NFL fantasy football: Marshawn Lynch facing suspension?

Downed bird? Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on Saturday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Lynch will be subject to NFL discipline, especially since this is not his first run-in with the law. The veteran back was suspended by the league for three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. With his future now in limbo, Lynch should drop out of consideration as a No. 1 RB in fantasy leagues. Depending on who gains the edge during training camp, Robert Turbin and Leon Washington stand to benefit most if Lynch is forced to miss significant time.

First offense: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on a domestic violence charge Monday. Though this isn’t the first time he’s had off-field issues, this is the first time he has ever been arrested. The complaint filed by Bryant’s mother, alleges that he “got upset during a verbal argument and grabbed mother by her shirt and hair and hit her in the face with ball cap.” Just how harsh the discipline will be from the league is unknown, but the uncertainty should drop Bryant’s fantasy value to that of a No. 3 or 4 wide receiver in drafts. Miles Austin will be the go-to guy if Bryant misses any time, bolstering his value as a No. 2 fantasy wideout. Kevin Ogletree and Danny Coale could see increase in playing time as well.

Ravenous satisfaction: Running back Ray Rice signed a five-year, $35 million dollar contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday. Following Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte as two of the biggest names to sign before the deadline. Rice is coming off a career season, rushing for 1,364 yards and 12 touchdowns. Now that any threats of a holdout have been squashed, fantasy owners can draft him with confidence as their No. 1 RB.

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