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RB Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders

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

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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, 10, 10, 12, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 23, 23, 38, 43
Overall Redraft - 39, 16, 22, 27, 29, 29, 29, 31, 36, 37, 38, 46, 49, 51, 51, 56
RB Redraft PPR - 18, 10, 10, 10, 14, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 20, 20, 20, 21, 24, 25, 40, 42, 43
Overall Redraft PPR - 44, 24, 27, 29, 29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 44, 48, 49, 53, 56, 58, 60
RB Dynasty - 46, 26, 30, 39

Stats and Projections

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2014 SEA 16 280 1306 13 48 37 367 4 2
2015 SEA 7 111 417 3 21 13 80 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 222 * * 29 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 14 225 * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 215 * * 35 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 212 * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 34
RB: 13
Overall-PPR: 41
RB-PPR: 15

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Latest News

Raiders | Marshawn Lynch brings new dimension to Oakland's offense (Mon Jun 26, 08:09 PM) - Adam Woodard, from USA Today, reports Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch can bring a new dimension to the offense in 2017. From 2011 to 2014, Lynch had four consecutive seasons with over 1,200 yards rushing. After 'retiring' in 2016, Lynch is back in the NFL and in his hometown of Oakland. If Lynch is as productive as he used to be, his presence will open things up for Derek Carr and the passing game.

Our View: The last time we saw Lynch, he was trudging through an injury-shortened 2015 season with the Seahawks. He only played in 7 games and had a 3.8 YPC average on 111 carries. After taking the year off, Lynch should be refreshed and ready to go. This is the best offensive line he's ever been behind, and that's a scary thought for defenses tasked with stopping him. The AFC West is tough, but Lynch is unlikely to see stacked boxes as the Raiders passing game is so proficient. Lynch is RB10 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Tennessee Titans
2vs New York Jets
3@ Washington Redskins
4@ Denver Broncos
5vs Baltimore Ravens
6vs Los Angeles Chargers
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Buffalo Bills
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Denver Broncos
13vs New York Giants
14@ Kansas City Chiefs
15vs Dallas Cowboys
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
17@ Los Angeles Chargers