Daryl Richardson sits out preseason finale, is definitely the starter

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St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson sat out the preseason finale on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications.

St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson did not play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Richardson was named the starting running back prior to the game, but there was still a pecking order that needed to be established behind him. Still, it was unclear if his job was guaranteed throughout the course of the season or how the Rams viewed him.

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Him sitting out the preseason finale is a pretty good indicator that they plan on using him as their feature back and bell-cow of their offense. St. Louis runs a system that primarily relies on one running back, as they have with Steven Jackson for years before letting him walk this offseason.

Richardson had just 34 yards on nine carries in the preseason.

Fantasy Impact: Going from someone like Jackson to a player like Richardson can be jarring. And at the end of the day, Richardson might end up being a solid running back this season, and he might even be a strong fantasy play. Him missing the preseason finale is a good sign for fantasy owners, but he still isn't a smart option to depend on as anything other than a reserve, at least until he starts popping off multiple 100-yard games to start the season.

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