All hope is not lost for Trent Richardson's fantasy football production

      October 10, 2013 @ 11:20:32 PDT


If you drafted a running back in the first round of your fantasy football draft, chances are good that you're disappointed with your pick. C.J. Spiller, Doug Martin and Arian Foster come to mind.

Nicholas Minnix still has hopes for the Muscle Hamster in 2013.

I, on the other hand, am not willing to call it a lost season for Trent Richardson, although many of his owners are starting to give up hope. His owners were ecstatic to see him leave the Cleveland Browns and join the Indianapolis Colts after a trade leading up to Week 3.

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson
T-Rich has time to deliver

However, a proposed timeshare with Ahmad Bradshaw (now out for the year with a neck injury) meant he wasn't in line to be the workhorse he was with the Browns. He found paydirt in two of his first three games with Indy but failed to top 60 yards and is averaging a measly 3.1 yards per carry through five weeks.

Look at the bigger picture and there are plenty of reasons to bet that T-Rich is ready to bust out. Anyone that expected a breakout immediately upon his arrival to Indy's backfield was being unrealistic in the first place; he came in mid week and had to learn a completely new offense on the fly. Be thankful that he even chipped in a TD against a stingy San Francisco 49ers defense in his team debut.

He's still in the process of adapting and meshing with his new teammates. The good news: After a season-low 13 carries against the Niners, he's had 20 and 18, respectively, in the last two weeks. Bradshaw is out of the picture now, too, leaving only Donald Brown to complement him.

Also, two of his last three opponents, the Niners and Seattle Seahawks, are tough to run against. The schedule lightens tremendously from here on out, starting with the San Diego Chargers on Monday night and the Denver Broncos in a Sunday night tilt before their Week 8 bye.

Disclaimer: Denver's run D is holding opponents to just 51.6 yards on the ground per game, best in the league, but that's deceiving since they've built up giant leads and have forced their enemies to the air. The Colts should pose a much stiffer test to Peyton Manning and Co. and keep things closer.

The Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans follow. All teams that have struggled to stop the run this year.

Richardson is on the verge of topping 100 yards rushing for the first time all season, and it could easily come this week against the Bolts. If you've learned anything from this season, it should be how quickly things can change in the NFL, and I see it coming for T-Rich.

He's lost some luster in point-per-reception formats, but if his current owner is tired of his mediocre production, now would seem to be the perfect time to buy low on his stock.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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