RB Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders
|5-10, 223||Born: 4-22-1986||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Lynch is stuck on the sinking ship that is the Raiders offense. He'll just be depth going into his bye and won't be in our lineups until we see a sharp turnaround in this offense - which may not happen this year. That's only if his groin issue isn't serious, and there are indications that it might be. He's droppable in a pinch.
General News (Wed Oct 17): is expected to undergo MRI to determine the severity of the groin strain he suffered in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters he was hopeful he could still play through the injury but also expressed concern about Lynch's healthy.
General News (Tue Oct 16): could have a long-term issue with his groin ailment, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Week 7: bye week
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 set to undergo MRI (Tue Oct 16, 08:32 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) is expected to undergo MRI to determine the severity of the groin strain he suffered in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Jon Gruden told reporters he was hopeful he could still play through the injury but also expressed concern about Lynch's healthy. link to story Raiders | Concern for Marshawn Lynch (Tue Oct 16, 04:32 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) could have a long-term issue with his groin ailment, according to head coach Jon Gruden. Our View: Keep an eye on this situation during the Raiders Week 7 bye. If Lynch has to miss time due to this injury then Doug Martin would step into a larger role. Jalen Richard is snaring quite a few passes as a receiver out of the backfield (31 catches, 253 yards) so far this year.
link to story Raiders | Marshawn Lynch totals 16 touches (Sun Oct 14, 08:23 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch rushed 13 times for 45 yards in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks in London and he added three receptions for 14 yards. Our View: Lynch is almost impossible to trust in this Raiders offense despite a strong start to the season. He'll be worth carrying through the bye, but more as depth than a dedicated RB2.
link to story Raiders | Week 6 injury report for Oakland (Fri Oct 12, 02:07 PM) - Oakland Raiders OL Kelechi Osemele (knee) and DT Frostee Rucker (neck) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as doubtful for Week 6 versus the Seattle Seahawks. S Karl Joseph (hamstring) was also limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. C Rodney Hudson (ankle), DT Maurice Hurst (shoulder), OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral), LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Marshawn Lynch (hip) and OT Kolton Miller (knee) were all limited in practice Friday but have been removed from the injury report. Our View: The Raiders are already starting rookies at both tackle positions. Osemele being out will hurt the whole offense and make any Raiders hard to feel good about this week.
link to story Raiders | Marshawn Lynch tabbed limited as usual (Thu Oct 11, 07:59 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (hip) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Oct. 11. Our View: Against his former team (Seattle) on Sunday, Lynch should perform like a high upside RB2 for Fantasy GMs.
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