Trent Richardson, RB, Colts: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
RB - #21 66.06 IND Probable 3 years 23 5'9 230

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jul-14-2014 by Larry Gold

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.

Latest Update

Aug-21-14 Colts RB Trent Richardson 'off to a slow start'

ESPN's Colts beat writer Mike Wells reports Trent Richardson is off to a slow start again this year, and Wells gives this notable opening line in a Wednesday post:
"Look at Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson's preseason rushing statistics and you probably want to climb to the top of the nearest mountain and scream, 'Here we go again!' at the top of your lungs."
It's one thing for a beat writer to have observations, but it's another when Wells quotes the Colts GM Ryan Grigson as saying "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability, We're all accountable here. He's such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he's got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53."
Richardson dropped off significantly last year after being trading from the Cleveland Browns to the Colts for a first-round pick.

Fantasy Analysis:

It's getting harder and harder for supporters to defend Richardson. He has to pick it up in a big way this year if he wants to remain an NFL starter. His average draft position has continued to drop, being a fifth-round selection in July to now going off the board in the sixth round. He will get all of the carries he can handle if he can produce, with only RB Ahmad Bradshaw behind him.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

8/21 - Colts RB Trent Richardson 'off to a slow start'
7/31 - Colts OG Donald Thomas tears quad, placed on season-ending IR Injury
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

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
7/21/2014
4.06 Bluefish Blitz - Let's think back to Marshawn Lynch's mid season trade, he was no beast. Last year's goat could be this year's hero with a full offseason to gel with his line. They'll be winning in the 4th quater of a lot of games. I think his leash is longer than it is short
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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