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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 suspension upheld|
Raiders RB will miss Week 8
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Oct 24, 11:30 am
|The NFL has upheld its one-game suspension of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for making physical contract with an official, the league announced Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch's appeal was denied. He will serve his one-game suspension this week, meaning DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will handle running back duties against the Bills. Expect both to split backfield duties making them Flex plays only in Week 8.