RB Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders
|5-10, 223||Born: 4-22-1986||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Great matchup. Oakland has been a below-average rushing offense this season, ranking 25th in rushing yards (101.5 per game) and 28th in rushing touchdowns (0.5 per game). Veteran Doug Mar-tin is the clear lead back with Jalen Richard serving almost exclusively as a third-down back. Martin was able to play through a knee injury last week to carry 16 times for 32 yards and a touchdown against a stout Pittsburgh run defense. While Martin has been solid, he has been unable to break off any big runs and at nearly 30-years old doesn't seem to have the same burst he did early in his career. One of the few strengths of this Raiders team has been the interior of the offensive line but injuries have struck in a big way. Top guard Kelechi Osemele missed last week with a toe injury and is questionable to suit up in Week 15. His backup, Jon Feliciano, was capable in relief but suffered a calf injury late in the game last week and has been placed on injured reserve. The other starting guard, Gabe Jackson, suffered an elbow injury last week and is also listed as questionable for Week 15. The Bengals defense is dead last in the league in rushing yards allowed (148.1 per game). Cincinnati has also allowed at least one touchdown to a running back in 12 straight games and rank 30th in the league, giving up 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game on the season. After getting torched by Phillip Lindsay in Week 13, the Bengals held up surprisingly well against the Melvin Gordon-less Chargers rushing attack last week, allowing just 78 combined rushing yards to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Vontaze Burfict missed the game with an injury but it may have been addition by subtraction because Burfict has been a shell of the player he once was and may miss this week again. Nick Vigil made his return to the lineup in Week 13 and gave the rush defense a big boost. He has been far and away the best linebacker on the team this season. This is still a defense that is one that is one of if not the worst in the league as outside of Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap this team has very little talent.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Marshawn Lynch's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (13 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Aside from a dropped pass where he just took his eye off of the ball, Lynch played fine. There were a couple classic Lynch runs where he was hit near the line and still somehow pushed forward for a gain of five yards. However, even when he was able to push the pile, it was still just for a minimal gain because he was consistently being hit near the line or in the backfield. Lynch popped off a 13-yard run off of right tackle early in the second half but otherwise didn't gain more than 5 yards on any of his runs. From a fantasy perspective, the lone positive for Lynch is that he was still on the field even when the Raiders were down big in the second half. In previous weeks, the Raiders went almost exclusively with Jalen Richard in these game scripts. Perhaps his continued involvement late was just resignation on the part of the team that a comeback wasn't going to happen and instead of really going into the two-minute offense, they decided to try get out of London with Derek Carr in one piece.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Lynch ran hard early and was able to consistently rip off small chunks of yards in on each run in the first quarter. He had a goal-to-go carry blown dead due to a false start. He left the field looking extremely frustrated after Carr threw an interception on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Those are the type of situations where calling Lynch's number should be automatic. Unfortunately, Lynch is game-script dependent and barely saw the field in the second half with the Raiders down big.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (20 / 130 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
It was a vintage performance from Lynch, who ran with extreme power and physicality the entire game. The terrible officiating was a theme throughout the day and it bit Marshawn Lynch on a second-quarter run. He broke outside and a defender had a couple arms on him but it looked like Lynch was about to break free from the tackle for a long gain, maybe even a 70+ yard touchdown. However, the refs blew the play dead prematurely, leaving Lynch with a gain of just six yards. Lynch had a nice catch and run on a gain of 17. He made a sharp cut after the short catch to make the first defender miss and then pinballed through attempted tackles at the end of the run. Lynch broke off a 52-yard run on a pitch to the left sideline. He followed a pair of outstanding blocks by Martavis Bryant down the left sideline and showed solid speed to get the corner.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 64 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Lynch took on a workhorse role and again managed 20+ touches. As always, he ran hard and was often able to earn an extra yard while muscling through contact. However, there was nothing easy and Lynch's longest run of the day went for just nine yards. Lynch leaped over the top for a 1-yard touchdown on one third-and-goal chance. He also had a reception on a third-and-goal screen, but the Dolphins read it well and stopped him well short of the end zone. Lynch's best play of the game was a 14-yard reception. He caught the ball eight yards downfield and violently ran over a defender to pick up a few extra yards. The picture of what to expect from Lynch looks pretty clear. He is getting solid volume and has cashed in on a short-yardage touchdown each of the first three weeks. But he has averaged between 3.4 and 3.7 yards per carry in each game, so the yardage totals have been underwhelming.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (18 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
With a more favorable game script, the Raiders were able to feed Lynch for four quarters. He touched the ball 20 times but wasn't efficient, averaging under 3.5 yards per touch. He started off the game strong, with a powerful 6-yard run on the first play of the game where he carried two defenders for a few extra yard. Later on the opening drive, he broke through a big hole on the right side before being tripped up after a 10-yard gain. If he could have broken the shoestring tackle, he would have galloped for a 43-yard touchdown. Lynch had a 31-yard run called back due a holding penalty on a receiver blocking downfield. It was his most impressive run of the day. He dodged a defender in the backfield and was able to get to the outside and stiff arm a defender to pick up extra yards. Both of Lynch's targets came inside the 10-yard line. He nearly scored on a 7-yard catch but came up a yard short. He was able to punch it in two plays later, leaping over the pile for his second touchdown of the season.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (11 / 41 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Things couldn't have started better for Lynch and the Raiders. He carried the ball 4 times for 19 yards on the opening drive and also had a short catch, touching the ball on 5 of the first 7 plays. He capped it off with one of the toughest 10-yard touchdown runs you will ever see. Lynch was stood up at the five-yard line with a man clinging to one leg and he just kept churning his legs until the offensive linemen arrived to give him a push. He stayed on his feet and helped push the pile forward into the end zone. It was the type of tone-setting run that makes Lynch more valuable than his stats may suggest. Doug Martin came in and took all of the snaps on the second drive. Lynch came back out for the third drive and touched the ball four times on a long field goal drive. After those two drives, Lynch was barely used. He touched the ball just 4 times in the final 44 minutes of the game. The plan seemed to be to rotate Lynch and Martin every other series while also using Jalen Richard on obvious passing downs, in the two-minute offense, and when trailing. Perplexingly, the move to Richard came with the Raiders down just one score and 20 minutes still to play and Lynch played just 36% of the snaps.
Latest NewsRaiders | Marshawn Lynch won't return in 2018 (Thu Dec 6, 07:58 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) will not come off injured reserve after the team designated OT Donald Penn to return, which is their maximum second player off IR. link to story
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