NFL fantasy football: No plans to sit Trent Richardson

Richardson won’t rest: Ineffectiveness landed Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson on the bench for much of the team’s Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. But it’s an injury to the rookie’s ribs that has coach Pat Shurmur rejecting questions that the team could rest the running back in upcoming weeks. fter putting together a string of quality performances, Richardson has scored just 7.30 fantasy points in the past two weeks combined. Cleveland’s Week 8 matchup with the Chargers isn’t particularly encouraging, but a Week 9 date with the Ravens could be what he needs to get back on track — provided his ribs cooperate. Until more positive news emerges, fantasy owners should be cautious about starting Richardson this week.

Burleson done for season: Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is finished for the year after breaking his leg during the third quarter of the team’s loss to the Chicago Bears Monday night. That reshuffles Detroit’s wide receiver deck, putting Titus Young as the team’s No. 2 receiver and moving rookie Ryan Broyles up to the No. 3 spot. With teams paying so much attention to Calvin Johnson, pursuing one of his receiving compadres off the waiver wire isn’t a bad idea. Just temper your expectations early — the Lions meet the stingy Seattle Seahawks secondary in Week 8.

Tanner could see more work: With DeMarco Murray already battling a foot injury and Felix Jones suffering a bruised knee in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers, there’s a chance Phillip Tanner could see more touches in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. With a handful of big RB names on bye this week, the temptation to snag Tanner off the waiver wire might be tempting, but his matchup against a team that is above-average at slowing fantasy running backs should throw some cold water on that idea. Shop around a little bit to see what other choices are available.

— Marcas Grant
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