Trent Richardson, RB, Colts
|RB - #20||62.73||IND||Probable||3 years||23||5'9||230|
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jul-14-2014 by Larry Goldstein
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE: No player has fantasy owners more perplexed coming into 2014 as much as Trent Richardson. The former Crimson Tide back (drafted No. 3 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2012) came into the league as the consensus top rushing prospect in his draft class. In fact, at No. 3, he was the earliest running back to be selected in a draft since Reggie Bush went No. 2 in 2006. In fantasy drafts, Richardson was selected in the first round in nearly all leagues in both 2012 and 2013. Owners were punished with an underwhelming rookie year in 2012 and a far more dismal year in 2013 when Richardson was traded to the Colts for a first round draft pick only two weeks into the season. After two years in the NFL, Richardson has a 3.3 yards per carry average, which trumps his 16 total touchdowns and 2,200 total yards in the eyes of most fantasy players. The bar has been set so low that Richardson is currently the 20th RB off the board (58.25 ADP). Many are skeptical of the talk coming out of Indianapolis that consider Richardson to be a three-down weapon. It makes sense to have doubt considering the Colts continue to try and save face on a trade that (so far) has backfired. But, it can also be argued that Richardson was so shell-shocked by the trade that it took a season to adjust. A review of last year's game tape showcases a tentative Richardson behind the line of scrimmage. He simply lost confidence and strayed from what led him to be a top pick. The Colts are now saying that Richardson is back to his old self, relying on instincts rather than over-thinking his runs. As is often the case in fantasy, value can be found when you take a contrarian point of view. Richardson is a tremendous potential value if the Colts stay committed to him. With a void of sure thing running backs available, you can do worse than taking a shot on Richardson in the fifth round.
Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Donald Thomas re-tore his quad Wednesday. This is the same injury he suffered back in Week 2 of the 2013 season. He has been rehabbing ever since and only recently returned to the practice field after missing OTAs. This injury will require surgery.Fantasy Analysis:
Thomas isn't a Pro Bowl or All-Pro player, but the Colts will once again need to re-shuffle the pieces of their offensive line. This is a blow to the entire offense, but certainly not one that can't be overcome. Second-round draft pick Jack Mewhort is the early favorite to fill-in there, but his limited experience will be a season-long concern. Trent Richardson loses a key cog to his interior run-blocking unit. Andrew Luck will have to keep a close eye of when it is okay to step up in the pocket. The Colts are very young upfront excluding RT Gosder Cherilus, a legit veteran playing alongside four other linemen with a combined four seasons worth of experience.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/31 - Colts OG Donald Thomas tears quad, placed on season-ending IR
7/31 - Colts QB Andrew Luck 'will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball'
7/30 - Colts RB Trent Richardson returns to practice
7/29 - Colts RB Chris Rainey released
7/29 - Colts sign former Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner
7/29 - Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw 'looks fantastic'
7/25 - Colts RB Trent Richardson says he was playing injured last year
7/25 - Colts RB Vick Ballard injured during camp
7/19 - Colts HC Chuck Pagano on RB Trent Richardson: 'Fully expect him to have a great year'
7/13 - Colts RB Trent Richardson to have first shot at starting job
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|5.10||Draft Sharks - Rollin' the dice! Richardson has a great opportunity as the lead back in a high-powered offense. We'll see if he's good enough to take advantage.|
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