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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.
|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.
|Marshawn Lynch to see around 200 carries?|
Beast Mode may replicate Latavius Murray's workload
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 24, 8:20 pm
|How much does Marshawn Lynch have left in his 31-year-old body after taking a year off? The depth at running back means he won’t have to shoulder a huge load. Something in the range of the 195 carries Latavius Murray had last year should suffice, perhaps less if both DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard see an increase. (The Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: For some reason, early drafters seem to have assumed Lynch would be a featured back, taking him in the middle of the second round on average. The Raiders were obviously happy with the arrangement last season, outside of Murray's inefficiency, so it would be surprising if the Raiders ran Lynch into the ground, especially after a year off. Owners should consider him as a RB2 at best somewhere in the fourth-round area.