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RB Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders

5-10, 223Born: 4-22-1986College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Lynch was the only good thing about the Raiders offense in Mexico City. He could be a solid RB2 down the stretch with better game scripts against weaker opponents.

Week 12: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Marshawn Lynch on a yards per carry basis has been good this year as he is averaging 4.0 yards per carry, the question remains for the Raiders is why are you not giving him the ball more than what he is seeing the ball. Since week one where they came out and gave Lynch the ball 18 times, he has just seen the ball an average of 9.9 times per game. This is a big reason why the Raiders are 27th in terms of rushing yards this season as they have only run the ball 214 times which is the worst in the league while the next closest team has run it 222 times. To put this into context New England who rates as the 16th team in terms of rush attempts has run the ball 270 times, so the Raiders just are not running the ball this season. Matt Bitonti still has this offensive line as a top five offensive line this season, so they have the talent the play calling just is not there. The Broncos have been very good against the run this season as they have allowed the second-fewest yards per attempt this season at just 3.3 yards per carry and have also held opponents to the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the year. This is a team that when they have had faults throughout the year it has been to pass-catching running backs as New England had two receiving touchdowns two weeks ago one to Rex Burkhead the other to James White. On the season, the Broncos have only allowed one running back to go over 55 yards rushing and that was Orleans Darkwa. Oakland Passing Offense

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 at MIA 37 14 57 2 2 2 6 0 0 18.3
11 vs NE 21 11 67 0 1 1 10 0 0 7.7
12 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 1 * * * *
12 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Lynch was the lone bright spot for the Raiders offense. He ran with power and explosion. His first carry, he stiff-armed a defender in the backfield and ran through a second tackler to make something out of nothing. Lynch showed a nice burst on a gain off of right tackle that went for 25 yards. He was able to make a man miss in the open field to cut back inside for a 10-yard gain on his only passing target. Lynch did look winded a couple times, tapping his helmet to come out of the game after three straight carries on the opening drive. The game script took away the opportunity for Lynch to possibly have a big fantasy day. The Raiders fell behind 24-0 before their fourth possession.

2017 Week 9 vs MIA (14 / 57 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Lynch played a season-high 57% of the offensive snaps. In recent weeks, the Raiders seemed to get discouraged when the running game would get off to a slow start and eventually stop trying in second half. Against Miami, Oakland remained committed to pounding away with Lynch. The Raiders were rewarded for their persistence, as Lynch slowly wore down the Miami front and pounded in a pair of second-half touchdowns. Lynch again started slowly. He touched the ball five times on the opening drive for a total of three yards. At halftime, Lynch had just nine total yards. He started to get rolling on the first drive of the second half. He powered through multiple tacklers for a 14-yard run and then finished off the drive with a 22-yard touchdown gallup. He burst through a big hole in the line untouched and made a nice open field cut to beat the safety. Lynch iced the game late with a 3-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter on a power run off tackle. He seemed to get stronger as the game went on and the Raiders will need to feature Lynch in future weeks for him to make a positive impact.

2017 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lynch played just 10 snaps and had two touches, runs of three and six yards, before he was tossed from the game. Marcus Peters took a shot at Derek Carr that many Raiders players took offense to and pushing and shoving ensued. Lynch sprinted onto the field and into the middle of the scrum to try to break things up. When an official stepped in front of him, Lynch shoved him and was ejected. He is facing a Week 8 suspension from the incident but is appealing.

2017 Week 6 vs LAC (13 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lynch rumbled for 15 yards on his first carry of the game. He cut through a big hole on the right side and was wrapped up by a defender eight yards down field but kept churning his legs, carrying the defender for another seven yards before finally being brought down. He opened the next drive with three consecutive carries for 14 total yards. Lynch dropped a swing pass that hit him right in his hands. A few plays later, he was targeted on a short pass over the middle and the ball bounced off his hands for an interception.

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (12 / 43 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Even with DeAndre Washington out, Lynch still didn't play half of the snaps (48% of the offensive snaps), splitting time almost evenly with Jalen Richard. With his modest passing-game work, it is hard for Lynch to carry much fantasy value in a part-time role. Lynch had some early success and looked as if he might be on his way to a strong fantasy week. He rattled off impressive runs of 7, 9 and then 6 yards for 22 yards on his first three carries in the opening five minutes of the game. He managed just 21 rushing yards the rest of the way though. While the Raiders opened the game as home favorites, the game script quickly flipped negative for Lynch. The Ravens jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and the Raiders had to play from behind all day. Lynch scored a short touchdown untouched up the middle. Manuel scrambled for a first down at the 2-yard line and the Raiders went hurry up and snapped the ball before the Ravens were set, allowing the easy score for Lynch.

2017 Week 4 vs DEN (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Raiders tried to get Lynch established early but weren't able to. He had a decent early gain wiped out by a holding call. The Raiders tried to hit Lynch down the field on a first-down wheel route down the sideline, but he was blanketed in coverage. The Raiders first promising drive of the game ended with Lynch was stuffed well short of the line to gain on a 4th-and-1 carry. The Broncos were firing through gaps and getting to Lynch behind the line of scrimmage nearly every touch. When he was able to find modest space, he was quickly met by a swarm of defenders and unable to push forward. His long gain of the day went for just four yards.

2017 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Lynch saw his snaps decrease for the third straight week, playing just 16 snaps total. The game script certainly played a role as the Raiders fell behind early in the first quarter and trailed by three scores for most of the second half. We are seeing that Lynch is capable of some major fantasy duds if the Raiders offense has to play from behind. Lynch continues to run with his trademark power on the interior and fought for tough yards on some early carries. But there are starting to be some signs that the burst to get outside isn't there at age 31. He tried to cut outside on an early 3rd-and-short but was easily tracked down and stopped short. His long run of the day went for just five yards.

2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (12 / 45 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Lynch again played well but didn't have the big fantasy day many expected in his home debut. He handled just 13 of the Raiders 33 touches at running back. The low usage was in part due to the Raiders jumping out to a huge lead. But it is becoming clearer that the Raiders want to limit Lynch's touches to try to get him through the season healthy. Lynch's backups, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have played well and Cordarrelle Patterson is also seeing time in the backfield. While Lynch should lead the backfield in touches and handle most of the goal line work, this looks like even more of a committee than expected. Lynch's best run of the day came midway through the first quarter on a 3rd-and-1. He burst through the center of the line and powered through first contact for a gain of 13 yards. Lynch's short touchdown came after a muffed punt set the Raiders up with first-and-goal from the Jets four-yard line late in the first half. Lynch was stuffed for no gain on first down. The Raiders went back to him the next play and Lynch had one of the more impressive two-yard runs you'll see. He should have been dropped for a three-yard loss but ran through three Jets tacklers to bounce it outside and pick up a couple yards. The Raiders rewarded him with a third-straight attempt that Lynch cashed in for his first Oakland touchdown. Lynch ran a draw from a shotgun formation and ran through a big hole up the middle. Lynch touched the ball just twice in the second half.

2017 Week 1 vs TEN (18 / 76 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Lynch looked fantastic in his Raiders debut. The explosiveness, power and quick feet that made him special in his prime were all present. Lynch took his first regular-season carry for Oakland 14 yards straight up the middle. Late in the first quarter, he showed definitively that he can still go into beast mode. On a 4th-and-1 carry inside the 5-yard line, he should have been stuffed for a loss. But he side-stepped the first tackler and then somehow powered forward for two extra yards when a second defender had him dead to rights in the backfield. One of the biggest differences between the 2017 Raiders and the 2016 team is having a back with the ability to make a play entirely on his own in short yardage. For some reason, the Raiders didn't reward Lynch for the effort and threw the ball unsuccessfully three straight times from the 2-yard line before settling for a field goal. Lynch made things happen when he was able to touch the ball with some space to run. He took a screen pass for 16 yards down the right sideline, patiently setting up his blocks and then finishing the run strong for a couple extra yards. He lined up as a wide receiver on the next play and was open, but Carr airmailed the pass after the quick snap. Lynch ran hard in the second half and helped the Raiders bleed the clock and hang on for the win.

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Schedule

12vs Denver Broncos
13vs New York Giants
14@ Kansas City Chiefs
15vs Dallas Cowboys
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
17@ Los Angeles Chargers