Fantasy Football: High-Risk, High-Reward Players to Draft with Caution Next Year

Was there a bigger disappointment in fantasy football this season than Trent Richardson?

After scoring 12 touchdowns as a rookie, Richardson was taken in the first round of most fantasy drafts this year. He was the only legit weapon the Cleveland Browns had on offense heading into the season. Clearly the Browns were not impressed with Richardson because they shipped him to the Indianapolis Colts after two games.

When the Richardson trade took place, fantasy owners everywhere were trying to come up with trades to acquire him.

He was finally a running back in an offense that had a legit quarterback in Andrew Luck, and there was no doubt that Richardson would shine.

Turns out, we were all wrong.

In 14 games with the Colts, Richardson ran for a meager 458 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Not exactly the numbers you want your No. 1 running back putting up.

Heading into the 2014 season, Richardson’s draft position is going to be one of the bigger debates amongst your league. He certainly is no longer worth drafting in the first couple of rounds, but Richardson has a chance of having a bounce-back season.

The Colts gave up way too much for Richardson to give up on him after one season. Let’s remember, Richardson is still only 22 years old. 

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