Ahmad Bradshaw out for Week 5, overall fantasy value slipping

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss Week 4. We break down the fantasy implications.

Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will not play in Week 4, according to Kevin Bowen of the Colts' website. Bradshaw is dealing with a neck injury, and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

It's disappointing news for Bradshaw, who rushed for a season-high 95 yards against the San Francisco 49ers -- a team that's always hard to rush against. This also has implications in the running back depth chart hierarchy as the team recently traded a first-round pick for Trent Richardson.

Bradshaw was always supposed to give way to Richardson, but after his performance in Week 3, it was thought that he could remain in a position to take enough carries from the newcomer to get a decent load. Now Richardson will likely be the feature back on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Richardson has a big game, Bradshaw could easily have a diminished role when he returns to the lineup.

Fantasy Impact: Bradshaw's fantasy value has been a roller coaster thus far. When he was brought in, he was to split carries with Vick Ballard and the value wasn't very high. Then Bradshaw started to look good and Ballard got hurt so he seemed like a solid option to pick up.

When the team traded for Richardson, Bradshaw's status was in question again. If there aren't better options out there, you probably shouldn't release him ... but he should obviously be on your bench this week. Richardson should provide a good measuring stick for his fantasy value this week.

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