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RB Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks

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

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Quick fantasy outlook: Marshawn Lynch was a first-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2007, and was traded to the Seahawks during his fourth season in the league. He has been a great fit in the Seattle offense, and was a top-five fantasy RB in each of the last two seasons. Lynch is known for his intense running style: he runs with relentless effort and determination, using sheer will to keep his balance and moving forward after contact. With the Seahawks' addition of WR Percy Harvin to keep defenses honest, Lynch should face fewer eight-man fronts this season and another top-five fantasy finish is a realistic possibiliy. But there are concerns. First, Lynch has suffered back spams for several seasons now. While they did not cause him to miss an regular season games in 2012 (and caused him to miss only one game in 2011), they frequently limited him in practice and caused him to be listed as questionable nearly every week. Second, Lynch has a June trial date for a DUI he was arrested for last year. If he is convicted, he'll face a two-game suspension to start the year. Third, Lynch has struggled with ball control, and now that the team has terrific depth at running back (in Robert Turbin and rookie Christine Michael), a poorly timed fumble could open the door for another back to steal carries. All that said, Lynch's proven track record and upside potential will ensure that he's off the board by the middle of the first round in most fantasy drafts.

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