Richard rushed for one yard on three carries and caught two passes on as many targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Richard saw a significant uptick in usage throughout his third year with the Raiders as he totaled a career-high 123 touches for 866 yards and one score in 16 games. Despite a season-ending groin injury to starting running back Marshawn Lynch, Richard's value in standard leagues was capped by the resurgence of newcomer Doug Martin. Nonetheless, Richard was an intriguing option for PPR owners in deeper leagues given his 68 receptions on 81 targets for 607 yards. He'll be a restricted free agent in 2019, but the Raiders now have a clearer understanding of his talent as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
Richard (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
As anticipated, Richard's status for the season finale in Kansas City was never in much peril after he was limited by an ankle issue at Wednesday's practice. With a full session now under his belt, Richard should reprise his duties as the top change-of-pace option behind starting running back Doug Martin. The No. 2 role hasn't prevented Richard from offering utility in deeper leagues the past four weeks, as he's cleared 50 yards from scrimmage on three occasions and hauled in 13 receptions in total.
Richard (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
We'll track Richard's status as the week rolls along, but assuming he's able to play Sunday against the Chiefs, he'd be in line to continue in his change-of-pace role behind top back Doug Martin. It's an assignment that has yielded Richard a degree of PPR utility more often than not this season.
Richard accounted for 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries, along with four receptions for 40 yards during Monday's 27-14 win against the Broncos.
Richard didn't establish himself as a high-volume scorer during his first two seasons as a pro between 2016 and 2017, compiling five total touchdowns across 32 games for the Silver and Black. Even for a player with minimal expectations in that department, a 14-game scoring drought was beginning to wear on fantasy GMs, particularly for those abstaining from PPR scoring as 52.9 percent of Richard's pass-catching output this season was attributed to receptions entering Monday night. Week 17 lines up for an explosive Richard performance, as the Raiders face a Chiefs defense that has allowed the sixth-most receiving yards (785) and the fourth-most receiving touchdowns (five) to running backs this season.
Richard carried four times for nine yards and caught five passes for an additional 67 yards during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Bengals.
Richard did next to nothing on the ground, but he made an impact as a receiver, finishing second on the team in targets, catches and yards. His involvement in the passing game had been suppressed in recent weeks, so it was a good sign to see him included in the gameplan once more. Richard's role seems secure over the final games of the season and he'll look to remain involved as a pass catcher next Sunday against the Broncos.
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