The Indianapolis Colts, the NFL-watching part of the world, and the Fantasy Football players of the world were all something close to ecstatic at the beginning of the season when the Colts completed a trade for Trent Richardson. After all, this is a Colts team that wanted to run the ball this season and Richardson, a first-round pick in 2012, seemed like the answer.
Since coming to the Colts, though, Richardson has been incredibly ineffective as a runner and hasn’t really added much of anything to the Colts’ offense. In fact, long time Colts back Donald Brown has actually as emerged as the team’s most effective back as of late.
For instance, in week 11, Richardson was given the ball eight times, but only ended up taking those carries for 22 yards, a putrid 2.8 yards per carry average. On the contrary, Brown was given the ball 14 times and rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, good for a 5.7 yards per carry average.
Though there have been some poor game for Brown as well this season, he has unquestionably been more effective than Richardson and it seems that the Colts are finally starting to realize that and give him more of the work. Having said that, fantasy players should stay away from both Brown and Richardson this week.
Brown may have value late in this season and in fantasy playoffs, but week 12 is a tough matchup for the Colts’ running game as they face the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona currently has the second best run defense in the league in terms of yards per game and have been successful in stifling most of their opponents from moving the football on the ground. I don’t expect that to change against the Colts, either.