOU
Dynasty MVP 143.9
Position Rank #13 RB
3yr Projection
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Dynasty Write-up
Pierce was stuck in a committee backfield throughout his 4 seasons at Florida, which is at least slightly concerning. But the HC who refused to give Pierce a big workload has since been fired – certainly notable. When Pierce did get the rock, he was awesome. He led all 173 RBs with 100+ attempts last year in Pro Football Focus rushing grade and ranked 5th in Elusive Rating. Pierce also tallied 36 catches over the last 2 seasons. His 2022 competition in Houston: Marlon Mack, Rex Burkeahd, Royce Freeman and Dare Ogunbowale. Mack and Burkhead are only signed for 2022.
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