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| Prior to the signing of Marshawn Lynch, the DeAndre Washington hype train for 2017 was in full effect. The 5'8" back was effective as a rookie, rushing for an impressive 5.4 yards per carry while entrenched in a running back by committee fantasy nightmare alongside Latavius Murray and Jalen Richard. Murray was the lead dog in that backfield but did miss some time in the middle of the season. During that time, it was Washington who saw his snaps increase most significantly, nearly out-snapping Richard by a 2-to-1 ratio while Murray was out. Lynch will almost certainly see the lion's share of the early down snaps for the Raiders in 2017 and while Richard is better suited to handle passing down duties, it could be Washington who is really the "handcuff" to Lynch if there is one to be had. This means that while Richard will likely outscore Washington on the season, Washington's upside might actually be higher. Either way, this situation is unpredictable and there's a good chance that both Washington and Richard will go undrafted in many leagues.
|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.