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.
"It was different when I went out there," he told the team website. "It was kind of like, 'This is a place in your life where you need to learn.' (I could) really see the offense and see how everything flows. I learned a lot about myself Sunday. It's a humbling job at the same time. Like I always tell people, 'The game's much bigger than me.'"
Richardson has averaged less than three yards a carry in five of the last six games. This exception was Sunday in his first non-start, when he rushed for 19 yards on five carries.
To make the situation even uglier for Richardson, the Colts have to face the Bengals this Sunday. Cincinnati hasn't allowed a running back to score since Week 4. So Richardson is in the unenviable position of not only facing the defense that has allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but doing so as the clear backup.
Richardson has seen his value slowly fade this season. He can be benched in most Fantasy formats.
Everyone under the sun has pretty much chimed in on why former first-round pick
According to Casey, Richardson is "probably afraid of getting hurt."
"With a guy like [Trent], everybody knows he’s a downhill runner," Casey told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "A lot of times guys shoot at his legs. He’s a smaller guy so nobody tries to hit him up high.
"When guys are shooting at your legs, that could result in injury so I think that’s probably one of his cases is he feels, ‘they’re shooting at my knees. I got to figure out how to not allow this to happen.’ So I think that’s probably the biggest thing with him is he’s probably afraid of getting hurt."
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