The Cleveland Browns are starting to look awfully smart for trading Trent Richardson before his value dipped to an irredeemable levels. Is it too late for his fantasy football owners to execute the same tactic?
When the Indianapolis Colts sent the Browns a first-round pick for Richardson, his fantasy owners hoped that Andrew Luck would clear the running lanes for the sophomore rusher to breathe easily without eight or nine men crowding the box.
Instead, he has played even worse. Sunday's two-yard performance on the ground set a new low for the former No. 3 overall pick, who is now averaging 2.8 yards per carry during seven games with the Colts.
He offered a small consolation prize with three catches for 33 years, but fellow running back Donald Brown trumped those receiving numbers out of the same backfield with five receptions for 64 receiving yards and a touchdown. Rather than Richardson fully taking over in Indy, Brown has seen plenty of action, especially on passing downs.
The time has well passed to admit that investing a first-round pick on Richardson was a poor decision for both the Colts and fantasy gamers. But now that he is not even worth starting, is it time to trade, or even cut the disappointing rusher?
Good luck getting anything for him on the trading market. If you can trick someone into thinking he or she is buying low while actually overpaying, go for it. Call up Cleveland's front office to get some tips.
As crazy as it sounds, the notion of cutting Richardson is not at all crazy. He has generated a season-high of 60 rushing yards and 79 total yards, so he's not delivering worthy numbers.
Unfortunately, the world of free-agent running backs is a cold, bleak world devoid of much hope. If Richardson is your worst running back and Andre Brown is floating around the waiver wire, then by all means, drop him.
But chances are your best course of action is to bury him on your bench and hope he catches fire in time for the playoffs. Don't hold your breath, though, as this is a guy averaging 3.4 yards per carry over his lackluster career.