Richard is technically a running back but he is primarily used as a pass-catcher. He had 68 receptions for 607 receiving yards compared to only 55 rushing attempts for 259 yards. He had more receptions than wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Seth Roberts. In fact, his 68 receptions tied Jared Cook for the most on the team.
Richard had 68 receptions and 55 rushing attempts but it is reasonable to project a decrease in total opportunity. The Raiders selected Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall pick and they expect to use him heavily in his rookie season. Jacobs showcased his three-down skillset at Alabama, which will take away from Richard’s role in the passing game. Richard tied Jared Cook for the most receptions on the team but he only scored one touchdown. He will continue to have difficulty scoring touchdowns because he will be battling with Doug Martin for the second spot on the depth chart.
2019 Bottom Line
He had some value in PPR leagues but that value has vanished with the addition of Josh Jacobs. Richard will likely go undrafted in traditional season-long leagues with 15-16 rounds. If Jacobs experiences bad injury luck, Richard should be available on the waiver wire.