2013 Outlook: The only thing we don't love about Richardson's game is that there's so much of it. He does everything. He bangs, he breaks away, he catches it. He doesn't come off the field. T-Rich had 16 or more touches in 12 of his 15 games last season; unfortunately, that workload intensity led to injuries. Richardson had knee surgery in August, broke ribs in Week 6, and missed the season finale with an ankle problem. Considering he plays behind a decidedly non-elite line with a decidedly non-elite QB, the weight of Cleveland's offense rests on his broad shoulders. And T-Rich can hack it. After just one season, he's already one of the league's best pass-catching RBs and goal-line runners. Now he just needs to stay healthy.
2013 Outlook: Bradshaw is 27 and commands respect in NFL circles, but his feet have failed him. He's undergone three surgeries on his right foot, one on his left, and had surgeries on both ankles. The Giants decided they couldn't spend big money on a RB with such durability issues and released him, and now Bradshaw has landed in Indy. The Colts won't make him an every-down player, but Bradshaw is a great pass blocker, a fine receiver, and a good goal-line back. He'll platoon with Vick Ballard, but if he's able to stay healthy, he'd be the Indy runner you'd want.
2013 Outlook: As a fifth-round rookie, Ballard was supposed to be an afterthought to former first-round RB Donald Brown, but in '12 Brown lost the gig after six games and Ballard took over. He doesn't do anything extremely well, but he's a plugger who finds open air even when his blocking isn't the best. Players like Ballard either need massive workloads or anomalous TD totals to make a big fantasy dent, and given that the Colts signed Ahmad Bradshaw this summer, Ballard is looking at a platoon for '13. He's ownable because if Bradshaw gets hurt, Ballard would be an unquestioned No. 1 back. Until then, he's fantasy bench fodder.
2013 Outlook: Once the future of the Colts' backfield and a first-round draft pick, Brown flushed what should be his final chance at a starting job down the toilet in '12. He's an awful blocker and a disappointing pass catcher, so while Brown can occasionally show flashes of the power/speed combo that got Indy excited about him, his overall game just isn't first-string-worthy. With Ahmad Bradshaw in town, Brown has no path to playing time, and could be a roster casualty before Week 1. Even if he hangs around, it would take multiple injuries for him to be ownable.