Lynch deal improves fantasy RB options

After weeks of rumors, Marshawn Lynch finally has a new place to call home – the Great Northwest.

Lynch was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2011 fourth-round pick and possibly another pick, according to our Jason La Canfora. He should immediately be moved to the top of the depth chart after the team’s Week 5 bye.

Lynch, a former 1,000-yard rusher, is now a viable No. 2 fantasy back. Not only will he see the bulk of the carries for coach Pete Carroll, but Lynch also has a very favorable schedule ahead.

If he’s still a free agent in your league, he needs to be picked up now.

With Lynch now in the mix, Justin Forsett will be reduced to more of a third-down back and no longer warrants starting consideration in fantasy leagues.

In Buffalo, I think Fred Jackson instantly becomes the starter. He’s a talented and underrated back, but his lack of carries in the first four weeks made him waiver-wire fodder in most leagues.

Now he’ll be one of the hottest pickups in fantasy football. In fact, I can see Jackson having flex-starter value the rest of the season.

The Lynch deal is also good news for C.J. Spiller, who will no doubt see more work in the backfield rotation as part of a committee. Like Jackson, Spiller will be a better flex option.

— Michael Fabiano

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