Trent Richardson Flashes Dynamic Fantasy Potential with Big Week 2

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16:  Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns flips into the endzone at the end of a 32-yard touchdown run in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The real Trent Richardson stood up in Week 2, and he's proving to the NFL world that he is a fantasy stud. 

While this was a reality that was reasonable to expect after the Cleveland Browns traded up to draft Richardson with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Browns' anemic offense had many questioning his fantasy potential. 

Those concerns were aggressively confirmed in Week 1 when Richardson carried a 2.1 yards-per-carry average while gaining 39 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Those concerns are now a part of the distant past.

Against the solid rush defense of the Cincinnati Bengals, Richardson is filling up the stat sheets and lighting up the highlight loops. See: 

That was just one touchdown. Check out these moves as Richardson displays the shiftiness and power that earned him such a lofty draft position to begin with:

Yes, both of those highlights were from the same game—two touchdowns by one Browns player in a single game! ESPN passed along this tidbit to highlight how rare this feat is:

Trent Richardson: 2nd Browns rookie since merger with 100+ Rush yds, a Rush TD and a Rec TD in the same game (Kevin Mack, 1985 vs Chargers)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) Sept. 16, 2012

With time running out in the Cleveland Browns-Cincinnati Bengals game, Richardson has generated more than 130 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, and he has proven, without a doubt, that he is a No. 1 fantasy back—no matter what team he is on.