Keep tabs on Lynch, Marshall before NFL draft

To say that the NFL’s offseason has been rampant would be an understatement.

Big-name fantasy players like Donovan McNabb, LaDainian Tomlinson and Anquan Boldin find themselves with new teams, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Marshall join them in the weeks to come.

Lynch, once considered a No. 1 fantasy running back, has seen his off-field issues affect his playing time and fantasy value with the Bills. The fact that Fred Jackson has proven to be such a viable NFL starter hasn’t helped, either.

In the event that Lynch is traded, Jackson’s draft appeal will rise in all formats. He’s currently the No. 20 running back on my board, and I can see him moving into the top 15 if he earns more of a featured role.

The Broncos are still looking to deal Marshall, and NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi thinks talks will heat up in the two weeks leading up to the draft. Right now, it appears the Seahawks are the most likely suitor. Whether they’ll part with one of their two first-round picks in a trade remains to be seen.

If Marshall does land in the Pacific Northwest, it would have a domino effect across the fantasy landscape.

The value of Kyle Orton and T.J. Houshmandzadeh would take a significant hit, and Deion Branch would likely wind up on the trade block. On the flip side, Matt Hasselbeck, Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney would see a spike in fantasy value.

Dealing Marshall could also make the Broncos more apt to draft Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant with the No. 11 overall pick. As you can tell, the scenarios are endless.

Stay tuned…

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