Monday, August 26, 2013

How Good Can Daryl Richardson Be?

How Good Can Daryl Richardson Be?

Despite minimal playing time in 2012, running back Daryl Richardson proved to the St. Louis Rams management that he was a future featured back in the NFL. The team was so confident they found their future running back that they let Steven Jackson change teams and open up the starting role. With expectations rising in St. Louis, is Richardson ready for the challenge? More importantly, should fantasy football owners be high or low on the former Abilene star?

Last season, Richardson’s 638 rushing yards do not really seem all that impressive. Sure, he did that damage in limited action, with most of it coming in two games, but he is still looking for his first professional touchdown. That is a bit troubling, but head coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t seem to care. He has already named him a starter, which shoots him up the fantasy football rankings right away.

Richardson’s biggest strength is his ability to get outside in a hurry, creating offense and giving him a big-play potential. Isaiah Pead, Zac Stacy and Terrance Ganaway could all steal some touches from him, but the Rams seem to be focused on building a young, solid foundation. Richardson fits that mold, so he will get his shot to succeed.

Right now, he is usually going somewhere in the 30-35 range overall for running backs in fantasy football drafts. Waiting that long to grab him is risky, but it could end up paying off. He has the potential to get enough touches to be close to the top 20, especially if he gets off to a hot start. People might not know much about him at the moment, but Richardson is coming up strong as a sleeper.

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