It finally happened.
After months of speculation, the Raiders and Seahawks finally agreed on a trade that sends Beast Mode to Oakland.
Marshawn Lynch spent ten years in the league before retiring. His last action was in 2015 when he played in just seven games due to a sports hernia. He rushed 111 times for 417 yards.
That’s a lot of time off for a running back. Does that mean he’s fresh? Or will he be just a shade of his former self?
It will be interesting to see how he’s used in Oakland, given that he’s the only back with the typical size of a first and second down runner. DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones and Jalen Richard are all a bit undersized to be every-down rushers.
There has to be a little hesitation for fantasy owners when it comes to drafting the veteran. As of now, before seeing him in a Raiders uniform, I’d slot him as a rising flex player. Early mock drafts have him going in the ninth round. Wait until you get eyes on him in training camp or in preseason action, if possible, before making a final decision on him. And, of course, start mock drafting after the NFL draft concludes to see where he’s going.
There are two ways this situation can go. One is Lynch is fresh and ready to pick up where he left off. And the other is Lynch is a short yardage back that can handle just a few touches a game. Proceed with caution.