Daryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson

Week Three Analysis:
Daryl Richardson flashed big-play ability as a rookie, but through two games as the Rams' starter, his longest carry has gone for 10 yards. Worse, 14 of his 30 attempts have gone for two yards or less. He's caught five passes in each game, which has saved him in PPR leagues, and that's probably going to be the case again in Dallas. The Cowboys are giving up just 3.5 yards per carry, but last week Jamaal Charles caught eight balls for 48 yards and a score, and Da'Rel Scott caught five-for-51 in the opener. Richardson's a fine No. 2 back in PPR leagues, but more of a Flex option in standard leagues.

Week Two Analysis:

Daryl Richardson made his first NFL start Sunday against Arizona, and the electric scat back turned in an uncharacteristically workman-like 96 combo yards on 25 touches. Although in fairness, he had a couple long gains called back on penalty. It's worth noting that he missed practice Wednesday, but it appears that St. Louis is just being extra cautious with a seemingly minor foot ailment. Richardson is fully expected to be fine for a matchup with a beatable Atlanta run defense that just gave up over 100 receiving yards to Saints backs. Don't get used to 25 touches out of the 195-pound Richardson, but his efficiency should certainly improve going forward.

Week One Analysis:

What was supposed to be a three-man committee quickly became a runaway victory for Daryl Richardson this offseason. And it's no surprise; the undersized speedster made a habit of running away from the competition as a seventh-round rookie last season. He gained at least 18 yards on nine of his 122 touches last year, which, for reference, put him very near the C.J. Spiller percentile. Arizona was a mediocre run defense last season, and they'll be without suspended Pro Bowl inside linebacker Daryl Washington. Look for the Rams to spread the Cardinals out, and Richardson to gain yardage in chunks.

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Throughout the preseason Daryl Richardson will battle Isaiah Pead and rookie Zac Stacy for the starting job in St. Louis. Last season the 195-pound, seventh-round speedster leapfrogged second-rounder Pead to average 4.8 yards per carry as Steven Jackson's primary backup. And, that's a lot of why I think he'll win the job. It doesn't hurt that Pead has yielded the opening day starter's job due to his week one suspension. Richardson has some enticing explosiveness, and the Rams offensive line is improved ,which should give Richardson a chance to keep and hold the starter's job.

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