| Running Back, Seattle Seahawks
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|Draft: 2007 Round 1 (12)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 215 DOB: 1986-04-22 Age: 29
||BUF | SEA
|Considered a mid-tier to low-end RB3 heading into the season, Lynch turned in his best season as a pro in 2011, finishing the year with career-highs in rushing yards (1,204) and rushing touchdowns (12). He also recorded his best season as a receiver since the 2008 season, catching 28 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. A talented player whose maturity and dedication were questioned in the past, Lynch emerged as the Seahawks best player and a team leader who earned his “Beast Mode” moniker with several thundering runs over the past two seasons. He was arguably the biggest fantasy surprise at running back, finishing the year ranked fifth overall on the back of a outstanding finish to the season. He was the second ranked running back from Week 9 until the end of the season, gaining 941 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground over his final nine games. Surprisingly given the state of the team’s offense, Lynch was one of the most consistent fantasy producers at running back, finding the end zone in ten of his 15 games and registering double digit fantasy points ten times. A big payday this off-season and an arrest for DUI in July (that may result in a suspension) are red flags that could impact his fantasy value in 2012. Consider him a lower tier RB1 or upper tier RB2 but lower those expectations if his DUI results in a suspension.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to return Sunday -- Tue Oct 13 10:01 am --|
Seahawks RB rotation will still include Thomas Rawls
|Coach Pete Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch will likely practice on Thursday and should play on Sunday versus the Panthers. He added that the coaches also will find ways to get snaps for rookie Thomas Rawls, who rushed for 169 yards in Sunday’s 27-24 loss at Cincinnati. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: This is good news for Lynch owners who've yet to get much of anything from the normally solid fantasy RB1. Rawls has earned work, but he doesn't have the same level of talent that Lynch does. Stay tuned as Lynch finally gets back to work during the end of the week.
| Marshawn Lynch out for Week 5 -- Fri Oct 9 3:00 pm --|
Thomas Rawls expected to start
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is OUT for Week 5 vs. the Bengals. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch has been dealing with various ailments including calf and hamstring injuries. Thomas Rawls is expected to start in Lynch's place and will be in the RB2 conversation against the Bengals. Rawls averaged 6.5 yards per carry against the Bears but just 2.8 ypc against the Lions.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to return Week 5 -- Tue Oct 6 9:06 am --|
Beast Mode had "best day" Monday -- but was inactive
|The Seahawks played Monday night’s game against the Detroit Lions without running back Marshawn Lynch, just the second time he's missed a game since coming to Seattle in 2010. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he could return versus Cincinnati.
He was replaced on Monday night by Thomas Rawls and veteran Fred Jackson. (Seahawks.com)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch had been listed as questionable on Saturday’s injury report with a hamstring injury, then was downgraded to out a day later.
“He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”
| Marshawn Lynch 40-60 to play Monday night -- Sat Oct 3 4:00 pm --|
|On Saturday, the Seahawks will issue their final injury report in advance of Monday night’s game against the Lions. Running back Marshawn Lynch likely will be listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, which will mean there’s a 50-50 chance he plays.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the current estimate is that Lynch’s chances of playing are more like 40-60.
FF Today's Take: Lynch owners need to be making other plans considering the game is Monday night. Thomas Rawls would likely get the start if Lynch doesn't play an be a nice alternative for Lynch owners. We likely won't know Lynch's status until gametime.
| Lynch expected to be gametime decision -- Fri Oct 2 12:45 pm --|
|Reiterating much of what he said during his Thursday press conference on the status of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), Carroll said the decision on whether or not to play the Seattle running back against the Lions is "probably going to go to game-time." "He’s got a slight hamstring pull, but for a running back that runs as crazy as he does it’s really important and crucial to him. But we’ll see how he goes, he’s working hard for us.” (Seahawks.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Seahawks don't play until Monday night so Lynch owners having to make a decision on Sunday should play it safe and look for other options. If Lynch sits, Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would see increased action.
| Marshawn Lynch '50-50' to play MNF -- Wed Sep 30 5:15 pm --|
|Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is dealing with a hamstring injury that, according to a source, makes him "50-50" to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions.
The Seahawks might not have clarity on whether Lynch will be able to play until this weekend. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Lynch would undergo an MRI this week.
FF Today's Take: Unless more information following the MRI becomes available prior to Sunday, fantasy owners may have to play it safe with Marshawn Lynch this week. Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson would filled the void last week and a similar role would be in store for them if Lynch is limited or unable to play entirely.
| Marshawn Lynch expected to play -- Sun Sep 27 7:00 am --|
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who popped up on the injury report with a calf injury, is playing against the #Bears, sources say. #BeastMode (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch was labeled a gametime decision by his head coach earlier in the week. Rapoport's report should give Lynch owners confidence to keep the stud running back in their lineups. The Seahwaks play a late-afternoon game.
|Jimmy Graham expects to be blocking a lot more -- Tue Aug 4 8:50 am --|
Seahawks TE may no longer be go-to offensive cog
|Graham's early debut with the Seahawks has been exactly what was expected, but there are significant differences between what Graham will do in Seattle and what he was asked to do in New Orleans. Blocking was rarely a priority with the Saints because of their pass-happy offense led by Drew Brees.
With the Seahawks, blocking is a priority on par with making receptions.
"It's very important for me to be a part of that here because that's about 75 percent of the offense here and if you have a back like (Marshawn Lynch), you want to be in there on those explosive runs and you want to be part of that," Graham said. (Associated Press)|
FF Today's Take: We're not bullish on Graham's chances to resume the type of fantasy production he saw at his peak in New Orleans, and reaching the 80-reception mark will be a challenge in this offense. Graham seems to be sold on the concept of a '75 percent' running game, and he'll still be a viable third-down option red zone threat -- just not the clear-cut top fantasy TE and difference maker he was in the past.
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