SMITTY: This isn’t a big issue, as the calf injury isn’t likely to keep him out of Week 11. Marshawn Lynch is a top 5RB moving forward, but his future in Seattle is very, very questionable. This should have the Seahawks giving Christine Michael more and more run just to test drive him. But, that’s good for both Lynch and Michael owners, as it keeps Lynch fresh, and it gives Seattle a look at their potential 2015 starter. Dynasty owners should be excited about Michael’s future, but a lot of things have to happen for him to start in Seattle in 2015, so just keep that in mind if you are a non-Michael owner and you’re trying to join the party late. It’s never wise to buy-high on such players, as then you’re buying all kinds of risk. These players are only worth buying low. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Update: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on Friday that Marshawn Lynch (calf) is ready for Week 10 against the Giants. The below info still applies regarding the handcuffs, and again, he is a top 5-10RB whenever starting for the Seahawks. However, his future in Seattle is questionable at best, so at some point this year, even if it’s in Weeks 16 and 17, you have to think the team will test drive Christine Michael a bit.
Previous Post:: It doesn’t sound like a big issue, but we will certainly keep you posted on this one via both our news wire right here and our Smart Alerts. If ready to rumble, and we fully expect that in Week 10 (at this point), the stud is a top 5-10RB start. He is a top 5-10 start weekly when healthy. If you can manage it roster space-wise, all Lynch owners should own both Robert Turbin and Christine Michael (unless of course you’re in a league with small rosters). Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Marshawn Lynch appears in no danger of missing Week 3 — He is a top 4-7RB play in Week 3. All Beast Mode owners should own his back-ups (Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, or at least one if in a smaller league), as Lynch is one of the most aggressive rushers in the league, and he has a ton of milage. He could make it through the entire season, sure, but planning ahead is smart given the mileage and aggressive style (mixed with the back issues). Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: We have said this a thousand different ways and will continue to say it… Marshawn Lynch is a top 5-10RB when he is on the field, and he might very well start all 16 games this season. That said, he is one of the most aggressive rushers in the league, abusing his body on every carry more so than any other runner in the league. If he goes down, Robert Turbin could be called upon first, that won’t be a huge surprise, but both he and Christine Michael (top 5-10RB-capable if starting) should be owned by even non-Lynch owners in all larger leagues. If you own Lynch, you have to own these guys, or at least one. As for Week 3, we haven’t heard anything that suggests that Lynch’s back is going to keep him out of Week 3, but keep an eye on this, and sign up for our Smart Alerts in case this situation changes. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
According to usatoday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects that RB Marshawn Lynch will “let it rip” in Thursday night’s opener against the Packers.
SMITTY: Regardless of our support and belief in Christine Michael entering next off-season, Marshawn Lynch is still a RB1 heading into 2014, and it wouldn’t be shocking at all if he had a top 5-7RB season in 2014 (with that kind of production starting tonight). Looking for Marshawn Lynch Week 1 Power Rankings?
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin ran the ball 12 times for 81 yards and 1TD during his Week 2 preseason contest against the Chargers. Christine Michael ran the ball eight times for 45 yards. Russell Wilson looked strong in this game, completing 11-of-13 passes for 121 yards (to go along with four rushes for 31 yards and 1TD). Keenan Allen pulled in a 13-yard TD in the contest.
SMITTY: Robert Turbin looked good, I won’t lie, but everything he did in this contest, Christine Michael would have done better and faster. I keep emphasizing buy-low when talking about sleepers, because coaches can ruin fantasy upside. If Seattle doesn’t let go of the idea of using Turbin, this could leave fantasy owners extremely disappointed in 2014, as Turbin could play a significant back-up role in 2014. Do I think that will happen? Probably not, as Michael is just too explosive to keep off the field. Still, when trading for players, you have to buy low and buy at value that will have you earning your investment dollars back even on a disappointing campaign. At this point, I still expect Michael to be starting in 2015. As for this preseason contest, it was great seeing Keenan Allen pulling in a score – He looks so crisp with his routes and footwork. I still have Allen as one of my favorite underrated studs heading into 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
Christine Michael came off the bench during Seattle’s preseason opener against Denver; he ran the ball seven times for 16 yards and a touchdown, and pulled in three passes for 12 yards.
SMITTY: Christine Michael’s numbers don’t standout much on paper, but he looked solid on his touchdown run and he looked great on an eight-yard gain. As we reported all through Marshawn Lynch’s holdout, we expected Lynch to be back well before Week 1, which is obviously the case now. No one should have been expecting Michael to start Week 1, or even start a game this season. The hope was, for Michael supporters, that the holdout would last long enough for Michael to make a case for needing more carries right out of the gate in 2014. While he can still do that with strong preseason play, he is, and was, more of a sneaky-good redraft secret weapon heading into Week 1 — He’d likely be a top 5-10RB per-start if his number is called, though. That’s what makes him a secret weapon in redraft. His true value is in dynasty/keeper, as there is decent chance that the Seahawks cut Lynch next off-season and turn the keys over to Michael. Anything can happen, though, as next off-season is a long way away; Michael is still one my very favorite dynasty ‘go get’ players, and Lynch ending his holdout so quickly might lower Michael’s trade value! Marshawn Lynch remains a top 10 fantasy running back heading into Week 1, and Michael is the absolute must-own handuff!
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is being fined $30k per day, and the team can also go after some of his signing bonus. If a preseason game is missed, the team can go after a full game check. The CBA is now designed so players have little leverage when holding out.
SMITTY: Again, I fully expect Marshawn Lynch to report sooner rather than later, but he is near 2,000 total carries, so the future in Seattle is Christine Michael, who could be starting as early as 2015; I also predict that he will crank out top 5 fantasy running back numbers per start if his number is called in 2014. ESPN’s Louis Riddick recently said on ESPN that he personally scouted Michael at Texas A&M, and the strength coach at the time told him that he trained both Adrian Peterson and Christine Michael, and that Michael is on par with the “functional athletic explosiveness” of Adrian Peterson… this, among many other things, is why you want to read our 2014 Bold Predictions (aka our Upside Board). Read it now if you haven’t already!
According to ProFootballTalk, Seahawks RB Christine Michael left practice on Sunday with a shoulder injury. “He just banged his shoulder a little bit,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after practice. “They think he will be ready to go on Tuesday.”
SMITTY: It doesn’t sound serious, but we will keep you posted once more information becomes available. As it stands now, even though we fully expect Marshawn Lynch to end his holdout prior to Week 1, Christine Michael remains a big-time redraft sleeper heading into 2014, and he remains my absolute #1 “go get” in dynasty, as I see this kid playing like a top 5RB if given starter carries in 2015 (or sooner if for any reason his number is called). And, one final note regarding his redraft value… even though I fully expect Lynch to end his holdout prior to Week 1, the longer he sits out, the more of a chance Michael and Robert Turbin will gain the confidence of that Seahawks’ coaching staff, which could spell more carries during the year.
According to rotoworld, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is listed on the Seahawks’ Reserve/Did Not Report list. Also, earlier today ESPN printed this quote from head coach Pete Carroll: “But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it.”
SMITTY: This is a “procedural” move by the Seahawks, and Marshawn Lynch, currently holding out, can be activated if/once he decides to report to camp. Some close to the situation predict that Lynch’s holdout won’t last long, but there are some that think Lynch is going to stretch this out a bit. If the holdout is long-lasting, both Christine Michael and Robert Turbin are going to have an opportunity to earn regular-season playing time. I’ve made it very clear since last year, if starting, Christine Michael is top 5RB capable. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?