The enigmatic Marshawn Lynch remains one of the most hotly debated runners in fantasy football. RotoViz recently engaged in a Rap Battle on where Jon Krouner argued Lynch was a strong buy based on a bevy of statistical splits that were trending positively as the season closed. I argued Lynch is a strong sell, mostly because his yards after contact are a mirage, and he doesn’t catch passes.
Oh, and because last July 14 he was observed swerving on the highway, failed a field sobriety test, and subsequently blew over the legal limit on a breathalyzer.
In order to know how to treat Lynch in 2013 drafts, we need clarity on his DUI trial and looming suspension. Unfortunately, we won’t necessarily get that any time soon.
Based on the string of events in Lynch’s case, the outcome likely hinges on the motion to suppress. That motion may be merely an attempt to wrangle a lesser charge. The legal maneuvering is potentially aimed at allowing Lynch to play this season before he’s suspended to begin 2014.
If you’ve been reading RotoViz, you know we expect this to be Skittles’ last with the Seahawks. Trying to push the suspension into 2014 instead of just getting it out of the way would suggest Lynch suspects this as well.
Redraft Reaction – This is great news for Lynch’s 2013 prospects. Jon appears likely to wipe the floor with me in our rap battle.
Dynasty Fallout – Unclear but potentially devastating.
The Seahawks love Christine Michael. In my pre-draft Agility Score series, I explained how Michael compares to Matt Forte and is easily the highest ceiling talent in the draft. Far from being a fantasy death knell, Michael’s sluggish 2012 season with Texas A&M creates a buying opportunity in rookie drafts.
The events in Lynch’s court case should make it even easier for Seattle to transition away from the bruising runner next year. Skittles should be looked at as a one-year rental, similar to the arguably superior Steven Jackson.