Sep 3, 2012
Trent Richardson practiced for the first time since having his knee scoped, leaving the Browns (and Richardson’s fantasy owners) with hope that the rookie tailback will suit up this Sunday against the Eagles.
Philadelphia ranked in the bottom half of the NFL last season against the run, and while football purists are skeptical about the potential success of a rookie running back, Richardson’s strength and mobility have the fantasy community excited. With less than a week of practice, I don’t expect Richardson to produce numbers worthy of where he is being drafted, but I do believe he should be in your starting lineup as an average RB2 or a flex option.
The story for Richardson’s fantasy value is not his talent, but the Browns ability to stay competitive and thus committed to the running game. He won’t produce like his alma mater did last weekend against Michigan, but the rookie back should approach 85 total yards (on 20 touches) with a good chance to reach paydirt on Sunday.