SMITTY: After a disappointing Divisional Playoff outing (59 rushing yards and 0TDs), Marshawn Lynch is our highest-projected rusher heading into these Conference Championship Playoff matchups. We have Lynch pegged for 112 rushing yards, 1TD, 1-2 receptions for 16 yards (and 0.29 receiving TDs, so a chance at a receiving score). Looking for more Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings heading into Week 20?
SMITTY: He is probable to play and probable to produce top 5-10RB numbers any week he plays. His future in Seattle might be in question, but his value in Weeks 15 and 16 aren’t. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Despite the tough match-up against the Cardinals, Marshawn Lynch has low-end RB1 upside. He is usually a high-end RB1, but this one will be tough sledding. 70-80 yards and a solid shot at a score is doable for the tough runner. We keep saying it each week, be certain to handcuff Lynch to Christine Michael. Looking for Week 12 Power Rankings?
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: The good news is that the Seahawks-Rams game is a morning game, so fantasy owners will have options, even if this comes down to a last-minute call. Be sure to stay on our news wire and Smart Alerts on this one. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
According to Tyler Dunne on Twitter, Seattle coach Pete Carroll had this to say on WR Percy Harvin: “A unique football player. He’s going to have a significant role. … Will be very important to keep him healthy.”
SMITTY: If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, which is a big IF, he could certainly be a top 15 fantasy wide receiver, and Russell Wilson could dance with the top 5-8QBs this year. Looking for Percy Harvin and Russell Wilson 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?
According to multiple rotoworld, Bellevue police have released a statement clearing Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch of any wrongdoing relating to the recent investigation into assault and personal property damage accusations.
SMITTY: This is solid news for Christine Michael is a must-own for all Lynch owners this year. As I keep saying, there is no better “go get” player in dynasty than Christine Michael right now, as I fully expect him to be starting in Seattle in 2015 (assuming he stays healthy). We still have solid 2014 projections for Marshawn Lynch despite our obsession with trading for and owning Michael.
According to seattlepi.com, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is reportedly being investigated in an alleged assault with property damage.
SMITTY: While the details are far from ironed out, this can’t be what Marshawn Lynch dynasty owners want to hear, as the veteran is fighting to prove that he shouldn’t be a 2015 release candidate. According to police, the “alleged incident” took place early Sunday morning, but with “no domestic violence or sexual assault” — The Bellevue Police Department is still gathering up the facts of the incident, which includes finding out if Lynch was in fact involved. A statement reads: “No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time.” We will keep you posted. This could be nothing (put your arms down Christine Michael owners – at least for now), or it might be significant, we won’t know until more information is released.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout, and in return the team will be giving Lynch roughly a $1.5 million raise.
SMITTY: Essentially Marshawn Lynch is getting about $1.5 million that he would have had to earn, so it’s like getting all his 2014 incentive cash up front. No one expected this holdout to last into the season, but Christine Michael owners everywhere where hoping that Michael would have a bit more time getting first-team reps in camp. However, this news is somewhat telegraphing the fact that the team will likely cut Lynch next season, as this raise is all 2014-based. While Lynch is a quality top 15 overall talent heading into all yearly-league drafts, Christine Michael is still my absolute favorite “go get” player for 2015 and beyond (use this recent news here to buy-low in dynasty!). Given Lynch’s heavy career workload, mixed with his super-aggressive style of play, Michael still remains one of my absolute favorite “secret weapon” snags in all yearly-league drafts. Read more on that here.