Aug 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs with the ball against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: Indianapolis Colts RB Rundown

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The Colts traded away their first round draft pick to the Browns last season to try and fortify their backfield in an attempt to balance their offense. Unfortunately for T-Rich’s fantasy owners who were excited by the move, Richardson never found a groove with the Colts and finished the season with just 563 yards rushing on 188 rushing attempts on the season while only finding the end zone four times after 12 trips to paydirt in his rookie season.

Richardson hasn’t shown any signs this preseason of bouncing back, but what other options do the Colts have in the backfield.  With the departure of Donald Brown this offseason, there isn’t a lot of depth at RB for the Colts.

There could be value in the Indy backfield, but pinpointing who would get the carries in place of Richardson is a tricky proposition after Vick Ballard was sidelined for the season with an Achilles’ injury.  Here is my take on the Colts possibilities in the backfield as we continue our RB Rundowns.  The rankings included are from my top 80 RB which came out last week and which will be updated later this week.

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Trent Richardson

RB, Indianapolis Colts

The only thing Richardson has going for him is that the Colts have invested so much in him and don’t have many other options. He showed some serious fantasy upside in his rookie season and even went in the first round of some drafts last season.  The potential is there, but the delivery has been lacking since he joined the Colts and this preseason he has continued to struggle.  He’s going way to high in many drafts, but there could be value if you can get him as a high-upside backup.  Richardson isn’t someone you want your fantasy season to rely on.
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Ahmad Bradshaw

RB, Indianapolis Colts

Bradshaw has ben practicing all preseason but has not played in and of the team’s preseason games and may not take the field until week 1. He missed all of last season with neck surgery and has a history of foot issues and other injuries as well. Bradshaw is the best option the Colts have besides Richardson now that Ballard is out for the year.  There is actually a chance that the Colts will be forced to make another trade to pick up an RB option, but Bradshaw will get a shot first.  He isn’t worth owning in most formats until he proves he’s healthy and going to have a role in the offense.
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Dan Herron

RB, Indianapolis Colts

Herron could get a shot this year with Richardson’s struggles and Bradshaw’s injuries. He was on the Bengals’ practice squad last season before the Colts signed him, but he only had five carries for 33 yards in his six games last season.  Herron hasn’t done much yet in the NFL, so see what he can do before taking up a roster spot with him to start the season.

This post is part of a series detailing the backfield situation for each NFL team from a fantasy football perspective. Check out my top 80 rankings and click here for the full series.

 

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