Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ryan Fowler  |  Last updated 9/18/13
I would have published this Trent Richardson fantasy football impact piece sooner, but it took a forklift to remove my jaw from the floor. As a native Clevelander, and fan of the franchise (did I just throw up in my mouth?), the hits just keep coming as 1964 (the last time Cleveland won a football title) and 1948 (the last time the Cleveland Indians won a World Series) continue to slap us in the face. OK, no more cheese. No more wine. Vent over. How does Trent Richardson traded to the Indianapolis Colts impact your fantasy football roster moving forward? Well, within an offense that boasts a better quarterback in Andrew Luck and better receivers in Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, I'd say Richardson's 2013 value receives a slight boost. He was already considered a Top 12 fantasy football player with the Browns during fantasy draft season. However, he was expected to be the main cog in the Browns' offense. Now, he becomes part of a much larger puzzle. Richardson should receive plenty of goal line touches considering Andrew Luck led the team in rushing touchdowns last season with five and Vick Ballard was recently placed on injured reserve (IR). The Colts haven't had a running back rush 250-or-more times since 2007 (Addai). That's about to change. A hobbled Ahmad Bradshaw didn't really get a chance to lead the rush attack after signing with the Colts in the offseason, but he's played this understudy role before with the New York Giants and Brandon Jacobs. Considering Richardson's health issues, Bradshaw could remain on rosters as a RB4/5 moving forward, but don't expect much production. Donald Brown is the fantasy football Big Gulp of the group. Welp, see ya later. In Cleveland, Jay Glazer reports Willis McGahee will be signed by the Browns if he passes his physical. He should be added in all formats off the waiver wire. McGahee finished with over 700 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards in 10 games last season with the Broncos. You could flex him out in deeper leagues against the Vikings, but nine times out of 10, you aren't plugging him into the lineup on three days practice. I'll be interested to see if Bobby Rainey gets any work this season as its evident at 0-2 that the franchise is "playing dead for Ted {Bridgewater}". Adam Meyer receives full credit for the line. Oh, Mr. Richardson! You get to face a ticked off 49ers rush defense this week in San Francisco. Best of luck. Brian Hoyer. God speed.
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