When the news broke that running back Trent Richardson had been traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts, his value skyrocketed. He turned into an untradeable running back that owners believed would lead their fantasy teams to the Promised Land. However, Trent Richardson has been nothing but a disappointment as he has rushed for only 256 yards as a member of the Colts.
Now is his time to shine, bust out in a big game and the perfect stage to do it is on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers. Richardson will have the opportunity, as he has had three weeks to learn the playbook and his backup running back Ahmad Bradshaw is out for the year with a neck injury.
Bradshaw’s first game after the Richardson trade resulted in 95 yards rushing and a touchdown, but he had to have neck surgery following the week three win in San Francisco. Richardson must take advantage of being the sole running back for the Colts and must produce in fantasy or else he will likely be benched or traded in most fantasy leagues.
Richardson had much success in Cleveland by running behind Pro Bowlers Alex Mack (Center) and Joe Thomas (Left Tackle). With the center and tackle pulling for the Bama back, Trent could find open running lanes where he used his brute strength to run over defenders.
Now in Indianapolis he no longer has these linemen to block for him and will have to rely on a makeshift line to open holes. Anthony Castonzo, the left tackle who has protected Andrew Luck’s blindside for the past two years, has been the stabilizing force of the Colt’s line. And unlike in Cleveland, Richardson finally has a quarterback who can open up the play-action game and accurately check down to the running back.
I would trust Richardson as I predict he will go off this Monday night and return to the first round pick owners expected him to be.