Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
|RB - #9||28.31||SEA||Active||8 years||28||5'11||215||@MoneyLynch|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-14-2014 by Brad Kruse
KINDA BEASTMODE: Lynch is a volume runner who became more involved in the passing game last year. Excluding the postseason, he ran the ball 901 times over the last three years. Not many backs are asked to carry that kind of load. That's about 19 carries per game. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 11.7 TDs per season over that same span. With Lynch, fantasy owners are selecting a very solid running back who is likely to carry a majority of the touches once again. In OTAs, we've heard rumors of Seattle going toward more of a committee approach to get Christine Michael more involved. Over the last three years, there was an average of 119 carries given to other backs. Michael can handle the bulk of those to prove he's ready to elevate himself as a starter in 2015. Lynch is not likely to fall back too far in carries though as long as health never becomes an issue. His floor seems pretty solid. There are some downsides to Lynch; His age (younger and more athletic backs around his average draft position) and a long history of backs who wore down around this stage of their career or had to find new creative ways to stay productive. Lynch isn't at the end of his career, not yet anyway; however, the end is much closer than his beginning. The former Cal back is a safe, but low-end RB1 this year. Due to his below-average pass-receiving totals, some may prefer to grab a big-time WR1 in the second-half of the first round of redraft leagues in both standard and PPR.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider told the Seattle Times that the organization's philosophy with respect to Lynch's holdout is "next man up." Schneider said part of managing a team is making "tough decisions." "We've had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can't veer from that plan for one person because [football] is the ultimate team sport," Schneider said. Lynch's holdout is now in its seventh day. Yesterday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Lynch is accruing fines at a rate of $30,000 per day.Fantasy Analysis:
This hard-line posturing from Seahawks management is to be expected, as their struggle with Lynch's representation continues. It certainly appears that the team has more leverage in this situation, with Lynch's fines starting to stack up and Seahawks RB Christine Michael and Seahawks RB Robert Turbin performing well at camp. Lynch turned 28 this offseason, and showed some signs of slowing down toward the end of the 2013 season. Lynch is currently being taken as the 28th pick on average in fantasy drafts, but that number stands to drop precipitously if this holdout continues into the preseason.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/30 - GM on Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch holdout: 'Next man up'
7/29 - Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch accruing fines
7/27 - Seahawks RB Christine Michael leaves practice with shoulder injury
7/26 - ESPN's John Clayton predicts Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will report next week
7/24 - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to hold out on training camp
7/20 - Seahawks RB Christine Michael set to have bigger role after impressive spring
7/16 - Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to see reduced workload
7/16 - 'Word out of San Francisco' is 49ers RB Frank Gore will see 50 fewer carries this season
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July 14, 2014
|2.07||Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz - I was surprised by the comments after my selection of Marshawn Lynch. Apparently Dr.Roto was speaking about him earlier in the day and made a strong case that Lynch could be a potential bust in 2014. I don?t see it; Beastmode should have another strong season, especially since he?s gaining traction as an RB that can catch passes out of the backfield from time to time. Last season Lynch had 36 receptions for 316 yards and 2 scores. Add that to his huge 1200+ yards and 12TD?s on the ground and he?s a nice add as my RB1. Just in case you do think Lynch?s going to crumble into a million rainbow colored skittle pieces, check out my later picks.|
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