Michael, Turbin battling for touches: One thing is certain in Seattle: Marshawn Lynch is the primary running back. But who’s his backup? That’s still up for debate, according to Danny O’Neil at MYNorthwest.com. Robert Turbin entered the season as the de facto No. 2 option, but hasn’t had the best preseason. Meanwhile, rookie Christine Michael has had some standout performances and is pushing Turbin for the job. When it comes to handcuffs, Seattle’s doesn’t have a ton of value — the second-leading rusher in 2012 was Russell Wilson — but little value shouldn’t be confused with no value. Whoever wins this job is worth an end-of-draft look.
Powell unsteady for Jets: For now, Bilal Powell is the No. 2 running back of choice for the New York Jets. But his hold on that spot could be loosening if he doesn’t pull thing together. There are reports that Powell has dropped passes and struggled in pass protection. He does have some time to figure it out with Mike Goodson suspended for the first four games of the season. However, if things don’t get better, Goodson could easily displace Powell. Just one more bit of fantasy confusion coming out of Florham Park.
Manuel still not throwing: While it’s not definitive, it’s looking more likely that Jeff Tuel will be the Bills’ starting quarterback when the regular season kicks off. Rookie EJ Manuel has yet to start throwing as he recovers from a preseason knee injury. Head coach Doug Marrone says Manuel will need to be on the practice field by Wednesday to have a realistic shot at playing against the Patriots in Week 1. This shouldn’t greatly affect where you’re drafting Manuel — if you’re drafting him at all — since there’s no chance he’s going to be your fantasy starter. It’s just not a great way to start your pro career.
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