Stick a fork in Trent Richardson. He is done.
There is perhaps no player in fantasy football who is more frustrating to own right now than the 2012 No. 3 pick, who likely commanded a hefty price on draft day but rewarded owners with a whopping 305 rushing yards and two scores through the first nine games of the season.
Unfortunately, things got even worse on Thursday night, as T-Pain (nicknamed after the pain he gives fantasy owners, presumably) tallied just eight carries for 22 yards. He was, however, nice enough to add five catches for 31 yards, making it so PPR owners didn't completely want to bang their heads against an armored truck.
Don't worry, though, it gets worse.
"Backup" Donald Brown received 14 carries, looked much more explosive with 79 yards and had two touchdowns, one of which came from within the 10-yard line.
Richardson's value is nonexistent right now.
If you can use the fact that his name still carries value and ship him to an owner who is trying to buy low, then you should absolutely do it. But chances are, anyone who is still paying attention at this point in the year knows not to touch him with a 20-foot pole.
As such, you're probably left with two options at this point: hold tight or cut bait.
If you have the room on your bench, then you shouldn't drop him just yet. I understand how frustrating he has been, and he really hasn't shown anything that suggests he's going to get better, but this is a talented dude in a good offense—it's unlikely you're going to find anyone on the waiver wire who has as much potential.
For the last spot on your bench, there are worse players to own than Richardson.
That being said, if he is anything but the last spot on your bench, or if you're in a pinch and need to free up a roster spot, don't hesitate to let go of him. He hasn't received 10 or more carries in three straight weeks, hasn't averaged more than 3.0 YPC in a game since October 14 and Brown has officially cut deep into his workload.
This is how bad it has gotten, via Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke:
The humanity. Richardson is still young, and there's a good chance he utilizes his immense talent at some point.
But with each subsequent week, it looks less likely that will happen in 2013.