Marshawn Lynch: Fantasy Owners Must Start Seahawks' RB in Week 2 vs. Cowboys

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the season opener at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Carindals defeated the Seahawks 20-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Break out the Skittles and switch the dial to "Beast Mode" for Week 2.

Seattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch will be running over defenders and taking tacklers for a ride at CenturyLink Field this Sunday when his 'Hawks take on the Dallas Cowboys. 

Lynch is probable because of nagging back spasms, but as fantasy football owners all know, probable pretty much means that he will play. 

Still unsure about starting Lynch this weekend?

Here we break down the biggest reasons why fantasy owners must start Lynch in Week 2 vs. Dallas.


Powerful Runner

Much like Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch is a power back who embraces contact and actually thrives on being physical with defenders.

Despite entering Week 1 with health concerns, Lynch carried the ball 21 times for Pete Carroll's squad, and racked up 85 yards.

If Lynch can average four yards per carry at home on Sunday, then fantasy owners will be all smiles.

It should also be noted that Lynch rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Seahawks in 2011; he's far from an unpredictable performer. 


Untested Cowboys Defense

The New York Giants only rushed the ball 19 times against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. Only five teams in the NFL last week dealt with fewer rushes defensively.

Also, there were yards to be had on the ground for New York in Week 1. They averaged 4.3 yards per carry against Dallas, accumulating 82 yards and a touchdown on their 19 attempts. 

Since the Giants were trailing in the second half they were forced to abandon the run, however. 

If Seattle feeds Lynch the ball 21 times again in Week 2, he could easily surpass the 100-yard mark by himself against the Cowboys. 


Work Load

Marshawn Lynch was listed as questionable coming into Week 1 vs. Arizona, but he wound up carrying the ball 21 times for Seattle. No other Seahawks' running back carried the ball more than twice last weekend. 

Considering that Carroll has tons of faith in Lynch, and that he's clearly not afraid to give him a bulk of the carries, fantasy owners should be confident knowing that their RB will get plenty of opportunities to shine in Week 2. 

Lynch has carried the ball at least 19 times for the Seahawks in the team's last 10 games, dating back to last regular season. If Lynch is on the field, he will have his number called early and often. 

As arguably the Seahawks' top playmaker, Lynch will be the focus for Seattle offensively in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fantasy owners would be foolish to sit him. 


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