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NEWS: Trent Richardson needs to answer the bell?

According to ESPN, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had this to say on RB Trent Richardson: “Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability. We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.4] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”

SMITTY: Honestly, there is a lot of truth to the fact that many backs would have done poorly given Trent Richardson’s situation (new environment, lots of stacked boxes, watching his backup come in and see different defensive fronts). That said, Richardson might be battling a head game at this point, and if that remains the case heading into Weeks 1 and 2, he could be in trouble. If he can shake last year’s disappointments, and this year’s fear of repeating all that, I have faith he can run hard and run well. It’s honestly 50/50 that T-Rich shakes this head game – It will be good to analyze him once or twice more prior to Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Vick Ballard suffers torn Achilles; Trent Richardson to be the bell cow?

According to reports, Colts RB Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles and is done for the 2014 NFL season.

SMITTY: Not that Vick Ballard was a huge threat to Trent Richardson, but there is one less player to worry about should the Colts have T-Rich on a short leash in 2014. Ahmad Bradshaw averaged 4.5 YPC and scored 2TDs in his three-played games in 2014, so he is the threat to Richardson should he look anything like he did last season. Honestly, though, I am liking T-Rich entering August drafts, as he holds a ridiculously-good 5th-round ADP, which has essentially all risk built right into the investment. He can still be a top 10 fantasy running back. He can bust as well, sure, but he can still be an elite talent, don’t write him off yet. Check out where we have Trent Richardson ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Trent Richardson expected to have a great season?

According to usatoday.com, Colts coach Chuck Pagano predicts that Trent Richardson will have a “great” season in 2014.

SMITTY: This is a tough one, honestly, it is. I was sold on Trent Richardson last year, and he just didn’t deliver. In his defense, changing teams during a season is never easy, and I watched tape on the runner and he had some strong runs if you dig deep enough. The talent is there, but it’s almost as if his struggles last year were mental and confidence-related. That’s the only part that has me hesitating on his 5th-round ADP. Now, that’s not a bad risk/reward in the 5th-round, as I truly believe T-Rich has the talent, I am just not sure if he has shaken whatever made him ineffective for most all of last season. Here is what you have to ask yourself if on the clock and looking at Richardson’s name tag… are the other available players still a better grab? Players often available at Richardson’s ADP are: Ben Tate, Chris Johnson, Michael Floyd, Jordan Cameron and Joique Bell… All the runners listed have similar risk levels and similar upsides, but I’d have to say a handcuffed Ben Tate seems like the better 5th-round buy heading into August!

NEWS: Donte Moncrief has freakish athleticism?

According to IndyStar.com, Colts WR Donte Moncief has “freakish athleticism” at 6-2, 221 pounds.

SMITTY: I love Donte Moncrief’s upside. He has size (6-2, 221 pounds) and speed (with a 40-time between 4.35-4.40). He could start out slow in terms of production, given he has a grip of decent receivers sitting in front of him, but none have his long-term ceiling. TY Hilton has nice upside for the now and the future, but he is more of high-end fantasy WR3 that can dance with WR2s on frequent occasions. That’s no knock on him, I’m a huge fan and supporter, and he is super-underrated right now (recent article). Moncrief just has that fantasy WR1-type ability, speed and size… while the team currently looks crowded at the position, Reggie Wayne is 35 (coming off knee surgery), Hakeem Nicks is a big talent, but he is on a one-year deal and he is super injury-prone. Da’Rick Rogers has some talent, no doubt, but his ceiling value doesn’t feel near Hilton’s, and it’s likely nowhere close to the value that Moncrief holds. Check out where we have all these Colts receivers ranked, as well as Andrew Luck (who is in for a breakout season) heading into 2014. Look for some Moncrief dynasty write-ups shortly.

NEWS: Toby Gerhart to be used on all three downs?

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the Jaguars like Toby Gerhart’s “ability to gain yards after contact and thrive on third down.”

SMITTY: Look, there are several reasons to like Toby Gerhart right now, but there are even more reasons to sell-high in dynasty formats. Don’t sell-low, I’m not predicting that Gerhart will for sure be a bust, but given that fantasy worlds seem to be settling into the idea that this guy holds steady RB2-type value, I say package Gerhart in a more complex deal and upgrade another runner into stud territory (or make a lateral move into a safer-type player, one that you’d be just fine with should Gerhart even go on to prove to be the real deal). And, as far as redraft leagues go, I’m not sure about you guys, but now that Gerhart is pulling in ADP data around names like Andre Johnson, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson, and even Cordarrelle Patterson, I’m staying clear of the Jaguars’ rusher (at those prices at least)… I even love me some Joique Bell over Gerhart heading into yearly-league drafts! If you roll with Gerhart in any format, though, Jordan Todman is a must-own handcuff! Our Draft Analyzer, which will certainly help you maneuver through such dilemmas, will be 2014-ready soon!

Source: Florida Times-Union