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Fantasy Football: Hold onto Marshawn Lynch tightly as you ready for Week 8

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Scott Engel of RotoExperts.com previews the Seahawks Week 8 matchup with the St. Louis Rams from a fantasy football perspective.

Another seemingly outstanding Fantasy week looms ahead for Marshawn Lynch. On Monday night, he will take on the NFC’s lowest-ranked rush defense. The Rams are allowing 126.4 rushing yards per game, while the Seahawks have the second-best rush offense in the NFL. Russell Wilson has certainly helped to boost that rank, but it needs to be highlighted and emphasized that another fine Lynch outing can simply not be taken for granted.

Lynch is tied for the second-most Fantasy points among running backs in NFL.com standard scoring right now with 115.50. Only Jamaal Charles has outscored Lynch to this point, and he is tied with Matt Forte. Lynch has outscored LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson. If you have Lynch on your Fantasy team, it is very likely a strong contender. In PPR formats, Lynch also ranks among the very elite on most sites. Considering how many RBs have went down with injuries or have not quite performed up to expectations this year, having Lynch seems to actually be a luxury right now.

Charles, Lynch, Forte, McCoy and Peterson round out the “Fab Five” of Fantasy running backs right now. If you have one of them on your roster, you are very fortunate to have peace of mind that you have a reliable superstar performer. Some minor hamstring concerns for Peterson may have actually trimmed the number to “Fab 4.5” in terms of having some clear Fantasy peace of mind that you do not have to be concerned with your RB1 position.

Lynch is durable, always highly productive and is consistent TD force. Those three qualities are every rare in today’s Fantasy world. That is why you will likely get frequent trade offers for Lynch if you own him. Unless you can get one of those other big names in return in a deal, you should keep Lynch. You’re getting the offers for him because he is safe Fantasy superstar. Those who are waiting for C.J. Spiller or Ray Rice to display their better form are envious of your RB1 situation. Those who watched Doug Martin go down with an unfortunate shoulder injury wish they had your Seattle Seahawks RB. Make sure you think twice, three and even four or five times before moving Lynch. The thin state of RB in Fantasy right now should make you more thankful than ever to have him on your Fantasy team.

Lynch is sure to bang through an overworked St. Louis defense for some big Fantasy numbers, and can boost you to a Fantasy win in Week 8. The best part about Monday Night Football from Fantasy perspectives is the ability to seal off a victory in the final game of the week. St. Louis is looking like a very vulnerable opponent without Sam Bradford, whose season is over after suffering a knee injury in Week 7. Without their signature QB, the Rams offense will sputter and the defense will spend too much time on the field.

The Rams rank 22nd against the pass, and Russell Wilson could have one of his better games of the year so far in terms of purely throwing the ball. With Lynch loosening up the defense by picking up big chunks of yardage, Wilson should be able to use play-action very effectively and will gun for some big plays.

Wilson won’t hesitate to try and connect with Golden Tate and Sidney Rice downfield. Both are fine plug-in options in a Fantasy week when six teams are on byes. As we also saw last week, Wilson will now be willing to throw more to Zach Miller in the red zone now that he is healthy again. Miller makes a quality bye week replacement as well.

Fantasy players and Seahawk fans alike are anxiously anticipating the return of Percy Harvin. He will certainly boost the fortunes of many Fantasy teams as they head to their playoffs. It may be wisest, though, to look forward to Harvin’s certain insertion in your lineups in Week 9. The Seahawks are being very smart and detail-oriented in monitoring Harvin’s return to action, and when you get the full and official word on Seahawks.com that Harvin is back for sure, that is the moment when you can hit the “activate” button on your team screen with glee.

On the subject of active status and glee in Fantasy, it’s always fun to know you are the one to own the Seahawks defense. Other than the Chiefs, there is no other defense in Fantasy that you can count on as a near every-week play. With Kellen Clemens expected to start for the Rams, St. Louis’ passing game does not stand much chance against the Seattle secondary. Look for some coverage sacks, a low amount of points allowed, and when the Seahawks build an extensive lead, the natural path to turnovers created by the aggressive nature of the defensive unit. The Seahawks are arguably the best unit in the NFL for Fantasy purposes in Week 8. Kicker Steven Hauschka is an elite Fantasy kicker right now, and is another lock to be among the best at his position again this week.

Among quarterbacks in other games, expect a very strong performance from Robert Griffin III against Denver, as he is starting to look closer to his better form recently. Colin Kaepernick is also showing signs of his getting back to his best form, and a matchup against the Jaguars will surely lead to a prime statistical outing in Week 8. Terrelle Pryor should at least give you adequate Fantasy totals against the Steelers.

At running back, do not lose faith in Alfred Morris, as he should get back into the end zone against the Broncos. Le’Veon Bell is quickly on the rise and is a must-start against the Raiders. Andre Ellington is quickly emerging and should be a fine flex option as he faces the Falcons. Peyton Hillis will get in the end zone again as the Giants take on the Eagles. He is a respectable start if you are desperate for RB help.

DeSean Jackson is a top WR play as Michael Vick returns to get him back into the prime flow of the offense against the Giants. Larry Fitzgerald is looking better health-wise and has a very attractive matchup against Atlanta. Jarrett Boykin has quickly made an impact with an injury-depleted Packers receiving corps and should shine against Minnesota. Also take note that Greg Jennings faces his former team in the same game, and he will be fired up to get some TD chances against the Pack. Terrance Williams and Rueben Randle are very good WR3 plays again this week.

Charles Clay should be a viable TE play as the Dolphins try to keep pace with the Patriots. Joseph Fauria’s Fantasy arrow is pointing up and he may score again vs. Dallas. Shaun Suisham is coming on strong as a kicker, and New Orleans (vs. Buffalo) and Oakland (vs. Pittsburgh) are two defenses that have exceeded some expectations and are good “streaming” plays for Week 8.

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