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| An undrafted rookie seemingly stuck behind two other young tailbacks on the Oakland roster, few could have predicted that Jalen Richard would provide the pop as he did in 2016. Richard finished the season with a whopping 5.9 yards per carry average - good enough for second in the NFL among running backs - and was also a productive receiver out of the backfield. While he never carried the ball more than 10 times in a single game and only scored three total touchdowns on the season, Richard was able to provide six double-digit PPR days to his fantasy owners. It appeared as if Richard may have a significant role increase in 2017 when Latavius Murray left in the offseason, but the addition of Marshawn Lynch certainly hurts the upside of both Richard and fellow second-year back DeAndre Washington. Richard's role in the offense shouldn't change substantially, however, as Lynch has never been a great pass catcher. Look for Richard to approach 40 catches this season which, combined with a handful of carries each week, should give him some low-end flex appeal in PPR formats, especially in games when the Raiders fall behind on the scoreboard.
|Marshawn Lynch suspended one game|
Making contact with an official
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 20, 7:30 pm
|Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has been suspended without pay for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct in Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he made contact with a referee.
The referee was diffusing an active confrontation in which Lynch was not a participant. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch came running from the sidelines to insert himself into a scrum between Raiders and Chiefs players and in the process grabbed and pushed an official. Assuming this case isn't appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, Lynch will miss Week 8 against Buffalo. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will likely split the RB workload in Lynch's absence.
|DeAndre Washington clear No.2 RB in Oakland|
"Getting all second-team RB reps"
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 4, 2:07 pm
|One thing that is flying under radar: DeAndre Washington getting all second-team RB reps over Richard. (Vic Tafur on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Marshawn Lynch is the default top running back in Oakland but given his age and hiatus from the game, Washington makes for an interesting late-round dart through in redraft leagues. Currently he has the leg up on Jalen Richard for backup duties behind Lynch.