Marshawn Lynch, RB Seattle Seahawks

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Making sense of Seattle's potential Fred Jackson signing

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 2:44pm

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The Seahawks currently have Robert Turbin and Christine Michael backing up Marshawn Lynch, but neither guy has taken a firm grasp of the backup role this preseason. Turbin's carried the ball 16 times for 36 yards (2.3 YPC) and has failed to manage a run longer than 8 yards. Michael is averaging 3.3 YPC on 24 attempts, and 29 of his 79 yards came on one play. On the other 23 runs, he's averaged just 2.2 YPC.

Clearly, the Seahawks feel like they need an option to complement Lynch, and that's where Fred Jackson's skill set makes some sense. The veteran's best days are behind him, but he is dependable in pass protection and comfortable as a receiving option. He had a career high 66 catches last year for 501 yards.

As for the players on the roster, Jackson signing would potentially impact Michael and/or Turbin. Michael, a second-round pick in 2013, is signed through 2016 on his rookie deal but has not been the consistent complement the coaches seem to be looking for. Turbin, a fourth-round pick in 2012, is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson played 58.2 percent of Buffalo's offensive snaps last season. And the majority of those snaps (68.2 percent) were passing plays, the story said. He showed good hands with just two drops on 82 targets. Lynch played 737 snaps last year, sixth-most among running backs. It seems that Jackson could be used to spell him on obvious passing downs and be a legit threat out of the backfield. Should the Seahawks sign Jackson, they could look to part ways with either Michael or Turbin. It's also possible that they'd keep all three guys in addition to Lynch and go with four running backs along with a fullback.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
After plenty of offseason speculation, The Beast is back in Seattle. After four consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 280 carries, Lynch expects to be the workhorse again for the Seahawks. There was talk last year that they would try to take some of the burden off him in order to keep him fresh for the postseason, but that never really happened. Touchdowns are another factor as Lynch has had double-digits the past four years, including 17 last season (four of those receiving).

Fantasy Downside
With the way he runs, it is a bit surprising Lynch has stayed healthy. And with running backs having a such short window in the NFL, how much longer can he perform at this level? The biggest issue as far as production may be something Lynch can't control. The offensive line lost two mainstays (James Carpenter and Max Unger) so there are some questioning if the Seahawks can run the ball like they have in the past.

Bottom Line
Lynch is still a top 5 fantasy back no matter what way you look at it. We have him ranked as third overall and he has an ADP of six, which shows you some people think he is going to start tailing off. We're not buying it. He should be drafted early, because there is really no evidence that he is slowing down at this point in his career.

2015 Strength of Schedule - SEA
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
5
@STL
17
@GB
23
CHI
11
DET
29
@CIN
14
CAR
15
@SF
20
@DAL
BYE1
ARI
15
SF
10
PIT
27
@MIN
12
@BAL
24
CLE
5
STL
1
@ARI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1GB20110205.501140114.0045/7064%
2SD636006.00427146.7524/4060%
3DEN2688103.383401513.3357/7873%
4BYE------------
5WAS1772004.24545169.0044/6766%
6DAL1061006.1011021.0034/4969%
7STL1853002.94218029.0053/7175%
8CAR1462004.4312042.0040/6166%
9OAK2167203.195760515.2058/8172%
10NYG21140406.671230123.0043/6467%
11KC24124005.1711031.0054/7374%
12ARI1539002.603430414.3342/5872%
13SF20104005.2017017.0045/6569%
14PHI2386013.74527155.4059/8669%
15SF2191104.3317027.0048/6574%
16ARI101132011.300000-24/6736%
17STL1460114.293360312.0034/6255%
Totals28013061324.66373674489.92704/105767%

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