Trent Richardson traded to Indianapolis Colts - Reaction, analysis, fantasy impact

Trent Richardson

A major trade between the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts is being reported.

The biggest NFL trade since the season began is being reported.

ESPN and NFL.com correspondent Adam Schefter was first to break the news that Trent Richardson, a top 10 draft pick in 2012 by the Cleveland Browns, is being traded to Indianapolis.

In return Cleveland will receive a first round draft pick, giving them two early selections in 2014 of the best players through the college ranks, although given their 0-2 start to the season and previous poor form it is likely they will end up already with a top 10 pick.

Firstly. Wow. It's a seriously big trade.

In the short-term it will mean Cleveland effectively writing off the season, even though they will not admit it.

Richardson has had a poor start to the season under a new offensive co-ordinator in Cleveland, but they are well placed to secure another top rookie running back in his place in 2014 as well as, hopefully - a franchise quarterback.

It certainly puts current QB Brandon Weeden on notice, but he would have known this second season would be his last chance, and just one touchdown in his opening two games does not bode well.

For the Colts it is a great deal. They already have a future quarterback legend in Andrew Luck, tipped by many to end the season as a top five QB in passing yards. Now they have a standout running back too.

The Colts are 1-1 for the season, but have suffered from a disappointing running game over the past two years with off-season free agent acquisition Ahmad Bradshaw failing to ignite early.

Rather than gamble in next year's draft, they have acted intelligently to secure Richardson now - a top 10 pick in many a fantasy league, and a player tipped to break 1,000 rushing yards on a season-to-season basis.

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FANTASY IMPACT:

Richardson had been a major disappointment for those who drafted him early, failing to score a single touchdown in his opening two games in an ailing offense.

This move makes him relevant again, giving him focus - in a team who are genuine play-off contenders. It also boosts Andrew Luck's value, with opposing defenses having to pay closer attention to the Colts' run game, potentially allowing Luck even more freedom to find favoured wide receivers TY Hilton and veteran Reggie Wayne.

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