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|Let the hype machine get rolling! Best rookie running back since Adrian Peterson. No competition for touches in Cleveland. Three-down back. Bad passing attack means plenty of runs. Yada yada yada. Time to pour some cold water on the hype. Is he 99% of Peterson or just 80% (hey, I could tell people I applied to Stanford and avoid telling them I had a 0% chance of getting in). Is plenty of touches in one of the league’s worst offenses a recipe for fantasy production? Did we mention the rookie quarterback issue? Did we mention the lack of a true number one wide receiver? Have we gotten to the fact that most of the upper tier ranked rookie running backs have flopped in recent years? Check out the rookie production of Darren McFadden, Knowshon Moreno, Beanie Wells, LeSean McCoy, Mark Ingram and Daniel Thomas. There is little doubt that Richardson has impressive size, speed and agility and should be a three-down back, perhaps as early as this season. But the issue is value. Unless Richardson produces 1,500 yards and 8-10 touchdowns, his fantasy production is not going to merit where he is being drafted, which is as a lower tier RB1.
Comment: 8/8: Richardson has experienced swelling in his left knee during camp and had a cleanup procedure performed. His injury risk is becoming a concern. Should his knee cooperate, it's safe to say Richardson will be on the field a fair amount for the Browns in 2012 including third downs. Even mediocre play at the QB position could translate into Richardson being a top-ten fantasy back.
|No carries or catches for Trent Richardson -- Mon Jan 5 8:00 am --|
Colts let Dan Herron carry the load
|Shouldering the heaviest load of his career — the Colts sat Trent Richardson for most of Sunday's win with an illness — Dan Herron responded with 141 all-purpose yards, the most from a Colts' running back in three seasons. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: You could see this one coming. Richardson missed practice time earlier in the week due to "illness" and while he was active on Sunday he only saw the field late in the game after Herron fumbled twice. Rookie Zurlon Tipton was the No.2 running back. Richardson is falling out of favor in Indy and can't be trusted in playoff leagues or daily formats.
| Ahmad Bradshaw likely done for season -- Mon Nov 17 6:40 pm --|
|Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw's season is in serious jeopardy after he suffered what the Colts believe to be a broken ankle against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, a league source told The Indianapolis Star. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: Beat writer Mike Chappell later revealed on Twitter that Bradshaw's injury is a fractured fibula, meaning a trip to season-ending IR is imminent. It is a crushing blow to the Colts, who lose an integral part of the running game and the short-passing game in the process. Trent Richardson should move into more of a lead-back role while Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne should see their red-zone opportunities increase.
| Colts fear broken ankle for Bradshaw -- Mon Nov 17 11:45 am --|
MRI on Monday
|Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw's season is in serious jeopardy after he suffered what the Colts believe to be a broken ankle against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, a league source told The Indianapolis Star. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: Bradshaw has been one of the bright spots this fantasy season, rankings 10th in standard leagues and 8th in PPR leagues among running backs, easily out-performing his 11th-round ADP. Trent Richardson will likely see a bump in opportunities. Dan Herron will move into the backup role and is worth a look in deeper leagues.