Marshawn Lynch is a Seattle Seahawk once again. He agreed to a deal with Seattle following the direction to visit the team on Monday of Week 17. The move comes after the Seahawks lost both Chris Carson and CJ Prosise to injury in Week 16. Seattle would have had to roll with Travis Homer running back to Week 17 in a huge game against the 49ers on Sunday Night Football if not for Lynch’s signing. Seattle also returned to Robert Turbin on Monday.
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Week 17 Getting Started or Doing It: Marshawn Lynch
We will probably have a better idea as the week continues on Lynch’s role on Sunday night. But you can’t imagine that he decided to re-cast the wedges once again to take on a secondary role in Homer. At least in the early downs, it seems likely that Lynch will get the majority of those transferred.
There are two things that need to be determined when deciding the viability of Lynch’s game in Week 17 fantasy championships: his ability, which we can’t really read, along with the defense he plays.
Let’s start with what we have a better sense of – the 49ers have left the third few fantasy spots to run back in 2019. That includes keeping the Falcons and Rams in less than 100 rushing yards back-to-weeks. It’s not a big matchup in that sense, though a San Francisco dressed up team is conceptually not as strong defensively as it was early in the season.
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As for Lynch’s ability, it’s hard to say whether the 33-year-old still has it. In the 2018 season with Auckland, the average was 4.2 yards per rush, which is helpful if you could promise that amount in Week 17. Not much of a threat at this point – Seattle would have most likely still have Homer handle this role after hitting 6 of 8 goals in Week 16.
Lynch is definitely worth taking on the resignation wire. Especially as the only league game in Week 17, it will provide good security for any unexpected inactivity earlier on Sunday. It is very difficult to plan to play it unless there are definite reports of its use coming out during the week. If you could get 15 touches from Lynch in Week 17, even against the ‘Niners, this would be a FLEX game.