The backfield situation in Seattle has been about as appetizing for fantasy enthusiasts as the free sushi they were giving away at the gas station a few weeks back. I will leave you to decide which one was more nauseating. But both produced similar results.
The Seahawks have run through a who’s who of irrelevant fantasy running backs in recent years since the Madden Curse took down Shaun Alexander — Justin Forsett, Julius Jones, and … Curt Warner. Alright, it only seems like Warner was in the mix.
But can that all change with Marshawn Lynch?
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says that Lynch could have a large role this week. What’s good to note here is that coaches never lie or offer a misdirection about their intentions. Those of you who started Ryan Mathews last week feel me on this.
But, Carroll does not have a lot of options here. Matt Hasselbeck has scored the team’s only rushing touchdown this season. So it has to be Lynch by default. Just do not expect a whole lot the first week.
Lynch is a solid No. 2 running back this week, thanks to a strong matchup against the Bears, who rank third defensively against the run. I also see Lynch as a strong option in the long term, especially with a number of favorable matchups looming against the NFC West opponents.
– Adam Rank