Anthony Richardson

Anthony Richardson

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College: Florida
Indianapolis Colts

2023 Season Outlooks

Richardson immediately enters the NFL as one of the most intriguing high-upside, if-you're-not-first-you're-last kind of draft picks. The same people who targeted Trey Lance in the back-end QB1 range with hopes of a breakout will be targeting Richardson in a similar range. Richardson joins a Colts offense that swapped out Parris Campbell for some combination of rookie Josh Downs and Isaiah McKenzie, and with both Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce returning as big-bodied vertical threats -- the profile that fits Richardson's skill set best -- we could see him live up to his hype in Year 1 if the offensive line has a bounceback season. If you draft him as your QB1, pairing him with a higher floor QB like Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins or Dak Prescott makes a lot of sense. In rookie-only drafts, Richardson should be a top-five pick in one-QB formats and the No. 2 overall pick in two-QB or Superflex formats.

The biggest question facing Richardson is when he’ll take over. Historically, that usually comes in the first half of Year 1. We’ll be watching all summer for Richardson’s timeline, but he split first-team reps with Gardner Minshew right away.

Richardson is already being drafted at the bottom of QB1 range. That could be problematic if he goes half the season without starting. But his combo of rushing and deep passing will make him worth considering across formats – even with the risk.

There could be a Cam Newton ceiling here.

What We Learned Last YearRichardson is a freakish athlete, and that manifested in his 2022 rushing production. Only three FBS QBs averaged more yards per tote last season, among 52 with at least 50 rushing attempts.Richardson ran even more efficiently in 2021, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt compared with last year’s 7.4 (excluding yards lost on sacks).He followed that up with unfair numbers at the Scouting Combine:98th percentile 40 time among QBs99th percentile vertical and broad jumpAll at 96th percentile weightRichardson completed just 53.8% of his passes in his lone starting campaign at Florida.Among 128 FBS QBs with 200+ dropbacks, Richardson ranked 121st in that category. He also ranked:120th in adjusted completion rate96th in passer ratingT-65th in Pro Football Focus passing gradeHe fared much better as a deep passer. Among 148 QBs with 20+ deep attempts (20+ yards downfield), Richardson ranked:25th in total deep attempts20th in deep-passing grade16th in deep-passing yards
What to Expect in 2023We know Richardson is big and can run. That will be key to his fantasy outlook whenever he gets onto the field.There have been seven rookie-QB seasons in NFL history that would have ranked among last year’s top 12 in fantasy points per game at the position. All of those included at least 15.6 rushing yards per game (265 yards over a 17-game season).The median for that group has been 34.0 rushing yards per game.All seven have also included at least 213.3 passing yards per game, with a median of 234.8 yards per game and 7.8 yards per pass.Richardson clearly has more to prove on the passing front than rushing. But he figures to deliver rushing production well above the median. That would allow for more fantasy production on a lower passing floor.And that deep-passing upside will help. WR Alec Pierce matches up well, with his 11.7-yard rookie-year aDOT. WR Michael Pittman saw his aDOT fall to 6.9 last year but checked in at 9.8 in 2021. And he posted a 12.8 career aDOT in college. TE Jelani Woods also sports downfield ability. He posted an 88th-percentile 40 time among TEs at the Scouting Combine – at 6’7.

Richardson was selected with the No. 4 pick of April's draft. The Florida product is a big (6'4", 244 lbs.) and strong dual-threat QB who absolutely dominated at the combine, pacing this rookie QB class in the 40-yard dash (4.43), vertical (record-setting 40.5") and broad jump (129"). Richardson will make plays with his legs (145-1,221-12 rushing line at Florida, including a class-best 8.4 YPC) and via downfield throws (class-high 10.3 aDOT) but has major accuracy concerns (class-worst 55% completion rate, 3.8% INT rate and 15.5% off-target rate) and is raw (13 career starts). Richardson has massive upside and his legs may be enough to immediately get him on the fantasy QB1 radar even if he struggles as a passer. Consider him with a late-round pick on draft day.

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2023 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Pass Yds Pass TD Pass Int Rush Yds Rush TD
3115.8 17.3 13.5 798.7 6.0

2023 Average Draft Position (ADP)



Pick 10.04



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Pick 10.08



Pick 5.06

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