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RB Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): The Seahawks were supposed to get back to basics and feed Lynch against the Rams, but an early lead by the Rams kept them from feeding Beastmode. He'll get his eventually because now defenses have to be hyper-aware of Russell Wilson's running threat.

Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Marshawn Lynch got more work in St. Louis (18/53/0 rushing with 2/18/0 receiving), but didn't produce much more than he did two weeks ago (10/61/0 rushing with 1/1/0 receiving) vs. Dallas. Russell Wilson had the glory touches in this phase of the game last week (7/106/1 rushing) while Lynch ground out the first downs. We'll see if Lynch can call up his 'Beast Mode' in Bank of America Stadium and get back to being the top-tier fantasy back his owners are used to starting. The Panthers' rush D is ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 137.6 yards rushing allowed per game, with eight rushing scores given up to date. Green Bay threw down 30/122/2 rushing vs. Carolina last week; Cincinnati had 31/193/2 rushing against Carolina two games back. This is an excellent matchup for Lynch and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at WAS 17 72 0 6 5 45 1 0
6 vs DAL 10 61 0 2 1 1 0 0
7 at STL 18 53 0 2 2 18 0 0
8 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 3 * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 3 * * *
8 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs WAS (17 / 72 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)

Lynch strangely gave way to Robert Turbin on the opening drive, but after that he looked like his vintage self and got most of the snaps. Early on, he looked great dancing and pushing his way down the middle for a 17 yard gain (which was called back on a penalty however). Soon after, another similar run, with one cutback and he saw daylight for an easy 17 yard gain. After a couple of pedestrian plays, he then ran another 17 yard gain (what is it with these 17 yard gains?). But Lynch had no chance to really get in a rhythm this game, his carries were usually spread far apart as opposed to him dominating a whole drive, which we've become accustomed to seeing. Where he shone against Washington was in the clutch. Late in the game, he got the ball in the red zone and pushed hard for an important short yardage first down. That was followed by a TD catch which Lynch caught in the flat, broke a tackle, and ran into the end zone. At the two minute warning mark, Lynch put the game away with a miraculous catch and run first down - with Wilson facing all kinds of pressure, Lynch not only caught the ball but took it for a ton of extra yardage, 30 yard gain. He has definitely shown more prowess as a pass-catcher lately and seems to be taking over more of the passing downs from Robert Turbin.

2014 Week 6 vs DAL (10 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Lynch had basically no chances in the first half (2-8, plus a screen pass that was stopped short), largely because the Seahawks barely saw the ball. Later, he made an impact with a big 32 yard gain, breaking a couple of tackles along the way. Beyond that, Lynch looked decent but was kept in check by a surprisingly good defense. He had one target in the passing game, a screen pass that was nipped in the bud as soon as he caught the ball.

2014 Week 7 vs STL (18 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Lynch could have had a much better line, but had a touchdown called back, as well as an 18 yard gain. In the first half, he got stuffed a little too often, but came out in the second like a man on a mission and ran with incredible power. The Rams got off to an early lead, so that limited Lynch's role for some of the game but he was still leaned on pretty heavily under the circumstances. As long as the Seahawks can regain their form (and there is no reason why they shouldn't) then Lynch is all set to become an even larger part of the game plan going forward.


Latest News

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch returns to practice (Thu Oct 23, 08:37 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury related) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after being given the day off Wednesday.

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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch rests Wednesday (Wed Oct 22, 07:56 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: This happens every week with Lynch. He'll practice later in the week and be good to go on Sunday.
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch should play (Fri Oct 17, 04:39 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch back at practice (Thu Oct 16, 09:46 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury related) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 16, after being given the day off Wednesday.

Our View: Same as it ever was. Lynch gets a day off here and there. It's only veteran rest and nothing for fantasy owners to worry about.
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch to be fed more (Thu Oct 16, 10:31 AM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch had 10 carries in Week 6, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he needs to do a better job of getting Lynch the ball. 'The fantasy owners… I'm not a fantasy owner. I don't care about anyone's (fantasy) points. But I do care about us winning the game. And Marshawn is a huge key for us winning the game. And I have to do a better job of giving him the ball.'

Our View: The Seahawks ditched the run last week and that didn't work out too well. We have him as an RB1 (and a high one as well) and feel that Bevell will not let fantasy owners down again, even if he doesn't care about our teams.
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