The Indianapolis Colts reportedly have finally made the decision to ride the hot hand.
According to NFL.com's Michael Silver, via NFL: Around the League on Twitter, the organization will bench beleaguered running back Trent Richardson in favor of Donald Brown in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans.
Colts will bench Trent Richardson in favor of Donald Brown Sunday, per @MikeSilver— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 1, 2013
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport found that the franchise has decided to roll with its most productive back after going 2-2 following the Week 8 bye.
Colts source tells me “It’s a bottom-line biz. Change needed to be made. Donald is our most productive guy.” Believe in Trent for future— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013
During that four-game span, the Colts have fallen behind by at least 14 points in every contest. After a 40-11 humbling by the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12, Indianapolis clearly needs to shake things up and work to establish the run.
Fantasy owners who own Brown should rejoice, as well as instantly place him into their starting lineups if they can find room for him. He’s a bona fide RB2 heading into this AFC South rivalry matchup and should produce in a big way.
Compare that to Richardson, who had a mere 22 yards on his eight carries and recently sunk his yards per carry average below 3.0 on the season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft has just 96 yards on 42 carries over the last five games.
While the Colts aren’t ready to give up on T-Rich as their future running back—a wise move considering they gave up a first-rounder in the coming draft to land him earlier this season—Brown is likely going to get the nod for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
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The numbers back it up, as he has rushed for 324 yards on 57 touches thus far—an outstanding 5.7 yard-per-carry average—compared to Richardson’s 392 yards on 134 rushes this year.
The Colts are making a bold choice to put Richardson on the bench, but it is the right one. Expect Brown to come in and immediately bolster the running game in Indianapolis with his increased workload, which is something fantasy owners will certainly appreciate.