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Is Colts QB Anthony Richardson overrated in fantasy football?

Is Colts QB Anthony Richardson overrated in fantasy football?

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson could be a potential breakout candidate in fantasy football in 2024, but one analyst is putting the brakes on.

“I didn’t draft (Anthony Richardson) at all,” ESPN’s Mike Clay said Tuesday on “Fantasy Focus Football.” “Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals quarterback) was drafted 60th or earlier in our drafts. Anthony Richardson was drafted 54th last time. As much as I think his potential is good, I just think there are too many good quarterbacks.”

Surprisingly, ESPN Fantasy ranks Richardson as its fourth-best QB, ahead of reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and 2023 passing touchdowns leader Dak Prescott. The site is banking on the 22-year-old’s potential.

Richardson played just four games in 2023 before suffering a season-ending right shoulder injury, but the fourth pick in the 2023 NFL Draft had seven touchdowns (three passing and four rushing) and scored 73 fantasy points (via Pro-Football-Reference).

Although he missed the final day of the Colts’ offseason program due to right shoulder soreness, it doesn’t seem to be a major cause for concern.

Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard recently said on the “GM Shuffle” podcast that Richardson should be “fully ready” for training camp on July 25.

Richardson needs to improve his accuracy. Last season, he completed 59.5% of his passes, which is below the league average (64.5%).

“Part of that is because he drives the ball forward and takes risks,” Yahoo Sports’ Nate Tice said Tuesday on “The Jim Rome Show” of Richardson’s accuracy issues. “But I think there are some spots he can still work on a little bit and I think it will improve with more reps.”

It appears that Richardson is a hit or miss candidate. Fantasy players should consider drafting another viable starting quarterback as a replacement and think twice about passing up more proven signal-callers.