NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks are “very interested” in a potential deal involving Marshawn Lynch. If you’re a fantasy owner, you have to hope this comes to fruition.
Lynch has had more than his share of off-field issues, but he is a talented runner and would be a perfect fit for the zone-blocking scheme the Seahawks utilize. He’d almost certainly emerge as the starter for coach Pete Carroll and share the workload with Justin Forsett and Leon Washington (when healthy).
I think the trade would leave Julius Jones on the outside looking in.
While Lynch wouldn’t be a true featured back, playing for the Seahawks would make him much more attractive in fantasy football drafts. Right now he’s worth a late-round flier, but in Seattle he’d have middle-round appeal.
The biggest winner of this potential deal, though, would be Fred Jackson, an underrated runner who would no longer be in danger of losing carries in Buffalo.
Sure, Jackson would still share some of the workload with C.J. Spiller. But Spiller has a more specialized skill set, and will not only see time in the backfield, but will also be lined up as a receiver and see time as a return man on special teams.
If Lynch is out of the mix, Jackson would be guaranteed a very prominent role for coach Chan Gailey. That would make him a more attractive low-end No. 2 fantasy option on draft day.