It largely has to due with Indianapolis running back Donald Brown being iffy to play because of a stinger suffered last week. Richardson played well in Brown's absence Week 15, finishing with 15 Fantasy points. Though, Richardson averaged just 3.4 yards per carry last week and his poor track record still might prevent Fantasy owners from putting him in active lineups Week 16.
The Colts travel to Kansas City Sunday. Despite the Chiefs being one of the better teams in the NFL this season, they have had their issues against the run, particularly as of late. In the last six games, running backs are averaging 117.2 rushing yards and 24 Fantasy points per week against Kansas City. Running backs have totaled eight touchdowns (six rushing) in that span.
If Brown sits out Sunday, Fantasy owners might have to give strong consideration to starting Richardson given the favorable matchup. It's probably safer to view him as a No. 3 Fantasy running back, but Richardson could certainly be a sleeper option Week 16, especially as a flex start.
Even with Donald Brown, his primary competition for carries, suffering a stinger in the first quarter,
But from that point forward, he was a different player. Looking to run out the clock with a big lead, the Colts kept handing him the ball in the second half, and he found some room to maneuver, delivering runs of 8, 14, 22 and 9 yards. He finished the game with 64 yards on 19 carries.
Of course, his biggest play came in the passing game. Midway through the second quarter, he caught a short pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and weaved through the defense for a 9-yard touchdown. In all, Richardson had four catches for 38 yards. He was targeted six times.
Brown's status for Week 16 at Kansas City is unknown as of now, but if he's forced to miss the game, Richardson figures to carry the load for the Colts.
Given coach Chuck Pagano's stated perference for Donald Brown earlier this month,
Richardson has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in 10 of his 11 games with the Colts. He has averaged 2.5 over during a six-game stretch in which he has gotten no more than eight carries. He has gotten more involved in the passing game in recent weeks, catching five balls for 68 yards at Cincinnati in Week 14, but as a rusher, he's a non-factor.
So even though he has what appears to be a favorable matchup Week 15 against the Texans --who rank 21st against the run, allowing 118.5 yards per game, and have given up the 11th-most Fantsay points to running backs -- you wouldn't want to use him in Fantasy. Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, Dave Richard ranks him the highest this week and still has him only 38th among running backs.
Richardson out-carried fellow running back Donald Brown (who had four attempts), and the 88 total yards were a season high. Richardson gained 50 total yards in the fourth quarter, as the Colts were playing from behind and going pass-heavy. He had a 22-yard reception in the second quarter.
The Colts face the Texans in Week 15.
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