2012 Recap: Richardson came into the 2012 season with the stigma that he was the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. He showed flashes of what he could be: a compact runner with good feet and the ability to move laterally. Richardson also showed the ability to be a good pass catcher and although he may not have the top end speed of AP, he can take it to the house. His injuries piled up and kept him from excelling as he only averaged just 3.6 YPG, but he was a real force around the goal line and in the red zone, scoring 6 TDs in a four-week stretch from Weeks 12-15. In 15 games, Richardson finished with 267 carries for 950 yards and 11 TDs to finish 8thamong RBs, with 13.6 FPG. He was also great in the Brown passing game, with 51 catches for 367 yards and 1 TD.
What’s Changed: Norv Turner comes to town as the new OC and his proven track record with fantasy backs (Emmit Smith, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore, Stephen Davis, and LaDanian Tomlinson) has only been challenged by the under achieving Ryan Mathews. Turner is a goldmine when it comes to fantasy RBs and T-Rich is one of the most talented guys he will have ever worked with. The new offense will feature Richardson and the deep pass attack, so there should be plenty of fantasy goodness to go around. There isn’t anyone else on the roster that will take touches away from Richardson, so as long as he stays healthy, he will get fed the rock.
Outlook: Richardson could easily finish in the top 5 this season as long as he stays healthy. His rib issue last season lingered and he already is dealing with a shin issue that will sideline him until August. He has all the attributes to be a slam dunk fantasy pick this season, but his history of injuries has to be taken into consideration. I think he could fall into the second round, but he has first round potential.
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