When I began to pen this column on Wednesday afternoon, I had included Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, a consensus first-round pick in August drafts, among the starts list, just in case any T-Rich owners (like myself in a couple leagues) were frustrated with his lack of production to start the season. I wrote that he had a favorable match-up against the Minnesota Vikings this week, who are giving up the most points to running backs per game this year.
Then I went home Wednesday night, I found out Richardson had been traded to the Colts for the first-round draft pick. Like many of you, I was shocked, and as a Trent Richardson owner, I'm actually not too happy about this. While, long-term, Richardson's fantasy value should get slightly better because of the offensive talent around him -- in particular quarterback Andrew Luck -- in the short term, he's an incredibly risky play while he attempts to learn a new offense on the fly.
On Thursday, the Colts brass said they didn't get Richardson to be the team's "water boy" this Sunday, but even if T-Rich proves to be a quick study and gets 10-15 touches this week, his ceiling is pretty low facing a tough 49ers defense. As I mentioned, I have Richardson on a lot of my fantasy teams, and I'm sitting him on the pine this week and suggest you do as well if you have another option (I'm starting Knowshon Moreno over him in one league and Daryl Richardson in a PPR in another). If you don't, play him and hope he gets goal line work or catches a lot of passes in a PPR.
Hopefully, by next week, Richardson will be up to speed when the Colts play Jacksonville and can show off their shiny new toy. In the meantime, here are this weeks starts, sits and fliers.