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RB Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders

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

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Lynch works as a best ball play because best ball rosters usually offer enough bench space to hedge early pick collapse/injury. If Lynch simply reproduces what Latavius Murray did last year, he would be worth more than his ADP. Savvy best ball drafters can get a high weekly floor/low ceiling receiving back option or two to gird against the possibility that Lynch has nothing left in the tank to earn the reward of having a second RB1 or waiting on RB1 and not getting hurt.

Summary

Marshawn Lynch retired after suffering through an injury-plagued 2015 season and sat out the 2016 season. He decided to come out of retirement in the spring and was a perfect match for his hometown team. The big question for Lynch will be how much gas he has left in the tank at age 31. The early reports from offseason activities are promising. Lynch handled a lot of carries over a four-year stretch from 2011-2014. He ran for 1,200+ yard and scored at least 12 touchdowns each of those four seasons. If Lynch has anywhere near the same juice he had in his prime years in Seattle, he could have a great season behind the Raiders big, talented offensive line. His rugged, straight ahead running style is a great match for the Raiders . He should handle all of the goal line work and operate as a two-down back with the talented youngsters Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington getting all of the third-down action. Lynch's contract is incredibly heavy on incentives for rushing yards and touchdowns, so he will be highly motivated and the team is likely to feed him whenever possible to keep him happy and engaged. Lynch has more fantasy value in standard formats, where he has a solid floor and low-end RB1 upside. In PPR leagues, he will be reliant on racking up double-digit touchdowns to be a top-20 back. (June 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 15, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 37
Overall Redraft - 35, 18, 23, 23, 28, 30, 32, 33, 33, 36, 37, 40, 43, 48, 53, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 14, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 39
Overall Redraft PPR - 42, 21, 27, 31, 32, 37, 38, 39, 39, 40, 46, 46, 48, 53, 53, 55, 59
RB Dynasty - 44, 26, 31, 31, 39
Overall Dynasty - 100, 63

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 SEA 16 280 1306 13 48 37 367 4 2
2015 SEA 7 111 417 3 21 13 80 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 210 * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 220 * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 215 * * 32 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 15 211 * * 27 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 29
RB: 13
Overall-PPR: 34
RB-PPR: 15

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