Fantasy Football, Week 1 Takeaway: Time to Buy Marshawn Lynch

By Vincent Frank on Monday, September 11th 2017
Fantasy Football, Week 1 Takeaway: Time to Buy Marshawn Lynch

If there were any worries about Marshawn Lynch's workload with the Oakland Raiders after one year off, those were pretty much answered on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. 

Facing a darn good Titans defensive front, Lynch went for 76 yards on 18 rush attempts. He also put up a 16-yard reception on two targets. 

For comparison sake, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington combined for 11 touches in the Raiders' 26-16 victory in Nashville. Lynch also played 32 snaps compared to a combined 30 for Richards and Washington. 

These are numbers that suggest the veteran running back will be a viable fantasy option this season. In fact, there's very little reason to believe that Lynch won't outperform his preseason ADP of 13th among running backs. 

The one issue we have to focus on here is the Raiders' red-zone struggles. In one particular drive, Oakland passed the ball three consecutive times to Amari Cooper from the two-yard line rather than hand the ball of to Lynch just once. Considering Lynch was dominating in short-yardage situations in this game, that has to be cause for alarm. 

Outside of that, there's very little reason to believe Lynch won't be able to finish as a RB1 option this season. 

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