Trent Richardson’s Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 6

Proceed with caution. That’s the best advice that can be given when it comes to the fantasy football value of Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson.

While he may possess elite upside and a track record of finding the back of the end zone, 2013 hasn’t been kind to the player who went No. 3 overall in the 2012 NFL draft.

Plain and simple, T-Rich is a player you need to temper expectations for in fantasy football leagues.

Richardson had 10 carries for 40 yards during the Colts’ 19-9 Monday Night Football loss to the San Diego Chargers. T-Rich also registered one reception for 13 yards to bring his game total to 53 yards on 11 touches.

It’s been that type of season for Richardson.

Hard to believe, but Trent Richardson has averaged under 4.0 yards per rush in 15 of 20 career games.

— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 15, 2013

He’s a goal-line menace, but that’s about it.

Will Trent Richardson become an elite NFL running back?

Will Trent Richardson become an elite NFL running back?

  • Yes, Richardson is just going through a dry spell.

  • No, Richardson’s upside isn’t that high.

Richardson has 13 rushing touchdowns and 60 total receptions through 21 career appearances, which is beyond impressive for a second-year running back. Unfortunately, Richardson also has a career mark of 3.5 yards per carry, displaying his inconsistent field vision.

In 2013, he’s officially dropped out of the ranks of the rising elite.

Richardson hasn’t topped 60 yards rushing in a single game this season, and he has just two receptions since joining the Colts. He’s getting a strong share of the carries, but outside of two rushing touchdowns, there hasn’t been anything encouraging.

If you’re a fantasy football owner, that means that you need to start exploring other options. It’s not too early in the season to trade Richardson, but at this point, his value is far too low to get much of anything in return.

T-Rich has officially hit his sophomore slump.

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