Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
|RB - #11||25.00||SEA||Probable||9 years||28||5'11||215||@MoneyLynch|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-14-2014 by Brad Kruse
KINDA BEASTMODE: Lynch is a volume runner who became more involved in the passing game last year. Excluding the postseason, he ran the ball 901 times over the last three years. Not many backs are asked to carry that kind of load. That's about 19 carries per game. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 11.7 TDs per season over that same span. With Lynch, fantasy owners are selecting a very solid running back who is likely to carry a majority of the touches once again. In OTAs, we've heard rumors of Seattle going toward more of a committee approach to get Christine Michael more involved. Over the last three years, there was an average of 119 carries given to other backs. Michael can handle the bulk of those to prove he's ready to elevate himself as a starter in 2015. Lynch is not likely to fall back too far in carries though as long as health never becomes an issue. His floor seems pretty solid. There are some downsides to Lynch; His age (younger and more athletic backs around his average draft position) and a long history of backs who wore down around this stage of their career or had to find new creative ways to stay productive. Lynch isn't at the end of his career, not yet anyway; however, the end is much closer than his beginning. The former Cal back is a safe, but low-end RB1 this year. Due to his below-average pass-receiving totals, some may prefer to grab a big-time WR1 in the second-half of the first round of redraft leagues in both standard and PPR.
Will today's Super Bowl mark Marshawn Lynch's final game as a Seahawk? Not if he takes what's reportedly waiting on the table. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Seattle has extended a "monster contract extension" to Lynch that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for the rest of his career. The deal is thought to make Lynch the league's second-richest running back in terms of annual average value, trailing only Adrian Peterson. It would also include a $10 million salary for 2015 alone. Lynch is currently scheduled to make $5 million next season, the final one on his current contract.
Including the playoffs thus far, Lynch has run for 1,522 yards on 319 carries and has scored 18 total touchdowns this year.
A parting of the ways or a retirement. For months, those were seen as the two most likely scenarios for the Seahawks and Lynch. Now, it would almost be a surprise if the mercurial one didn't return to Seattle. He's hinted at hanging 'em up in each of the past two seasons, but perhaps even he can't turn down the amount of money the Seahawks are reportedly willing to drop on him.
Lynch will turn 29 in April and has averaged 345 carries over the past three years if you include his work during the postseason. At some point, Beast Mode is going to break down from all of that work. While many contract particulars are still unknown, it feels like the Seahawks are paying Lynch for what he has already done for them much more than what he will do. Without an opt-out clause after a couple of seasons, this could turn into a ball-and-chain deal for a franchise that has a very smart front office. But it's good news for Lynch's fantasy value. With so much money soon to be invested in him, expect the Seahawks to continue to use him until the wheels finally fall off. And for what it's worth, Lynch's 2014 performance didn't foreshadow any kind of rapid downfall.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors2/1 - Report: Seahawks have offered RB Marshawn Lynch a 'monster contract extension'
1/19 - Seahawks might bring back RB Marshawn Lynch. Or he could retire after Super Bowl
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|2.09||FFMagicMan - The reports of Lynch's demise are greatly exaggerated. Seattle ain't fixing what ain't broken.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|2.07||Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz - I was surprised by the comments after my selection of Marshawn Lynch. Apparently Dr.Roto was speaking about him earlier in the day and made a strong case that Lynch could be a potential bust in 2014. I don?t see it; Beastmode should have another strong season, especially since he?s gaining traction as an RB that can catch passes out of the backfield from time to time. Last season Lynch had 36 receptions for 316 yards and 2 scores. Add that to his huge 1200+ yards and 12TD?s on the ground and he?s a nice add as my RB1. Just in case you do think Lynch?s going to crumble into a million rainbow colored skittle pieces, check out my later picks.|
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