Trent Richardson has been listed as inactive for the Colts division round game against the Broncos. (Source: Sports Center via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It comes as a bit of a surprise, but If Richardson no longer has value as the Colts 2nd HB, there is no reason to keep him active. Zurlon Tipton and Dan Herron will carry the load for the Colts today.
It is because of an illness but it might be a convenient way to ease T-Rich out of the lineup. OC Pep Hamilton basically did just that last year, when Richardson had one touch in the Wild Card round and three in the divisional round.
Fantasy Impact: Look for Dan Herron to be the lead back against the Bengals as some are expecting big things from him in the game. He had a snap rate of 46% and 45% in the last two regular season games. UDFA Zurlon Tipton might even be in the mix.
Richardson carried the ball eight times for a total of 12 yards for an average of 1.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the day was for only three yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: T-Rich was once again ineffective for those fantasy owners who actually started him. His only value comes from scoring opportunities, but he has not been in that position too often this season. It appears the Colts staff still feels obligated to give him carries to justify the draft pick they gave up for him last year. Richardson should only be considered a flex option in the deepest of leagues and is not a recommended start as the fantasy playoffs begin.
T-Rich finished the game with 13 attempts for 42 rushing yards and one touchdown. His longest run of the day went for 12 yards and averaged just 3.2 yards per carry. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson rewarded his fantasy owners with a rushing touchdown at the goal-line, but was otherwise unproductive once again. "Boom" Herron actually got the start over T-Rich and may have the starting job for the remainder of the season. Richardson now becomes a touchdown dependent flex spot start at best.
The Jaguars defense has allowed the eighth most fantasy points to the RB position this season. (Source: Yahoo Sports)
Fantasy Impact: With Ahmad Bradshaw now out for the season, Richardson is slated to handle a majority of the work out of the backfield. Dan "Boom" Herron will also be a factor as the Colts new backup running back. Conventional wisdom would suggest that T-Rich would be a must start given the good matchup, but he has played poorly overall and is averaging only 3.4 yards per carry with just 2 touchdowns. Consider him a high-end flex start at best for Week 12.
Richardson managed only to contribute a 21 yard reception as he was completely shut down in the ground game - seven carries for zero yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The Colts trailed the entire game and were forced to abandon the run game early. And it was yet another uninspiring performance from Richardson. It helps his value a bit with Bradshaw probably missing time, but he remains a flex spot/match up based starter at best in deeper leagues.
New England has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to the RB position this year. (Source: Yahoo Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson should be fully healthy once again given he had extra time to rest with their Week 10 bye. There's a possibility he could be very active this game as the Colts may want to control the clock and keep the Patriots offense off the field as much as possible. However, his backfield mate Ahmad Bradshaw remains the preferred option at the goal line and also on third downs. Richardson remains a low-end RB2/high-end flex start at best.
Richardson is still dealing with his hamstring injury that he suffered last week against the Bengals. He did not practice this week and focused instead of doing rehab and working out with the trainers. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: If T-Rich is unable to play on Sunday, expect Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel "Boom" Herron to carry the workload for the Colts. Richardson did perform well until he got hurt, but remains a flex starter at best when healthy.
Richardson had to exit the game in the 4th quarter due to a hamstring injury, but he was very effective working in tandem with Ahmad Bradshaw throughout the game. He finished with 14 carries for 77 yards and added 4 receptions for 41 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson's injury doesn't appear to be serious and as of now he is on track to play next week. His status will be monitored throughout the week to make sure he is active. It was one of Trent's better games, but the Colts still prefer to use Bradshaw on most third downs and in the red zone. His lack of scoring opportunities limits his upside and he remains a flex spot starter.
Richardson rushed the ball 17 times for a total of 41 yards (2.4 ypc). His longest run of the night went for 9 yards, but he was able to find the end zone. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It was another typical performance from Richardson - very uninspiring. It's pretty clear at this point to Colts fans and fantasy owners alike that Ahmad Bradshaw is the much better running back. On the positive side it does help that he plays in a high-octane offense that gives him scoring opportunities, but T-Rich remains a low end flex play at best.
Trent Richardson managed 37 yards on nine carries (4.1 YPC) and added another 10 yards on four receptions. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson was once again out-produced by veteran backup Ahmad Bradshaw, despite being on the field for 17 more offensive snaps. Richardson is still entrenched as the starter, however, and has seen his YPC improve from 3.0 last season to 3.4 so far this year. This increase in production will likely lead to his retention of the lead role, however their usage prevents either from being much more than a weekly RB3/Flex play.
Trent Richardson rushed 20 times for 47 yards (2.4 YPC) and added another 52 yards on four catches in Sunday's contest against the Tennessee Titans. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson is still the starter for the Colts, despite being out-produced by veteran back Ahmad Bradshaw by a pretty good margin. The most comforting takeaway from this outing was his involvement in the pass game. His role in passing situations was greater than it had been in weeks past, which indicates that Andrew Luck and the Colts are beginning to trust him in more in that role. Even with said increase in usage, Richardson remains a back-end RB3 until his per touch production goes up.
Richardson built on his success (albeit moderate success) in Week 2 by putting up another nice performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. T-Rich totaled 57 yards rushing (4.1 YPC) and added 23 yards on three catches. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This marks the second consecutive week that Richardson has produced near the lofty price the Colts paid to acquire him from the Cleveland Browns. Personally, I would like to see this level of production against a tougher opponent before I declare that T-Rich has exorcised whatever demons have plagued him since joining the Colts. If he does continue to produce at or near this level against a more stout defense, he will work himself into the RB3/Flex conversation.
Trent Richardson rushed for 20 yards on six carries and added 31 yards on three catches.
Fantasy Impact: The Colts abandoned the run game rather early on as the Denver Broncos jumped out to an early lead. While the yards per attempt rushing don't look spectacular, T-Rich did a good job running hard and moving the pile on runs where it looked like he would be stopped for no gain. He also showed some burst in the open field when Luck was able to find him in space in the passing game. It's still early to say that Richardson has improved upon his dismal 2013 performance but, so far, all signs look positive.
Trent Richardson was only able to manage 17 yards on 2.8 YPC on an evening which the Colts offense as a whole struggled. Inconsistent offensive line play is partly to blame for the poor showing, allowing Richardson to be met by defenders in the backfield often. Despite the meager numbers, Richardson was able to break a couple of impressive runs. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson's most impressive play was a five yard gain on a run up the middle during which he made several defenders miss. Thanks to a nifty spin move and some tough running he was able to turn a potential loss into a gain. He will need to continue this hard-nosed running to overcome the Colts' offensive line issues. T-Rich figures to be a gamble at his current ADP of 28.
Mike Wells of ESPN.com discussed Richardson's slow start to the preseason. Both the coach and general manager understand that he has put in a lot of work to improve his game, but also realize they must run the ball better and start doing so soon. Maybe some motivation from Ryan Grigson will help light a fire under Richardson. "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. "We're all accountable here." (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry, even lower than his season average last year (2.9). He has performed just like the running back that disappointed both Colts fans and fantasy owners a season ago. At this point it's best to draft him as bye week replacement and even consider taking a late round flier on Ahmad Bradshaw.
Trent Richardson has gotten off to a fairly slow start this preseason. Through two games, Richardson has carried the ball 14 times and has gained 34 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Richardson is currently being drafted in the middle of the 5th round. This is a dangerous price for a player that really bottomed out last year after being traded to the Colts when he managed only 3.0 yards per carry in 2013. He is FantasyPros consensus ranked RB29. Approach Trent Richardson with caution.
The Colts have brought in former star RB Edgerrin James to work with Richardson during training camp. (Source: NBC Sports)
Fantasy Impact: The Colts appear to be pulling out all the stops to get the most out of their starting tailback. While it can't hurt to get advice from a former All-Pro, at some point results on the field have to overtake positive quotes and undertakings off of it. Trent remains a boom or bust RB3 heading into the season.
Richardson rushed the ball 5 times for 13 yards in his first preseason game.
Fantasy Impact: Other than a nice 8 yard gain, Richardson looked much the same as he did the majority of last year. The Colts will give him every opportunity to succeed, but this outing did nothing to quiet the preseason doubters about his 2014 outlook.
Richardson, during the post practice interview session on Monday, repeatedly mentioned his level of comfort in the Colts' scheme. He alluded to his ability to play more instinctually and make better in-game decisions based upon familiarity with the playbook and his teammates. (Source: Jason Mullins)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson was a standout back in college, setting the NCAA single season rushing record with 1,679 yards. He clearly has the talent to be a feature back moving forward, but will have to improve upon his 2.9 ypc average moving forward. Being able to react quickly in game scenarios and rely on that talent will be key in bouncing back from last year's dismal performance. Richardson will be an RB2 with RB1 upside on draft day.
Richardson ran for a "significant gain" off the right side of the line. The play occurred on a fourth and two, as the Colts were practicing various short yardage scenarios on Saturday. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson looks to be much more comfortable in the offense than last season. He has had an entire off-season to learn the playbook and become more familiar with the scheme which should improve his ability to make instinctual plays in the backfield. I would anticipate a bounce back year for T-Rich, who is an RB2 with RB1 upside.
Richardson suited up for practice today for the first time since July 24. He ran pretty well and was able to make several cuts. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: The Colts are taking no chances rushing Richardson back due to their lack of depth at the position. It is promising to see him in action though and it will be interesting to see if he will improve on a lackluster 2013. It will be worth monitoring his touches as camp progresses.
Trent Richardson is still being held out of practice for a soft tissue injury to his leg. He has yet to practice this training camp. (Source: Craig Kelley)
Fantasy Impact: The Colts are likely being cautious with T-Rich as they have already lost Vick Ballard for the season with an Achilles tendon injury. Richardson is expected to be the starter, making notable improvement in his understanding of the offensive scheme.
Richardson, who is nursing a soft tissue injury, was held out of practice on Friday and Saturday. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Coach Chuck Pagano appeared not to be concerned with holding the back out, saying "He knows exactly what to do, getting all the mental reps, going through walk-through stuff." Richardson entered camp as the favorite for the starting job but will face stiff competition from veteran Ahmad Bradshaw for that role.
Richardson will have to compete with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, both returning from injury, for touches in training camp. (Source: The Indianapolis Star)
Fantasy Impact: It appears the Colt's are moving away from their run-first approach they employed last season. This will likely mean a running back by committee approach to the backfield. Richardson, who struggled mightily last season, emerges as the early favorite for the most touches out of the backfield. Having a full offseason to acclimate himself to the playbook, he will need to improve upon his 2.9 yds/carry average to retain the lead role. It will be worth monitoring the reps during camp to see which back may assume the featured role.
This should come as a surprise to nobody, but Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was non-committal about the status of running back Trent Richardson for next season, according to ESPN's Mike Wells. Grigson wouldn't commit to Trent Richardson being back...