|Marshawn Lynch retires during Super Bowl -- Sun Feb 7 8:00 pm --|
Twitter pic of cleats suspended from a telephone wire
|NFL fans expecting high-profile retirement news Sunday evening were thrown for a loop when Marshawn Lynch upstaged Peyton Manning.
In typical taciturn Lynch style, he simply tweeted a peace emoji with a picture of his cleats suspended from a telephone wire, suggesting he's hanging them up for good. Although Lynch offered no official announcement, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per two sources informed of his plans, that the Seahawks have been informed of the 29-year-old power back's intention to retire. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Speculation and rumors of Lynch retiring have been circling since the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs. The running back made it official(?) with a Twitter picture of cleats hanging from a wire. His departature elevates the fantasy stock of Thomas Rawls who will be in the low-end RB1 conversation in drafts this Summer.
|Marshawn Lynch leaning towards retirement? -- Fri Jan 22 11:54 am --|
Seattle GM speaks on Lynch
|John Schneider on ESPN Seattle on Marshawn Lynch: "I'm under the impression he is leaning towards retirement." (Bob Condotta on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's not all that surprising as retirement talk surrounded Lynch last off-season. Lynch had his worst season as a pro in 2015 playing in only seven games and scoring three touchdowns. His unwilling to get on the team bus for the Seahawks wildcard game and huge cap hit in 2016 may lead to his release if he doesn't retire. Thomas Rawls is waiting in the wings.
| "Good chance" Lynch plays on Sunday -- Fri Jan 15 4:05 pm --|
Seattle RB gets on the bus
|Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch: "Bags are packed." Will he play? "There's a really good chance." (Danny O\'Neil on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch did board the team bus today so he's one step closer to the field. After what happened last week, Carroll can't guarantee Lynch will play so this the best confirmation we are going to get. In a week were David Johnson is the only safe RB play on the board, Lynch will be the next closest thing and should see anywhere from 15-20 touches.
| Seattle's Lynch practices in full Wednesday -- Wed Jan 13 8:30 pm --|
Status for Sunday still up in the air
|RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, but coach Pete Carroll cautioned that was no indication whether he would play in the NFC divisional playoff game at Carolina on Sunday. (AP Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners will need to check back for updates on Marshawn Lynch's game status throughout the week after he somewhat unexpectedly decided himself that he wasn't quite ready to return to action against the Vikings a week ago. Lynch is being evaluated daily and is slated to practice in full all week.
| Lynch ruled out for wild-card game versus Vikings -- Sat Jan 9 12:40 am --|
RB "felt like he couldn't play"
|The Seattle Seahawks on Friday night ruled running back Marshawn Lynch out of Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. The comeback path of running back Marshawn Lynch took a strange turn Friday when he told the Seahawks after practice that he couldn’t play and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Vikings.
The Seahawks released a statement Friday night that said Lynch had been declared out and added, “Following our final workout Friday he felt like he couldn’t play.” (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch has played in just seven games this season and not since since the Nov. 15 home loss to Arizona. He had abdominal surgery Nov. 25 in Philadelphia and spent much of the next month or so in the Bay Area working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim. Lynch's new status will likely make Christine Michael a near-staple in DFS and playoff leagues of all kind, even though he will cede some work to Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson.
| Marshawn Lynch "full-go" on Wednesday -- Wed Jan 6 6:00 pm --|
Expected to play Sunday
|Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is “full go,” according to coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday.
Carroll said earlier this week that he expects Lynch to play on Sunday against the Vikings, and nothing in Lynch’s first few days back with the team have indicated otherwise.
FF Today's Take: Lynch had been holed up with his personal trainers, rehabbing from abdominal surgery but joined the team early this week and is expected to play on Sunday. His return will hurt the value of Christine Michael (17-102 in Week 17) and Bryce Brown. Workload for Lynch will be the concern and with a real possibility of a timeshare, it will tough to trust BeastMode in playoff fantasy leagues.
| Lynch back working out with Seahawks -- Mon Jan 4 5:05 pm --|
Team will hold first full practice of the week Wednesday
|As had been expected, running back Marshawn Lynch is back working out at the Seahawks’ practice facility in Renton, coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
Lynch has not played since Nov. 15 against Arizona due to an abdominal injury that required surgery on Nov. 25. But he is expected to be available when the Seahawks begin the playoffs Sunday at Minnesota. Carroll had said on Friday he anticipated that Lynch would return on Monday. The team’s first full practice of the week is Wednesday. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: In the last seven games without Lynch, the Seahawks’ offense averaged 32 points, second in the NFL. But Thomas Rawls went down with an ankle injury in Week 14, and the team has been going with Christine Michael and Bryce Brown at running back. While it is always possible "Beast Mode" could step right back into a full workload if he is cleared to play this weekend, the risk of playing him in playoff leagues is probably much higher than the reward.
| Seahawks' RB Lynch remains out -- Wed Dec 30 5:20 pm --|
Still labeled day-to-day with abdominal injury
|RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Marshawn Lynch's return for the Seattle Seahawks won't come until the NFC wild card playoffs at the earliest. Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Lynch had not rejoined the team and remains ''day-to-day'' in his recovery from abdominal surgery in late November. Carroll had indicated earlier that there was a chance that Lynch could rejoin the team this week and possibly play in the regular-season finale against Arizona, but he will instead be sidelined for the seventh straight week. (AP Sports)|
FF Today's Take: With Thomas Rawls (broken ankle) already out for the season Seattle will continue to lean on a RBBC approach that includes Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and Christine Michael. None of them are recommended fantasy options for Week 17. Marshawn Lynch is progressing from surgery and figures to return to the top of the depth chart once he is cleared for game action.
| Lynch could return to practice Wednesday -- Mon Dec 28 7:25 pm --|
RB recovering from sports hernia surgery
|If Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (sports hernia) strings together a couple good days of workouts, he could be back at practice Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said.
"From what I understand, he has a chance if those days go back to back, and he does well, that he might be in here Wednesday," Carroll said. "We’ll see."
Lynch is in San Francisco working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim. He has visited the Seahawks' facility, but is not rehabbing there. The team is communicating with Azim and his staff to determine how Lynch is doing. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch's absence was less of an issue when rookie Thomas Rawls was tearing it up prior to his season-ending ankle injury in Week 14, but the Seahawks could muster only 60 yards in their Week 16 home loss to the Rams, including only 21 from their running backs. Seattle travels to Arizona this week, which would give owners a good idea of what they can expect from "Beast Mode" in the playoffs should he be able to suit up against the Cardinals.
| Lynch to have sports hernia surgery -- Wed Nov 25 7:00 am --|
Expected to miss at least month
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the running back (Marshawn Lynch) will need surgery to repair a sports hernia, and is expected to be out a month. The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to a source. The timeline makes a return to the field possible for Lynch, especially if the Seahawks make the postseason. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch surprised many by sitting out Week 11 leading to a huge day from backup Thomas Rawls. Rawls will continue to be the main back in Seattle's rushing attack and provide low-end RB1 value moving forward.
| Lynch unlikely for Week 12 versus Steelers -- Mon Nov 23 7:00 pm --|
Status unknown until after visit with specialist on Tuesday
|Seahawks HC Pete Carroll not expecting Marshawn Lynch to be available Sunday vs Steelers. Again, won't know more until meets with specialist tomorrow. (710 ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: There has been speculation that Lynch is dealing with a sports hernia that could sideline him for the rest of the regular season. Thomas Rawls has mostly thrived whenever Lynch has been sidelined this season and is coming off a 33-touch, 255-yard, two-touchdown demolition of the 49ers. The undrafted rookie free agent would face a tougher challenge if he gets the start this week against the Steelers, but should be considered a RB1 if that happens.
| Marshawn Lynch questionable for Sunday -- Fri Nov 20 5:00 pm --|
Beastmode plagued by abdomen injury
|Stop me if you've heard this one before: Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report ahead of Sunday's tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch sat out practices this week while dealing with an abdomen injury. Beast Mode was also listed as questionable with the same injury last week and started against the Arizona Cardinals. He carried eight times for 42 yards - the Seahawks handed the ball off just 12 total times last week. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch made the most of his limited touches last week, turning in 50 yards from scrimmage and a rushing TD. He's a strong fantasy play this week against a 49ers' defense that ranks 21st against the run this year.
| Marshawn Lynch will be a gametime decision -- Sun Nov 15 7:15 am --|
|Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is a game-time decision tonight with abdominal injury. "50-50" source said. He always plays but this is painful (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is a bad spot for fantasy owners as Lynch and the Seahawks don't play until Sunday night. Thomas Rawls would get the start if Lynch can't go.