I know it is just one week, and in the same week Trent Richardson got traded to a new team, but one has to consider how much of a load Richardson will be carrying when his teammate Ahmad Bradshaw saw 19 carries last week, which went for 95 yards. But in terms of Week 4, Richardson is an automatic start against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Richardson will be going up against a Jaguars’ defense that is ranked 31st in the league allowing 167.7 yards a game, and 5.2 yards per carry. Richardson will get the boat load of the work on Sunday as Bradshaw is out with a neck injury.
However, are the Indianapolis Colts content with both Richardson and Bradshaw sharing the load going forward? If so, that is bad news for fantasy owners who own Richardson, especially when you consider the fact that the Colts gave up a first-round draft pick in 2014 for Richardson. If you are in a deep league, and Bradshaw is somehow in free agency, it would be a move I would definitely consider once he is healthy. Let’s not forget that Richardson had a history with the Cleveland Browns of getting nicked up quite a bit.
There are two silver linings in all of this as for one, Richardson might be a goal line back as well as he scored inside the red zone on his first carry with the Colts in their win in week three. The second is the fact that the Colts are tied of seventh in the league in rushing attempts at 91.
Let me put it this way: If you are in a small league, you can do better most likely than having to start Richardson on a consistent basis with the hopes that he finally earns the majority of the carries. But if you are in a 16-team league like I am, you take him, and run if you have the chance.
All in all, it is a really risky proposition down the road because if last week was just a preview for the future of the Colts’ offense, it doesn’t look great for Richardson owners. But in the near future, he is a good start against the horrible Jaguars.