If the Marshawn Lynch owner in your fantasy football draft didn’t handcuff him with Robert Turbin, stop reading this article now and add Turbin to your team.
No, seriously. There’s a great chance that he (or she) has no idea who Turbin is, based on his current 9.6 ownership percentage in ESPN.com fantasy leagues. Three San Francisco 49ers running backs are owned in more leagues than he is.
The role of the starting running back in Seattle should prove to be a valuable one in fantasy football. The Seahawks placed 15th in the NFL in rushing attempts last season.
But 285 of the team’s 444 carries went to Lynch (in 15 games). Lynch averaged 22.7 carries and 1.7 catches per game in the Seahawks’ final 10 contests.
In line to start if Lynch misses time is Seattle’s fourth-round rookie running back, Robert Turbin.
Turbin’s preseason shows promise for a legitimate fantasy contributor. He started Seattle’s third preseason game, which happened to be a blowout of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The final score is of no consequence, but Turbin rushed 14 times for 93 yards. He added a rushing touchdown and one reception for no gain.
There were a lot of injuries and a few offseason contract disputes involving NFL running backs. Add that to the NFL’s growing number of platoon running back situations and the number of rushers who can be expected to get 20 touches in Week 1 has dwindled rapidly in recent years.
Grabbing Robert Turbin off waivers in your fantasy league as a speculative add could still be beneficial for the trade-savvy fantasy owner. At the very least, you could expect to bolster your bench depth at a different position by engaging in talks with the Lynch owner in your league.
And for those of us who have more questions than answers at the running back position, Turbin could be a stopgap for Week 1’s action.