7. Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Don’t feel squeamish about starting the rookie against the Colts. He has high volume written all over him. It’s just Rex Burkhead that is ready in case Pierce needs a break. The Colts will find out that Pierce will hit the hole hard and be hard to bring down. Should the Texans can keep this a close game, the rookie will continue to get fed. As a bonus, this kid is dynamic in the pass game.

If you have Pierce on your roster, he’s either a flex for your team or you took a risk drafting him as your eventual RB2 with the zero-RB or hero-RB strategy. It’s a calculated risk and he has the biggest upside for a rookie RB in 2022. The right time to start him is now.