With the starting running back position up for grabs in St. Louis this year, coaches have been looking long and hard at Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. But all the signs seem to be pointing towards Richardson becoming the starter for the Rams. Even head coach Jeff Fisher seemed to tip his hand earlier in the week when he said that he sees Richardson ultimately becoming the lead guy.
With the job now within his grasp, what does this mean for Richardson’s fantasy potential? Last season, backing up Steven Jackson, Richardson ran for 475 yards on 98 carries (4.8 YPC) and had 24 receptions for 163 yards.
With an increased workload and the possibility of becoming a three down back, it’s easy to jump on the Daryl Richardson bandwagon and get carried away with his upside.
However, this news should be taken with a grain of salt. While Richardson may be listed as the “starter,” Jeff Fisher also spoke about the Rams’ opportunity to “play two or three backs all the time.” It’s also hard to believe the Rams will completely abandon second year back, Isaiah Pead, who was taken 5 rounds earlier than Richardson in the 2012 NFL draft.
Richardson is currently coming off the boards as the 39th ranked running back, taken at an average draft position of 109 – somewhere in round 10.
While his stock should go up as more people continue to draft, I think this is a fair price to pay for Richardson. With Isaiah Pead still in the mix, Daryl Richardson is nothing more than a flier at the running back position. Richardson shouldn’t be relied on as one of your starting running backs just yet, but he provides a strong upside and value at a position in fantasy drafts filled with unknowns.