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| Prior to the signing of Marshawn Lynch, the DeAndre Washington hype train for 2017 was in full effect. The 5'8" back was effective as a rookie, rushing for an impressive 5.4 yards per carry while entrenched in a running back by committee fantasy nightmare alongside Latavius Murray and Jalen Richard. Murray was the lead dog in that backfield but did miss some time in the middle of the season. During that time, it was Washington who saw his snaps increase most significantly, nearly out-snapping Richard by a 2-to-1 ratio while Murray was out. Lynch will almost certainly see the lion's share of the early down snaps for the Raiders in 2017 and while Richard is better suited to handle passing down duties, it could be Washington who is really the "handcuff" to Lynch if there is one to be had. This means that while Richard will likely outscore Washington on the season, Washington's upside might actually be higher. Either way, this situation is unpredictable and there's a good chance that both Washington and Richard will go undrafted in many leagues.
|Marshawn Lynch suspension upheld|
Raiders RB will miss Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Oct 24, 11:30 am
|The NFL has upheld its one-game suspension of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for making physical contract with an official, the league announced Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch's appeal was denied. He will serve his one-game suspension this week, meaning DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will handle running back duties against the Bills. Expect both to split backfield duties making them Flex plays only in Week 8.
|Marshawn Lynch suspended one game|
Making contact with an official
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 20, 7:30 pm
|Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has been suspended without pay for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct in Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he made contact with a referee.
The referee was diffusing an active confrontation in which Lynch was not a participant. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch came running from the sidelines to insert himself into a scrum between Raiders and Chiefs players and in the process grabbed and pushed an official. Assuming this case isn't appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, Lynch will miss Week 8 against Buffalo. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will likely split the RB workload in Lynch's absence.