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|Once again in 2011, Jackson held off 2010 1st round pick C.J. Spiller to be the team’s lead running back. In fact, Jackson was playing so well last season that Spiller basically became persona non grata in the Bills offensive game planning, with Jackson averaging 22 touches per game until a fractured fibula ended his season in Week 11. Jackson amassed 934 rushing yards, 442 receiving yards and six touchdowns prior to the injury and was being mentioned as a potential MVP candidate. Unfortunately for Jackson, Spiller played well in relief and likely earned himself a larger role in 2012, despite his poor production over the first year and a half of his career. While Jackson figures to be healthy by opening day and to regain his starting position, look for a reduced role for Jackson in 2012. Consider him a high end RB2 this season.
| 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.
| 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.
| Seahawks release RB DuJuan Harris -- Tue Dec 15 5:19 pm --|
Bryce Brown signed
|Source: the Seahawks have released RB DuJuan Harris. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Harris carried 18 times after Thomas Rawls left last week's game with an ankle injury, but is no looking for work. Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson are now in line to receive the bulk of the running back duties in Week 15. Brown should get the majority of opportunities on early downs with Jackson getting a series or two of his own and third-down work.
|Seahawks sign RB Bryce Brown, again -- Mon Dec 14 11:41 am --|
Brown adds depth behind Harris and Jackson
|According to source, the Seahawks have re-signed veteran RB Bryce Brown to help make up for loss of star rookie Thomas Rawls. (Rob Rang on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas Rawls injured his ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Baltimore and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Brown was signed and released by the Seahawks earlier this season but does have a better opportunity to make an impact this go-around with DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart. Brown is worth a flier if you have the roster space.
| Rawls to miss remainder of the season, ankle -- Sun Dec 13 4:00 pm --|
Broken ankle, torn ligaments
|Seahawks rookie running back Thomas Rawls is out for the season after suffering a broken left ankle and torn ligaments during the first quarter of Sunday’s 35-6 victory over the Ravens. Coach Pete Carroll said Rawls might not need surgery but added that, “He’s not going to make it back (this season).’’ (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Devasting blow to the Seahakws and the Rawls fantasy owners as the rookie posted 44 yards on just six carries before being injured. DuJuan Harris received the majority of touches (18) in a relief role while Fred Jackson (8) played on third-downs and as a change of pace.