| Running Back, Seattle Seahawks
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|Draft: 2007 Round 1 (12)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 215 DOB: 1986-04-22 Age: 28
||BUF | SEA
|Considered a mid-tier to low-end RB3 heading into the season, Lynch turned in his best season as a pro in 2011, finishing the year with career-highs in rushing yards (1,204) and rushing touchdowns (12). He also recorded his best season as a receiver since the 2008 season, catching 28 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. A talented player whose maturity and dedication were questioned in the past, Lynch emerged as the Seahawks best player and a team leader who earned his “Beast Mode” moniker with several thundering runs over the past two seasons. He was arguably the biggest fantasy surprise at running back, finishing the year ranked fifth overall on the back of a outstanding finish to the season. He was the second ranked running back from Week 9 until the end of the season, gaining 941 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground over his final nine games. Surprisingly given the state of the team’s offense, Lynch was one of the most consistent fantasy producers at running back, finding the end zone in ten of his 15 games and registering double digit fantasy points ten times. A big payday this off-season and an arrest for DUI in July (that may result in a suspension) are red flags that could impact his fantasy value in 2012. Consider him a lower tier RB1 or upper tier RB2 but lower those expectations if his DUI results in a suspension.
Comment: Lynch was arrested July 14th and charged with suspicion of DUI. Given his past violations of the NFL's conduct code, there's a chance he could face suspension.
|Marshawn Lynch cleared by police -- Thu Aug 14 7:00 am --|
Seahwaks RB was in hotel room at time of incident
|Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an assault and property damage accusation, the Bellevue, Washington, police department said Wednesday night. The Seahawks called the accusation "bogus" in a one-sentence statement Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch was under investigation for an assault and battery claim but wasn't even at the scene. He was in the team hotel room at the time of the incident. Nothing to see here. Lynch remains a back-end Round 1 fantasy running back.
|Marshawn Lynch may play Friday -- Wed Aug 13 2:08 pm --|
First game since ending holdout
|Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during an appearance on KJR-AM this morning that tailback Marshawn Lynch may play Friday in the team’s second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
“You may see a little bit of Marshawn in this game,” Carroll said. “We”ll see how this week wraps up.”
FF Today's Take: Marshawn Lynch probably won't see too many carries against the Chargers if he does play. Nonetheless, it is a good sign to see him in shape and ready to get after it on the field after holding out. 'Beast Mode' is also being investigated over allegations of a potential assault this past weekend but police have not formally linked the Seahawks running back to the incident. Fantasy owners should certainly check back for updates but for now he remains a first round investment on draft day.
|Seahawks call Lynch allegations "bogus" -- Tue Aug 12 5:15 pm --|
Police investigation continues
|Allegations of assault and personal property damage made against star running back Marshawn Lynch are “bogus,” the Seahawks said Tuesday. “While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,’’ the statement read. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch was reportedly being investigated yesterday for an incident that allegedly occurred early Sunday morning. At this point there is no real information about Lynch's involvement and thus no reason to panic. The investigation by police continues.
|Marshawn Lynch under investigation -- Mon Aug 11 4:30 pm --|
Alleged assault and personal property damage
|Bellevue police officers are investigating Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch after receiving an “allegation of an assault and personal property damage” from a female victim at a Bellevue apartment, according to a news release from the department.
According to police, the alleged incident was reported to have occurred early Sunday morning, but “no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation.” Bellevue police have assigned the case to a detective and it is under investigation.
FF Today's Take: Lynch doesn't exactly have a spotless off-field record, so owners shouldn't dismiss this report until the authorities do the same. Likely in his final season with the Seahawks, any missed time by Lynch would result in a spike of playing time - and fantasy stock - for Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.
|Lynch to end holdout, report to camp -- Thu Jul 31 5:45 pm --|
Will not receive a new deal
|Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will end his holdout and will report to training camp shortly, league sources said. The holdout has lasted eight days so far.
Lynch will not be receiving the new deal and added money he sought, but Seattle is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract, sources said. (ABC News)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch is in the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal. With Christine Michael and, to a lesser extent Robert Turbin and Spencer Ware, in reserve, Lynch had virtually no leverage and may be coming around to the realization that the Seahawks will likely be moving on from him after this season.
|Lynch expected to holdout of training camp -- Thu Jul 24 7:10 pm --|
Seahwaks set to begin camp on Friday
|When the Seahawks begin training camp tomorrow, running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent.
That’s according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network and said on-air moments ago that Lynch will hold out.
“Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked,” Robinson said. “He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks.” (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Lynch has two years left on his deal and is set to make $5 million this season and $5.5 million in 2015. He skipped OTAs but reported to minicamp in June. Given his reasonable salary and the depth of players behind him (Christine Michael & Robert Turbin), it's hard to imagine the Seahawks caving to his demands.
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