Marshawn Lynch: the man known for his stout power running, drilling through opposing defenses and going Beast Mode.
After an injury-plagued 2015 NFL season, Lynch decided to call it a career, in a bit of an under-the-radar way. That was what it appeared to be before he came out and shocked the world, announcing that he would be coming out of retirement, but not to play with the Seattle Seahawks this time. He wanted to be a part of the Raiders. He essentially skipped the 2016 season, which brings into thought whether Beast Mode will be having a bit of rust on him this year. This is one of the most significant risks that can be seen with drafting him to be a part of your fantasy team.
From 2011 through 2014, Lynch rushed for over 1,200 yards, in addition to having 11 or more touchdowns each season (per FFToday). Not to mention, he was also averaging over 4 yards per carry as well. But then in the 2015 season, something happened. The injuries started to pile up, and as a result, his YPC average dropped below 4.0.
Now, prior to the 2015 season, there was a large consensus among many that Lynch was a top 5 overall pick in most fantasy drafts. However, he was only able to play 7 games during the season and essentially turned out to be a huge bust in fantasy that year.
The fact of the matter is that Marshawn Lynch has not had a monster fantasy football season since 2014. So are you really going to bet on getting that 2014-like numbers from him nearly three years later? Well, that’s for you to call. However, it is pretty interesting that his ADP / stock seems to be on the rise. He was projected to be going in the 3rd or 4th round this year in most fantasy drafts. Now, take this with a grain of salt, as I am referencing the Standard system, and not PPR. Lately however, the notion is growing that you might have to overdraft for him in as early as the 2nd round of your draft if you really want to bump up your chances of securing him on your roster.
All in all, I’m predicting Lynch to finish the season as a top 10 RB in fantasy football. The Raiders’ offensive line could prove to be one of the best this year. In addition, Derek Carr is running the passing game pretty well, considering the complementary attack of Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Marshawn Lynch should help the Raiders become a more balanced offense this season.
Want to make a bold move and take a ‘high-risk, high-reward’ fantasy RB this year in your draft? Looks like you’ve got your guy.
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