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10 Jul 2012

Marshawn Lynch

Had to do a double-take when I saw where he was ranked.

Posted by: abernethyj on 10 Jul 2012

10 replies , Last at 17 Jul 2012, 11:13am by Aaron Schatz

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by nkowal :: Wed, 07/11/2012 - 1:09am


Re: Marshawn Lynch
by Crushinator :: Wed, 07/11/2012 - 11:09am

He's ranked as the 6th RB overall after finishing in a standard scoring league at. . . 6. Not sure what's surprising about that.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by tally :: Wed, 07/11/2012 - 1:11pm

With AP possibly MIA and most RB situations being committees, it's not too surprising that a workhorse RB like Lynch is ranked high.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by abernethyj :: Wed, 07/11/2012 - 7:21pm

All right, all right, fair enough. I suppose my past grievances with him are overshadowed by his workload.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by Zheng :: Wed, 07/11/2012 - 7:37pm

It does seem counterintuitive given the offense and the lack of involvement in the passing game... but over 280 carries does build up the points. He may be getting credit for being handicapped by his line last year, too.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by Crushinator :: Thu, 07/12/2012 - 11:48am

In terms of player, Lynch is just not that different from Rashard Mendenhall.

He's a workhorse back behind a mediocre line with nobody clearly there to steal any carries from him. He puts up a negligible amount of passing yardage to go with a million carries at a low YPC and all his teams rushing TDs.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by AL (not verified) :: Thu, 07/12/2012 - 12:28pm

Good comparison. I would also add that to justify a ranking of RB6, Lynch would have to hit *at least* 12 rushing TDs to compensate for the shortcomings you mentioned. Even in Mendenhall's '10 season, when he had 13 TDs and comparable total yardage to Lynch last year, I believe he finished at RB8. To draft Lynch at that price is to expect him to reach his statistical ceiling, more or less, in two straight years. I'd rather wait a round or two and grab Steven Jackson, Michael Turner, or even Ahmad Bradshaw, though he has his own risks to consider.

Still, with all of that said, considering how uncertain the position is after the top 3, I understand the rationale for ranking him that highly.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by J. Winn (not verified) :: Mon, 07/16/2012 - 10:29pm

I understand that the main reason he is ranked so high is because of the scarcity at the RB position.

HOWEVER, even if he finishes as the number six running back over all, it will be at the expense of many weeks where he puts up a very low point total. It may be hard to believe given his streak of touchdowns last year, but Lynch was actually incredibly inconsistent in every stat last year on a per game basis, including touchdowns. I personally prefer to have a player who is going to be consistently getting me points than a player who will get me more points over the season at the expense of consistency.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by tally :: Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:22am

I don't think you'll find variance projections in most fantasy football rankings. You can estimate based on strength of schedule and how touchdown dependent the player is. I also wonder if year to year variance correlates much.

Re: Marshawn Lynch
by Aaron Schatz :: Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:13am

Well, it looks like those of you who would like to see Mr. Lynch drop lower in KUBIAK will get your wish, as he was arrested for DUI and will likely be suspended for a couple games.

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