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RB Marshawn Lynch - Seattle Seahawks

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

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Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will hold out of training camp. Lynch and the organization are at a stalemate in talks regarding a new deal. Lynch wants top-three money for the position, while team officials are unwilling to give him a new deal, believing he is paid adequately.

Summary

Marshawn Lynch has been a top-five fantasy running back in each of the past three seasons. The former Buffalo Bill came into his own after being traded to the Seahawks. He's been the featured runner in a run-heavy offense, and his one-cut style of running is a perfect fit in Seattle. If he maintains the same workload in 2014, there's a good chance he'll maintain his fantasy value as well. The 28-year-old is reaching a stage in his career when many running backs begin to slow down, however, and Lynch has a couple of running backs behind him with strong potential. It's possible that he'll be spelled more often to keep him from wearing down over the course of the season; and if so, his fantasy production will suffer. Lynch will cost $9 million under the salary cap in 2015, so his role with the team beyond this season is uncertain. If the Seahawks are considering moving on from him after 2014, they may get Robert Turbin and Christine Michael significant playing time this year to help with their evaluation and with the possible transition. A further complication is that Lynch failed to report to training camp, as he is holding out for more favorable contractual terms. It is hard to envision Lynch gaining anything from extending his holdout into the regular season, so expect the issue to be resolved before he misses any games. Still, his holdout may give Turbin or Michael the chance to impress the coaching staff and enlarge their offensive roles at Lynch's expense. (July 29)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 6, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11
Overall Redraft - 11, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 18
RB Redraft PPR - 8, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15
Overall Redraft PPR - 15, 6, 8, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 25, 25, 26, 29, 32, 38
RB Dynasty - 12, 7, 10, 10, 12, 16, 17
Overall Dynasty - 35, 29, 30, 37, 48, 51

Stats and Projections

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2011 SEA 15 285 1204 12 41 28 212 1
2012 SEA 16 315 1590 11 34 23 196 1
2013 SEA 16 301 1257 12 44 36 316 2 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 250 * * 26 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 280 * * 27 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 280 * * 28 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 249 * * 37 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 9
RB: 6
Overall-PPR: 17
RB-PPR: 9

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Latest News

Seahawks | Big stalemate in Marshawn Lynch talks (Thu Jul 24, 07:51 PM) - Updating a previous story, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and the organization are at a stalemate in talks regarding a new deal. Lynch wants top-three money for the position, while team officials are unwilling to give him a new deal, believing he is paid adequately. Lynch showed up for minicamp workouts only to avoid being fined.

Our View: Currently Lynch ranks 7th in the NFL for average annual salary of running backs at $7.5 million. In order to get into top-3 money, Lynch would need an average annual salary around $9 million. It's not that big of a leap for Seattle, but they seem unwilling to commit that much financially at this time.

Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch holding out (Thu Jul 24, 07:06 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will hold out of training camp, according to a source.

Our View: Uh oh. The Seahawks have been spending most of this offseason praising backup Christine Michael, and now they will go with him as the lead back while Lynch is out. Lynch is scheduled to make $5.5 million, which is a fair salary considering his age and mileage. We doubt the Seahawks act quickly the way the Chiefs did when Jamaal Charles was going to hold out. Michael's ADP is likely to rise with this news.
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Seahawks | Christine Michael doing well (Sun Jul 20, 04:22 PM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael's work this spring has done nothing to dismiss the thought that he will receive regular carries this season.

Our View: Michael is a potential stud as a future starter for the Seahawks. If healthy, he has jackhammers for legs, a great initial burst and the vision/athleticism to create his own space. Michael will work as the primary backup behind Marshawn Lynch this year. If Lynch gets banged up and has to miss time, Michael is the guy to take over as the team's starter. Fantasy owners who are into handcuffing their first-round RB should look to Michael. His current ADP is RB43 (10.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch likely to see bulk of load (Thu Jul 17, 10:07 AM) - Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who averaged 18.8 carries game last season, is expected to be scaled back some this year. However, he's still expected to receive 15 or 16 carries per game with RB Christine Michael filling in at times.

Our View: This is how Seattle got to the Super Bowl last year. They lean on Lynch and let him soften up opposing defenses. Michael is the handcuff for Lynch, and he's got starter's ability if he were to ever get a shot as a full-time back. Lynch has a current ADP of RB8 (2.03) while Michael is RB43 (10.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2014 Schedule

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2@ San Diego Chargers
3vs Denver Broncos
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6vs Dallas Cowboys
7@ St. Louis Rams
8@ Carolina Panthers
9vs Oakland Raiders
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11@ Kansas City Chiefs
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13@ San Francisco 49ers
14@ Philadelphia Eagles
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