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Fantasy Football 2012: Why Trent Richardson Should Be an Early-Round Pick
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Whether you liked the offseason moves the Browns made or not, one thing seems to be similar between all of them:  the moves were decisive and made with a singular purpose in mind. 

The Browns already made this rationale clear recently by selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft and signing the rookie to a four year contract worth $5.3 million. 

The Browns also raised a couple eyebrows when they decided to trade up one spot in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and grab former University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson

With that said, the Browns always seem to have a huge question mark surrounding them when it concerns fantasy football.  Over the past couple of seasons, the Cleveland Browns had been void of any reliable fantasy football options. 

There have of course been the Peyton Hillis’ of the world, whom came unexpectedly into the fantasy football spotlight and then disappeared just as quickly.

At a first glance, the 2012 Cleveland Browns might not seem to impress anyone either. 

But with Pat Shurmur coming into his second season as the Browns head coach, the addition of Brad Childress as the offensive coordinator and the Browns adding four rookies whom could foreseeably start for the offense, the Browns may not only surprise a lot of people on the football field but also in the fantasy numbers.

Leading the pack of this rookie bunch is former University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson.  Jamey Eisenberg at CBS Sports has Richardson ranked as his ninth fantasy football running back. 

Christopher Harris of ESPN added to the Richardson fantasy football hype by stating,

“He's a no-brainer selection, though I doubt I'll own him on many of my own fantasy teams.  He has the clearest path to dominate his new team's backfield touches, and scads of all-around ability…”

So let’s take a closer look at why Trent Richardson warrants an early round fantasy football choice.

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