WR Paul Richardson - Seattle Seahawks
|6-0, 175||Born: 4-13-1992||College: Colorado||Drafted: Round 2|
Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Great matchup. Russell Wilson continued his hot streak last week against the Falcons, passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns--his fifth game in a row with multiple passing touchdowns. Wilson's biggest contribution, however, came on the ground as he obliterated the Falcons defense with his rushing ability. Jimmy Graham continues to impress as he matched his season high receptions mark with seven while scoring yet another touchdown. After starting with no touchdowns in his first four games, Graham now has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last six outings, leading all tight ends with seven touchdowns this season as he ranks as the top fantasy scoring tight end across the last seven weeks. Graham now gets the pleasure of facing a 49ers defense that has allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends in each of their last four games. Doug Baldwin had a very quiet night last Monday as he struggled against the coverage of Desmond Trufant. Baldwin was targeted six times but finished with just two receptions for 40 yards. He did score a big touchdown late in the game, marking Baldwin's third touchdown in the last five games. His target share has gone down in recent weeks as he has just six targets in each of his last two games compared to double-digit target numbers in each of his previous three outings, but he still leads the Seahawks on the season with 85 targets. The 49ers continue to struggle against passing offenses, ranking tenth in passing yards allowed per game (246) while allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks despite the run-heavy game script that most teams have employed against them. They lack talent at both cornerback and safety to present a true matchup challenge for any opposing wide receiver. Sterling Shepard went off with 11 receptions for 142 yards against them in Week 10 as he routinely burned this secondary on big plays. Doug Baldwin draws a great matchup out of the slot against Leon Hall, while Paul Richardson should have a solid chance at making his big plays against these safeties. Jimmy Graham also has a prime matchup here as previously mentioned.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Richardson had a slow but steady day, finishing with a respectable line. All he did was catch everything that was catchable. Most impressive was a first down catch at the sideline, and he expertly dragged his toe to stay in bounds, while catching a seemingly wild throw from Wilson, who at that point was scrambling madly.
2017 Week 10 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 43 / 0 rec)
Richardson was questionable heading into the match. Though he was pronounced active before the game, for much of it, one had to wonder if he was on the field at all. Despite being on the field for thirty snaps, he only saw two targets. On the first, he had excellent position on a slant pattern but the defender got a hand in the way to knock the ball out. The good news is that he made the most of his one catch, a timely big play of 43 yards just before the half. And on the catch, he blew by the defenders with an awesome show of speed, so the groin injury did not appear to be slowing him down. Richardson is a bit of an enigma; clearly capable of bigger games, but in the Seahawks "WRBC", he is merely a small part of a well-oiled machine.
2017 Week 9 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
After his huge 2-TD game last week, Richardson's game simmered this week. To be fair, the whole offense was out of whack for most of this one, but it's telling that Baldwin and Lockett had 20 targets between them, while Richardson saw only 3. The good news is that he caught all three, and did an excellent job in the 4th quarter, evading a couple of defenders, which turned a short pattern into a first down.
2017 Week 8 vs HOU (7 / 6 / 105 / 2 rec)
The biggest takeaway from Richardson's standout stat line is this: He clearly has an excellent rapport with QB Russell Wilson. His two TD catches were on extended patterns that had him crossing the whole field - while Wilson scrambled for his life. And if 2 scores was not enough, Richardson almost scored on two separate plays in the 4th quarter. First, near the goal line but broken up by the defender, and then, he did catch an apparent TD, but it was called back.
2017 Week 7 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 61 / 1 rec)
Richardson made a spectacular leaping catch in the end zone, which then ended up in the DB's hands as they went down. Ultimately, after much replay hullaballoo, it was ruled that Richardson hung on for the catch -- and the score. He now has three TDs in his six games and seems to be entrenched in the 2nd WR slot, while Tyler Lockett works out of the slot. Unfortunately, in this role, he has not turned in a game with more than 65 yards, and has surpassed three receptions only once. Volume is not his game, but he is a big play menace, and continues to be worth a what-the-heck play just about every week.
2017 Week 5 vs LAR (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Richardson was largely ineffective against the Rams. He can usually be counted on for a big play or two, but never really had that opportunity in this game. His first two targets weren't really catchable, and after that he made a few pedestrian catches - i.e.: the kind any NFL receiver should make - but the opportunity was simply not there for much more.
2017 Week 4 vs IND (3 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Richardson is really earning his stripes as the 2nd WR. While the volume isn't there, and perhaps won't be unless injuries strike, he has clearly got the attention of his QB and the coaches. Richardson had success deep and shallow in this one. He will continue to be more valuable in reality than in fantasy, however, since the Seahawks have four excellent receivers to distribute to.
2017 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 2 / 30 / 1 rec)
Richardson had a few close misses on what would have been big plays. An inch here or there and he has a very big game. As it was, he made only two catches but both were difference makers. The first was a 22 yard sideline pass that he reeled in despite heavy coverage; the second, a short slant for a TD. Richardson is turning into quite the big play weapon. Among his near misses were a deep ball that would have been down close to the goal line, and an acrobatic leaping (near) catch in the end zone.
2017 Week 2 vs SF (5 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Richardson had no chance on first target. Later, Wilson threw a long pass which Richardson caught effortlessly-- but, out of bounds. He made a Good leap in the end zone to beat the defender to the ball as a scrambling Wilson tossed it his way for the score. Richardson is showing that he belongs as a starter, but unfortunately so does Tyler Lockett, which may be good in the long run for Richardson and the Seahawks, but for now, it is limiting his own touches.
2017 Week 1 vs GB (7 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Richardson looked good with his chances. Given the poor state of the O-line, he had to make a few quick turnaround catches, something that he did quite well. Wilson targeted Richardson near the goal line on one play, but the pass was off target. Of note is that Richardson played significantly more snaps than Tyler Lockett. If he retains that role, he should have some fantasy value on most weeks.
Latest NewsSeahawks | Paul Richardson draws season high in targets (Tue Nov 21, 02:05 AM) - Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson finished with five catches on eight targets for 56 yards in the team's Week 11 loss Monday, Nov. 20, versus the Atlanta Falcons. link to story
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