A little more than 24 hours after the news broke of the Colts trading for Trent Richardson, the biggest question from a fantasy perspective is what his immediate impact will be. His new head coach said in his press conference Thursday that they didn't deal for Richardson for him to be the water boy and Richardson himself said he would play a lot against the 49ers on Sunday. But what exactly does a lot mean?
A well known site projects Richardson to have 17 carries for 58 yards and a score plus three catches for 20 yards. It seems a little far fetched to believe a player that will have two practices under his belt to touch the ball 20 times in his debut.
Listen to what Charch thinks above.
What Doug thinks:
I love the deal long term and I do think the Colts are going to try to get T-Rich into the end zone this weekend. Logically, I see his touches around 13 and his combo yards around 52. Long term, the trade breathes new life into Richardson's fantasy projections. In his brief NFL career, the Browns passing game never eclipsed 300 yards and netted three touchdowns in a game. The Colts running backs went over 100 yards only once last season with a excellent passing attack. With a balanced offense, it is a match made in fantasy heaven.
What Mike thinks:
Trent Richardson should be able to contribute immediately to the Colts rushing attack, but I don't expect him to get his typical workload in the passing game. I would expect 10 to 15 carries for Richardson in his Colts debut, but I also expect Indy to trail early and often in this game. That means the Colts will be passing, and you don't want a guy who has been on the roster for 100 hours to be responsible for picking up the blitz for your franchise quarterback. Some people are still projecting a rushing TD for T-Rich, but the Colts love to throw the ball near the goal line. So, as all Cleveland Browns fans know, don't get your hopes up.