Fantasy Football Profile: Marshawn Lynch
Well, Marshawn Lynch’s three-games suspension was upheld so you’re looking at 12 games of fantasy production from Beast Mode. The good news is he’ll be there at the end of the season when it counts the most. The suspension should drop him in drafts to at least the third round so he could end up being a great value. There are some major concerns with Lynch though, other than the suspension. The offseason addition of Dominic Rhodes means that the Bills will have three capable RBs, along with Fred Jackson. While Lynch should remain the lead back, clearly the other two will cut into his production. As long as he gets the ball at the stripe, he should be fine. That’s where the other problem lies. The Bills also added Terrell Owens, who puts up TDs in a hurry. If Lynch is sharing his yardage with Jackson and Rhodes and TDs with T.O., that diminishes his fantasy value dramatically.
Lynch misses one of the Bills’ best matchups in Week 3 when they face New Orleans. Playing in the AFC East he has a pretty tough schedule. They also draw Carolina, Houston, Tennessee, and Jacksonville. They open the fantasy playoffs with a favorable matchup against Kansas City, followed by New England and Atlanta.
The odds seem to be stacked against Lynch this year. He’s missing three games, will share yards and TDs, and if he messes up one more time, he’ll be done for the year. Plus, if Buffalo is successful without him, they may ease him back to the rotation slowly. He’s a tough one to put numbers to, but I’m guessing he has 1000 total yards and 6 TDs.