Marshawn Lynch Gets DUI, Might Shake Up Fantasy Draft Boards
Lynch's track record isn't exactly crystal clear since joining the NFL. He had his license revoked after hitting a woman with his car in Buffalo in 2008, and was suspended for three games in 2009 after receiving a misdemeanor weapons charge.
A DUI is something that the NFL often let's slide. It almost seems like the cool thing to do in the NFL these days (but it's not, kids). However, when the player charged with the DUI has two other run-ins with the law in the past 4 years, the NFL will consider taking action.
Should Lynch face a suspension, we're looking at one of the most annoying situations in fantasy sports. When a player is suspended, owners are faced with the difficult decision of when to pull the trigger on a guy who will miss a minimum of a few games.
So what if Lynch is suspended?
Don't sweat it too much. Don't drop him down the the next round on your draft board. The suspension won't be lengthy and Lynch will be on the field when it matters: down the stretch of the season and in the fantasy playoffs.
Also, Lynch has most of his success in the second half of the season when defenders begin to tire and don't feel like tackling a runner who knows nothing but beast-mode. Lynch averaged 44 yards, .5 touchdowns, and 3.55 yards per carry in his first 6 games of the season. He then averaged 105 yards, 1.0 touchdowns, and 4.46 yards per carry in his final 9 games. A suspension would warrant more concern if it would keep him from playing in the 10th, 11th, and 12th games of the year. In each of the past three seasons, Lynch has gotten off to a slow start.
If you're high on Lynch, don't let a two or three game suspension bother you. Lynch will be on the field when he can make the biggest impact for your team.
If you do draft a suspended Marshawn Lynch, however, you should snag either rookie runner Robert Turbin or Leon Washington, depending on who looks to get more touches as the backup. You'll have a better idea of who should be taken as Lynch's backup as training camp progresses.