Jun 17, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) stands with teammates during minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: Seattle Seahawks RB Rundown

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The Seahawks built their Championship run last season on defense and an outstanding rushing attack, and plenty of fantasy football owners will be targeting a piece of that attack to build their roster on draft night.

The offseason has been far from quiet for the Champs backfield with Marshawn Lynch holding out for more money at the beginning of camp and now being involved in a Police investigation.  Neither of those events is expected to ultimately affect his availability, but it hasn’t been a sleep six months since he and his Skittles brought the trophy back to the Pacific Northwest.

While Beast Mode definitely leads the way, there’s also some intrigue on the depth chart behind him.  If injury or incident costs Lynch time, whoever steps in will be instantly fantasy relevant, so let’s take a look at the running backs in Seattle from a fantasy perspective as we continue our RB rundown series. The rankings listed next to the player is based on my overall RB rankings which should give you a good idea of where I think they’ll fit on your roster.

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Marshawn Lynch

RB, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch was an elite running back option  in fantasy football again last year finishing fourth at the position in most standard scoring.  He continues to Beast Mode opposing defenses regardless of matchup and is as reliable as a RB1 should be.  The only hint of concern aside from his off the field issues is his heavy workload the last few seasons.  While injury hasn’t been a problem for the hulking back, yet, he doesn’t avoid contact for sure and age and wear-and-tear could catch up to him eventually.  Personally, I’d be thrilled to get him in second half of the first round and plug him in as my every week RB1. He doesn’t catch as many passes as some of the other RB1’s so adjust him down a touch in PPR leagues, but he’s still a top option regardless of format.  
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Christine Michael

RB, Seattle Seahawks

Michael has been a preseason and offseason beast the last two seasons but hasn’t gotten a chance to show it on the field during the regular season. He only received 18 touches last season, but that number should go up this year as he becomes a true #2 behind Lynch.  If Lynch gets hurt, Michael is a breakout star waiting to happen, so he should be drafted and stashed if at all possible even if you aren’t using him as a Lynch handcuff.  Michael has upside making him worth a look in the closing rounds of your draft even though he won’t play a ton barring injury or issue with Lynch.
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Robert Turbin

RB, Seattle Seahawks

Even though Turbin is ahead of Michael on the depth chart, I just don’t see him stepping him in ahead of Michael and carrying the workload.  Turbin is reliable and steady but hasn’t flashed the potential breakout possibility that Michael has. Turbin will be fantasy relevant if Lynch goes down and Michael struggles, or if he beats Michael out for the #2 role in training camp, but I don’t anticipate either of those things happening.  Coming out of the draft in all but the deepest leagues, I’d leave Turbin on the wire until something changes.

 

This post is part of a series detailing the backfield situation for each NFL team from a fantasy football perspective. Check out my top 80 rankings and click here for the full series.

 

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