Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Trent Richardson is a fantasy football serial killer

As a rookie last season Trent Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns (which tied for the 5th most rushing TD's in the league).  This year he was expected to be a fantasy star, with an average draft position of #11 overall.  I'm in two leagues, and I have him in both of them.  I took him in the 1st round in one, and thought I was getting great value by being able to keep him in the 3rd round in the other.

Richarson hasn't missed a game this season, but is currently just 32nd overall in rushing yards with 355.  He has a total of 2 touchdowns (and none since week 4), which puts him tied for 33rd in that category.  The list of running backs who've outperformed him in fantasy points includes Mike Tolbert, Rashad Jennings, Bilal Powell, and Roy Helu.

But here's the stat that really gets me: There have been 173 occasions this season when an NFL player has rushed for more than 60 yards in a game.  Richardson has accounted for zero of them.

I'm dropping him from my squad this week in favor of previously unheard of third string Tampa Bay running back Brian Leonard.

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