Marshawn Lynch Fantasy News

Raiders beat: RBBC with Marshawn Lynch suspended

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:34pm

Pual Gutierrez - [Full Article]

ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez believes DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will split the workload in Week 8, as opposed to one serving as the bellcow with Marshawn Lynch suspended for one week.

Fantasy Impact:

Our rankings reflect as much, with neither offering a high ceiling. Consider both a FLEX option in a week with six teams on a bye week. All signs point to a running back by committee for the Raiders.

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch suspended Week 8

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:07pm

Michael Signora on Twitter - [Full Article]

Appeals officer James Thrash, jointly appointed by NFL & NFLPA, has upheld the 1-game suspension of Marshawn Lynch.

Related players: Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington

Fantasy Impact:

This is shaping up to be a committee situation with Lynch out for Week 8. Washington had a TD last week, but for the game, both players had 9 carries. Richard also caught 4 balls for 45 yards to Washington's 3 receptions for 7 yards.

Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:52pm

Lions RB Dwayne Washington (quadricep, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. Jalen Richard will serve as Marshawn Lynch’s primary backup in Week 4.

Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:52pm

Raiders RB Jalen Richard (calf) took full practice reps again Friday. With DeAndre Washington out, Richard will serve as Marshawn Lynch’s primary backup in Week 4. Normally, he’d have some Sneaky Start potential in this role, but it’s a tough matchup against Denver.

Raiders, Seahawks agree to Marshawn Lynch trade

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:30pm

Jay Glazer - [Full Article]

Marshawn Lynch trade swap of 2018 picks, Seahawks get Oakland's 5th, Oakland gets Seattle's 6th. Part of thinking is while Raiders still in Oakland, bring in a very popular Oakland-area dude.

Fantasy Impact:

In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is very good, but Seattle’s offensive line seemed to block just fine for Thomas Rawls (5.65 YPC) and Christine Michael (4.92 YPC) while Lynch struggled mightily in 2015. The soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he is traded to the Raiders, but a return to RB1 production is not a slam dunk.

Schefter: Raiders sign Marshawn Lynch to a two-year deal

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 9:59am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Marshawn Lynch is getting a two-year deal from the Raiders, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

For real this time? There was a similar report from Mike Silver 12 days ago that was shot down by Lynch, but this report is from Schefter and it appears to be the real deal. In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is very good, but Seattle’s offensive line seemed to block just fine for Thomas Rawls (5.65 YPC) and Christine Michael (4.92 YPC) while Lynch struggled mightily in 2015. The soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he is traded to the Raiders, but a return to RB1 production is not a slam dunk.

Raiders have agreed to terms with RB Marshawn Lynch

Friday, April 14, 2017, 4:18pm

Mike Silver - [Full Article]

Marshawn Lynch has signed with the Raiders. Terms to come.

Update from @RapSheet: To follow up Mike Silver's reporting: Marshawn Lynch & Raiders haven't agreed to parameters. But optimism is there. Expected to happen.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders still need to agree to trade compensation with the Seahawks, but this looks like it's happening. In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is very good, but Seattle’s offensive line seemed to block just fine for Thomas Rawls (5.65 YPC) and Christine Michael (4.92 YPC) while Lynch struggled mightily in 2015. The soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he is traded to the Raiders, but a return to RB1 production is not a slam dunk.

Raiders getting closer to trading for RB Marshawn Lynch

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 12:13pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Seahawks & Raiders are expected to work out a trade for Marshawn Lynch to Oakland. It’s contingent on a reworked contract first.

Fantasy Impact:

In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is excellent, so the soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he does un-retire and find his way to the Raiders.

Report: RB Marshawn Lynch visits Oakland, deal could be near

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4:30pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Marshawn Lynch is from Oakland, frequently flew from Seattle to Oakland when he was a member of the Seahawks and has called Oakland his home since he retired just over a year ago. So, it wasn’t a long drive or bike ride for Lynch when he reportedly visited the Raiders on Wednesday.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed McAfee’s report. According to Rapoport, the Seahawks OK’d Lynch’s visit. Schefter added that a source told him, “it will happen.” Jack Del Rio just needs to sign off, per Rapoport:

"On Marshawn Lynch: My understanding is that meeting with Jack Del Rio is the final hurdle. If the #Raiders coach signs off, dominoes fall."

Fantasy Impact:

Lynch would still be under contract with the Seahawks, who have moved on to Eddie Lacy, if he comes out of retirement. So he would need the Seahawks to either release him or trade him to Oakland. A release appears to be the likelier of the two options, according to the story. Lynch, 30, would replace Latavius Murray as Oakland's lead back should the deal go through.

Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders looks like a real possibility

Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:27pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Two tidbits on Marshawn Lynch: 1. Source on un-retiring says it’s “realer than it’s ever been” … 2. It’s Raiders or bust.

Fantasy Impact:

In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is excellent, so the soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he does un-retire and find his way to the Raiders.

Seahawks Beat: RB Christine Michael's early play could determine workload

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 1:32pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Will it be like past years when Marshawn Lynch took most of the carries or will Chrinstine Michael still get significant work?

The answer — as boring as it sounds — is that how Michael plays the first few weeks will likely dictate things greatly. If he continues to play as he did in the preseason then the Seahawks will have to find ways to get him out there.

But if Rawls is clearly the better of the two, then there’d be no reason not to hand him the ball as often as possible.

All of which means it’s hard to know yet if Rawls will dominate the carries the way Lynch did when healthy.

Fantasy Impact:

The Seahawks also have rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins on the roster at tailback. But Prosise seems headed initially for a role mostly as a third-down back. HC Pete Carroll went as far as saying Rawls and Michael will form a 1-2 punch, but more recent reports said Rawls will be the lead guy. It's a situation to monitor especially early on as Rawls tries to get back to full speed.

Carroll: 'No question' RB Thomas Rawls ready for Week 1

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 5:37pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Seahawks enter the season without Marshawn Lynch for the first time since 2010. That's not good news. The good news is that they already managed to find a suitable replacement in Thomas Rawls, who burst onto the scene last year when Lynch battled injuries.

The even better news: Rawls' recovery from a broken ankle, which ended his season last December, is going along as planned. On Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Rawls will be out there for the Seahawks' season opener against the Dolphins two Sundays from now.

"He continued to have a great week," Carroll said, per ESPN. "There's no question that he looks to be able to play in the opener."

Fantasy Impact:

The big question is will there be some kind of split with Rawls and Christine Michael in the backfield. Michael seems to have turned the corner in his career and had a very good preseason leading Carroll to call the duo a "one-two punch" at one point in camp. Rawls hasn't played in the preseason but could in the team's final contest. Either way, he could be eased into things if he is active Week 1.

Colts Beat: Robert Turbin 'looks like the likely No. 2 back' in Indy

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 7:54pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Robert Turbin looks like the likely No. 2 back for the Colts. It’s a job he’s performed before (behind Marshawn Lynch in Seattle) and feels he’s perfectly suited for.

When it comes to Josh Ferguson, the promise he offered coming into the season has not translated thus far. The Colts had extremely high hopes for him after signing him as an undrafted free agent from Illinois, but he has been frustrating to watch rushing for 9 yards on 13 carries this preseason. That’s not to say he had wide running lanes; the run blocking has been lacking, at best. But throw in the fact that Ferguson has had a couple of missed assignments as a pass protector and one could argue he faces an uphill climb against the veterans.

But the Colts still love Ferguson’s potential.

“He’s a third down match-up nightmare,” Chuck Pagano said.

Related players: Frank Gore

Fantasy Impact:

Ferguson hasn't carried his OTA momentum into camp or into the preseason games, so he's fallen behind Turbin, apparently. Turbin is a career 4.0 YPC journeyman who can hold down the fort if anything happens to Gore.

Seahawks Beat: Christine Michael has 'fooled fans before'

Monday, August 15, 2016, 9:42pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Seahawks running back Christine Michael is as sprightly as can be these days, and there are two potential reasons: 1) He has developed into a dependable ball-carrier who can consistently produce at an NFL level; and 2) It’s August.

Let’s not pretend we haven’t seen this before. Summertime in Seattle generally is when Michael mutates into Emmitt Smith.

In 2013 he blitzed through the preseason, racking up 201 yards on 40 carries. In June 2014, he prompted offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to declare that the Seahawks’ offense will be “running back by committee,” even though Marshawn Lynch had spearheaded a Super Bowl win a few months earlier. And on Saturday, Michael’s 44 yards on seven carries in a preseason win at Kansas City got Pete Carroll to say that Michael and Thomas Rawls would be the “1-2 punch” in Seattle’s backfield this year.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say a few interesting things - the optimist might be compelled to believe this finally will be the year Michael, 25, tracks down his potential and becomes a mainstay in an NFL offense. The realist, on the other hand, would be compelled to ask: How is this any different? But, the story quoted HC Pete Carroll as saying Michael was a loose cannon before, but has now grown up. Michael has got a lot of positive press lately and it has Rawls owners in a bit of a panic. The point of this story seems to be don't count on a committee or a 1-2 punch in the Seahawks backfield just yet. Also keep in mind the Seahawks drafted three running backs in April.

Seahawks Beat: Possible lead back doesn't get heavy workload

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 10:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In 2014, when Marshawn Lynch was healthy, he accounted for 72 percent (280 carries) of the attempts by Seahawks running backs. In 2013, that number was 74.9 percent (301 carries).

But with the variables in play now, it's possible that the Seahawks don't give as heavy a workload to their lead back. Thomas Rawls was great last year, totaling 830 yards and averaging 5.65 YPC, but he has to prove he's the same guy physically, coming off offseason ankle surgery.

"He’s an NFL football player," Pete Carroll told reporters about Christine Michael. "He really has made it clear to us that he’s serious about the work. He’s serious about the consistency. He’s taken great pride in the way he’s brought it day in and day out all throughout the offseason and into camp and all of that. And he’s an explosive, dynamic athlete. So we’re just going to keep going with him."

Fantasy Impact:

Michael has to continue to prove to the coaches that he's had an awakening, according to the story, and up to this point he has. Rawls returned to practice last week but did not play in the team's first preseason game, but it appears he has some catching up to do. This is a situation to watch for sure. Carroll mentioned a "one-two punch" in another quote, but there were no details about how a workload would be divided.

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