Marshawn Lynch
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By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 12:52am EDT

Marshawn Lynch played the first series of the Week 3 preseason game against the Chicago Bears, he rushed for 16 yards and a TD on 3 carries.

Fantasy Impact: Lynch has never had double-digit preseason carries during his tenure as a Seahawk, so we will probably see very little of Lynch before the season. He looked like his old, bruising self tonight in limited action, especially on his final 7 yard rumble into the end-zone. With his off-field issues (hopefully) behind him, Lynch still has tremendous potential as a uniquely talented feature-back in a run-heavy scheme. Draft with confidence in the back end of round 1.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 3:16am EDT

When asked about Marshawn Lynch during Thursday's preseason press conference, Pete Carroll indicated that “It’s time for him to get some carries and get involved a little bit." (Source: Curtis Crabtree)

Fantasy Impact: After holding out for the first 8 days of training camp, Lynch is ready to debut in Friday's preseason tilt against the Bears. Carroll also noted that he "really could not be more pleased with the conditioning level that he’s (Lynch) had, the consistency of practice and his preparation has been great." Unlike previous holdouts from Chris Johnson and MJD, Lynch did not miss any important game work and seems poised to be firing on all cylinders when the Seahawks open the NFL season in two weeks. Beast Mode is currently being drafted near the end of the 1st round and provides tremendous value in that area. Owners should draft Lynch with no reservations and expect the same consistency that he's provided since he arrived in Seattle.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 12:11am EDT

The Bellevue Police Department has put out a statement clearing Marsahwn Lynch from any wrongdoing in a possible assault case, stating “The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way. This case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation.” (Source: Curtis Crabtree on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The three-ring circus that has followed Marshawn Lynch during this training camp may be coming to a close. The team has stated they will try and get him on the field this friday, but next week's preseason game against the Bears seems a better bet. Normally I would advise against drafting 28 year old backs coming off huge workloads and surrounded by distractions, but no one in the league has a skill-set quite like Lynch's, and he remains the feature back until further notice. He's still draftable in the 1st, and a must draft if he slips to the second round.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 5:57pm EDT

Head Coach Pete Carroll states that Marshawn Lynch may play in Friday night's preseason game against the Chargers. (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With so much controversy surrounding Lynch in recent weeks, it would be good to see him mentioned for something on the field, as opposed to off of it. Lynch remains a mid to low 1st round pick in all fantasy formats.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 3:32pm EDT

Terry Blount of reports "The Bellevue, Washington, Police Department said in a release that the 28-year-old Lynch was accused by an unspecified female victim over an alleged incident at a downtown Bellevue apartment unit at 2:30 a.m. PT." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: These last few weeks have been eventful for Lynch as he went from holdout, to out of shape, to back in shape, to being involved in a possible assault investigation. As of right now Lynch has not been verified of being involved, and no arrests have been made. While the story is in its infant stages, this cannot bode well for Lynch.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 5:42pm EDT

Bob Condotta reports that Marshawn Lynch had his most involved practice thus-far today. (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It seems that the team is going to spare no reps getting their workhorse runner back into game shape. Condotta also stated that Lynch had "dropped some weight" and "had some hard runs". While its a small sample, it seems that after a few weeks of going "couch-mode", Marshawn Lynch is getting back to his "beast-mode" ways.

By Jordan Coover, Seahawks Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 2:23pm EDT

"Lynch also leads the NFL in carries since 2011, averaging almost 300 per year. The past 15 RBs who've averaged at least 300 carries in a three-year span have dropped by an average of 86.7 totes the following season, often due to injury." ( (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This information leads me to believe that the Seattle Seahawks will lighten the load for Lynch in this coming season. I think that they will try to lower the amount of carries he gets as to keep him healthy until they really need him in the playoffs. If this is the case and he does get about 85 less carries, that moves him to about a late 2nd round draft pick at best for me. There is no doubt the Seahawks will use him when necessary, but they have already run him into the ground the last 3 years. So staying healthy will also be a factor for Lynch as he has a very physical run style. My advice is to stay away from drafting him until the price is right. If you do draft him, then you need to make sure and draft back up Christine Michael as I see him working in compliment with Lynch the most, and taking over in case of an injury to Lynch.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Aug 7th 5:41pm EDT

On the subject of Marshawn Lynch, Head Coach Pete Carroll stated “[Lynch] needs a lot of work to get back.” (Source: The Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: While this soundbyte sets off the coach-speak detector, Lynch's conditioning is a situation to monitor. If Lynch is expected to carry the load as he did in 2013, he must get into football shape. Keep tabs on the situation, as the Seahawks may give him more pre-season carries than he's used to in an effort to get him into playing shape.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Aug 1st 3:32pm EDT

Former Seahawks FB and current NFL Network Analyst Michael Robinson told Michael Fabiano that "There will be NO backfield committee in Seattle. Marshawn Lynch IS the team's featured back." (Source: Michael Fabiano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Robinson was Lynch's former lead blocker, a former locker-room leader, and the one whom Lynch called to announce his holdout, he seems to be a very credible source on all things Marshawn. With Lynch back in camp, the focus shifts to how he will hold up after a plethora of touches during the past two years. While Lynch's skill-set is transcendent, the amount of punishment he takes is astounding. Even if there is a decline is his points per touch, the high volume of touches should be enough to keep him a low end RB1.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 3:22pm EDT

Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan both report that Marshawn Lynch's holdout is over and he will report within the next 24 hours. (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: So much for the talk of a committee of Chirstine Michael, Robert Turbin, and Spencer Ware in Seattle. Lynch is set to return to his featured role in the Seattle backfield, and should be drafted as such. It will be interesting to see if the aforementioned Micahel, Turbin, and Ware eat into his historically huge workload in 2014.

By Michael White, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 3:19pm EDT

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting on Twitter that Marshawn Lynch plans to end holdout and report to Seahawks Training Camp with 24 hours. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lynch returning to camp this early should set fantasy owners at ease. Unlike recent holdouts by MJD and Chris Johnson, who reported to camp days before week one of the regular season, Lynch has a full month to get fully ready to go and won't miss any preseason games. Expect the Seahawks to still rely on Lynch heavily throughout the season, but the load should be lightened a bit. Christine Michael should see more carries and will most likely be Lynch's prime handcuff. At the age of 28, Lynch should remain a RB1 in all formats.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Tue, Jul 29th 11:41am EDT

John Clayton reports that if Marshawn Lynch does not report today (7/29), the Seahawks could ask him to repay $900,000 of his six million dollar signing bonus. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Lynch's holdout has been costing him $30,000 a day in fines, and if he does not report today, those fines double to $60,000. If the holdout lasts past August 5th, Lynch could lose a year of free agency, and if he misses a pre-season game, he could lose a regular season game check. While these fines are applied at the discretion of the team, Lynch stands to lose a hefty chunk of change if the holdout continues. If Lynch does not report today, it could be a sign that he is holding out for the long haul.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 12:08pm EDT

Mike Florio of reports that there’s a “zero percent chance” Marshawn Lynch will show up for the start of training camp without a contract that replaces the final two seasons of his four-year, $30 million contract. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Florio also states talks between Lynch and the Seahawks have been "occurring on and off for months". Lynch was just named the #1 bust candidate by writer Ethan Silva, and there is massive risk in drafting Lynch at his current late 1st round ADP. Lets not forget that Lynch's skill as a power runner is unique, and he's a rare true three-down back with a potential massive workload awaiting should he report. If you can tolerate the risk of a possible lengthy holdout and believe in Lynch's skill-set; he's going to be a bargain in the 2nd/3rd round. But if you think that Lynch is going to get passed by uber-athlete Christine Michael, or experience a decline like that of Chris Johnson or Maurice Jones-Drew upon returning (if he even returns at all), avoid him at all costs.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 7:40pm EDT

Updating his previous tweets, Bob Condotta states "The Seahawks aren't inclined to give Lynch a new deal. So hard to tell where this goes". (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Condotta then tweets that giving Lynch a new deal would set a dangerous precedent for a young roster coming to the end of their first contracts, and that the team "has taken steps to get prepared for (a) post-Lynch future with Christine Michael, etc". While Lynch is as dependable as they come on the field, the potential for this to get messy is real. Lynch has gone from as reliable an RB1 as they come, to a tremendously risky pick in what seems like record time.

By Brian Tesch, Seahawks Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 7:12pm EDT

Bob Condotta tweets that former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson has broken news of a Marshawn Lynch holdout. (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That sound you hear is Marshawn Lynch dropping out of the first round in standard drafts. While Lynch hardly ever sees preseason action, this cannot be a good sign for his prospects going forward, as Christine Michael now has a shot to Wally Pipp Beast Mode. As of right now Lynch is still a first round talent in standard leagues, but a lengthy holdout could send his stock tumbling. If you're the gutsy type, see if you can get a risk-averse owner to agree to a buy-low trade in dynasty or early draft formats. However it is worth noting that Lynch pondered retirement earlier in the off-season.

Fantasy Football Maniax | Sep 2nd
The Packers were just 26th against fantasy running backs and the loss of DT B. J. Raji is a big blow to their run defense. I think Lynch kicks off the season with RB1 numbers.
The Fantasy Fix | Aug 19th
For a guy that finished as the No. 4 RB in the league last year finishing a run of three straight top seven finishes, Marshawn Lynch sure has fallen out of favor with fantasy owners quickly. The theory seems to be after three straight seasons of over 300 touches, the physical back is destined to breakdown. […]
EDSFootball | Jul 31st
Less than one week into his holdout, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will end his holdout and report to camp within the next 24 hours, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Marshawn Lynch is planning to end his holdout and is expected to report to Seattle's training camp in next 24 hours, via @caplannfl and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2014 Marshawn Lynch will not receiv...
FantasySharks | Jul 31st
How does Marshawn Lynch’s holdout affect his value this year? Is he still a first-rounder? Come inside for the info.
The Fake Football | Jul 30th
  Follow @ianrgold Cheat Sheet Creator – Draft Analyzer – Draft Assistant – Auction Calculator The Marshawn Lynch situation continues. For you dynasty players and those unfortunate enough to have drafted him already (are July drafts even  Full Article » The post Training Camp Notes – Wednesday, July 30th appeared first on...
Beast Dome | Jul 28th
FANTASY FOOTBALL: THE ADVENTURES OF NEW AND OLD CHRISTINE (MARSHAWN LYNCH)     BEAST DOME NATION. First of all I want to take this space to thank you all for returning to the DOME for the 2014 season.  The BEAST DOME NATION is easily one of the most knowledgeable Fantasy Sports communities on the web.  With that being said.  I am bringing back the BEAST DOME NATION CHAMPIO...
Dynasty League Football | Jul 25th
With training camps underway, news like Marshawn Lynch's holdout are stealing the headlines.
EDSFootball | Jul 25th
Although Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch attended the team's minicamp last month, it appears that he won't be at training camp. NFL Network's Michael Robinson, a former teammate of Lynch, said on Inside Training Camp that Lynch just told him that he is going to hold out. With two years left on his deal, Lynch is due a base salary of $5 million this year and $5.5 million next year,...
CBS Sports | Jul 23rd
Is Marshawn Lynch in danger of losing touches this season? Our Jamey Eisenberg breaks down the history of 400-plus touch running backs and the outlook isn't great.
Rotoprofessor | Jul 7th
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) We’ve looked at some of the notable running back risers when leagues move to PPR formats (click here to view), but what about those who lose significant value?  Let’s take a look:   Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks PPR