Trent Richardson finds the end zone in first half, salvaging a bit of fantasy value

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The running back still hasn't gotten much in the way of rushing yards, but he found the end zone in the first half Sunday, his first score since September. We break down the fantasy implications.

Excepting injured players, there might have been no more disappointing fantasy player in 2013 than Indianapolis Colts (née Cleveland Browns) running back Trent Richardson. The running back finally got back on the good side of the ledger a bit in the first half of Sunday's game, finding the end zone for the first time in two-and-a-half months. The Colts lead the Houston Texans 20-3 at halftime of the game.

Through the first half, Richardson has only five rushing yards on eight carries. He does have 33 receiving yards on three catches, including a 9-yard touchdown connection with 7:09 left in the second quarter. The running back entered Sunday with only 677 yards from scrimmage and two scores on the season.

Fantasy impact: You want to know how bad it's been for Richardson? Here is how we at SB Nation Fantasy decided to cover him for halftime:


And, of course, the jokes came fast on Twitter:

It's nice that he was able to get back into the end zone, but it's a lost season for Richardson at this point. Even on a team going to the playoffs, and with fellow running back Donald Brown suffering a stinger in Sunday's game and questionable to return, it's hard to imagine anyone trusting Richardson if they didn't absolutely have to.

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