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Philadelphia, PA ( - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice finally came through for fantasy owners Sunday against the Chicago Bears ... in more ways than one.

Yes, Rice's 25-carry, 131-yard, one-TD performance may have played a part in getting his owners a much-needed Week 11 win, but it also reopened a trade window that appeared to be glued shut.

And right in the nick of time, too.

Many fantasy leagues will have their trade deadline Wednesday, which gives owners one more day to get something in return for one of this season's biggest fantasy busts.

Sure, it's tempting to stick with Rice after he finally showed a pulse Sunday, but now is the time to make a move.

A dominant effort against the Chicago Bears is hardly indicative of future performance.

The Bears' depleted front seven has been thoroughly gashed by opposing rushers the last seven games. Running backs have scored 24.3 fantasy points per game against Chicago in that span.

During that time, Chicago defenders made Brandon Jacobs, James Starks and Roy Helu look like Jim Brown, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith by leaving gaping holes at the line of scrimmage and failing to make tackles.

On Rice's season-long 47-yard run Sunday, Baltimore opened a hole between the left tackle and left guard large enough to drive a bus through and no Bears player came close to contacting Rice until safety Major Wright finally knocked him out of bounds.

Rice, who entered the game with a season-long run of 14 yards and had rushed for less than 47 yards in seven of eight games this season, said he ribbed his offensive linemen after the play.

"I kind of made a joke with the guys on the offensive line that I didn't know what to do with a hole that big," Rice said.

The Ravens Week 12 opponent, the New York Jets, isn't going to provide many opportunities for wisecracks, however.

The Jets defense has not allowed any team to rush for 100 yards in a game this season, and opposing running backs have managed just 11 fantasy points per game against it, second fewest in the NFL.

Rice's effort against the Bears may have resurrected his fantasy value momentarily, but it is sure to sink again quickly once Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson get their hands on him.

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