The Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch is the sixth-ranked running back in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of five, that makes Lynch a sure-fire first-round pick in nearly every fantasy draft.
Lynch had a monster 2012 season, rushing for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was his second-consecutive huge season in Seattle and there’s no reason to believe he won’t be another banner #1 fantasy option again this season.
However, the one cause for concern might be Lynch’s durability after carrying the ball 315 times last season. That came out to be 30 more carries than Lynch has ever had during a single season. Those numbers also don’t take into account Lynch’s additional 36 carries during the playoffs. This is a great deal of wear and tear for the 27-year-old, but he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.
Lynch averaged five yards per carry last season and he’s a no-brainer to get the ball into the red zone. Lynch is a stout 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 215-lb. wrecking ball at the goal line. It makes perfect sense to take Lynch with a top-five pick, and you could be getting great value if he falls in the seven-to-nine range.