Raiders owner Mark Davis and his new head coach Jon Gruden are the Dumb and Dumber of the NFL. They have the haircuts, and according to many fantasy analysts that I respect, they've earned the role for their off-season acquisitions:
- Signing 32-year-old Jordy Nelson.
- Acquiring twice-suspended Doug Martin to back up 31-year-old Marshawn Lynch.
- Trading for twice-suspended Martavis Bryant.
- Giving up a 7th-round pick for Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
- Cutting top punter Marquette King.
Marshawn Lynch Still has it and Oakland will lean on it
Lynch dealt with a back issue the season leading up to his retirement. After a year away, Lynch returned in 2017 and finished the year the No. 18 fantasy back in standard leagues. Lynch remained healthy the entire season, earning a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct.
During the final seven weeks of 2017, Lynch earned RB1 fantasy totals as the No. 12 back in standard 12-team leagues with 121 carries, 568 yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 14 receptions, and 108 yards. Only three backs in the NFL earned more carries than Lynch during this span.
However, Lynch was 17th among backs in carries during the first 10 weeks of 2017. Former head coach Jack Del Rio was cautious about using Lynch and didn't ramp up the workload until the Raiders were already in severe danger of elimination from the playoffs.
Del Rio did not buy into using Lynch as the weapon he's capable of being for an offense. Now Del Rio is gone and Gruden appears all-in.
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