There is nothing worse than drafting a player in the first round of your fantasy football draft and watching them turn to be a bust. Trent Richardson owners know this more than anyone else.
Richardson started the season off with the Cleveland Browns and after the season he had in 2012, many fantasy owners (myself included) thought that he would be a beast this season. Then he was trade to the very offensively talented Indianapolis Colts. One would think this would have significantly boosted his fantasy value. However, reality kicked everyone in the face and said, “sorry about your luck!”
Since joining the Colts, Richardson has been anything but valuable for his fantasy owners. He has gained only 355 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season. What has made it worse is that the Colts started playing fantasy dud Donald Brown more and more every game. This has turned out very good for Brown and very bad for Richardson and his owners.
Has it come to the point to finally say it? I think so: Donald Brown now has more fantasy value than Trent Richardson.
The Colts are a pass-first team. They just do not run the ball very well. With that being said, this makes their offense a much better fit for someone like Brown than Richardson. Richardson has shown hardly any explosiveness since joining the team and Brown has found NFL and fantasy life with the addition of Richardson. How does something like this happen?
If you drafted Richardson and have room on your fantasy team, I guess you can hold onto him. But, if you really need players, then by all means drop him quicker than the Browns did. Richardson will not be relevant for the rest of the season, so please do not depend on him. The Colts will pass the ball and Brown will be the guy they throw to, not Richardson.
Richardson may have value next season, but this fantasy football season is pretty much over for him — and his owners need to learn that quickly.