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Paul Richardson Has Draft Pedigree and is Basically Free

Source: Paul Richardson could provide another boost to Seahawks WR corps

Richardson seems to get lost in the shuffle, but he’s worked diligently to return to 100% health. He’s posted numerous videos to his Instagram account (prich10) showing his offseason workouts with QB Russell Wilson. He looks quick, fast, strong, and ready. Fluid and field fast.If Richardson is indeed poised for a complete 16-game 2016 season, he provides a dangerous additional weapon for Wilson to compliment Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. Another explosive deep threat to open things up for Graham and the stable of versatile, young, pass-catching running backs (C.J. Prosise, Zac Brooks, Alex Collins) added to the mix last month.

Paul Richardson’s dynasty cost is hovering pretty close to zero, although I think that could make him a screaming bargain. Check out this list of comps from the Box Score Scout and peep which name is second on the list.

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Now consider that Richardson is only about five months older than Tyler Lockett. While Richardson has had a disappointing career due largely to injury, he makes for a great way to get a cheap option on the Seattle passing game.1 Recall that during Richardson’s rookie year the team had Doug Baldwin and also still had ambitions of getting Percy Harvin involved. When Harvin was with the team Richardson did almost nothing. But following Harvin’s departure Richardson picked up and had about average production for a second round pick rookie. Then he tore his ACL and went to IR.

I am not kidding when I say that Richardson is practically free. He’s not even in the top 300 draft picks in dynasty startups. For very little in the way of draft or trade capital you can get a former 45th overall pick who gets to play with an awesome QB, and is comparable to a teammate whose dynasty value is much higher. Richardson’s injuries do mean that he’s behind Lockett when it comes to usage, but I’ve written before about how flat Seattle’s target distribution has been with Russell Wilson at the helm. Here’s a list of target totals for SEA’s leading receiver while Wilson has been with the team: 82, 99, 98, 103.

In a 14 team league with 25 roster spots, I actually tried to offer a 2016 fourth round pick for Richardson a few weeks ago and got shot down. The other owner was last year’s champion.

If you go through the list of rookies taken in the 2016 draft you’ll find any number of guys who don’t have Richardson’s natural talent, and are in similarly bad usage situations. Just as an example, even though I like Mike Thomas of the Rams, he’s a sixth round pick going to a team with a defensive minded coach and about 18 other receivers on the roster. The Rams also exercised the fifth year option on Tavon Austin’s contract. But Thomas is a top 24 rookie pick! You should be able to get Paul Richardson for much cheaper than that. If Richardson does show some signs of life in 2016 then it’s possible, if not likely, that the team could let Doug Baldwin walk in free agency after the season.

In 2014 Shawn Siegele wrote an article that called Richardson a red flag rookie you should try to acquire.

  1. which, for volume related reasons might be a passing game that you only want to target when the price is really cheap  (back)

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