Marshawn Lynch: Powerful Seahawks RB Is a Must-Start vs. Cowboys

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Runningback Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After injury questions and possible suspensions raised doubts about Marshawn Lynch leading up to Week 1, the Seattle Seahawks running back should be back to must-start status in fantasy football in Week 2.

Fantasy owners had to remain cautious with the star running back last week because he missed most of his practices due to back spasms. Even though he ended up being active, it still remained to be seen how much the coaching staff would be willing to use its injured player.

Fortunately, he passed the test with flying colors as he ran for 85 yards on 21 carries against the Arizona Cardinals. While this was not his best game, simply being on the field and having a full workload was enough to prove he is ready for the football season.

Robert Turbin and Leon Washington had two rushing attempts each, and they were the only other running backs on the team to receive carries.

Against the Dallas Cowboys, Lynch might be required to make even more of an impact as the Seahawks try to pull the upset.

Even though the Cowboys are three-point favorites according to Bovada, they are in prime position for an upset. They have to travel to the West Coast to play a team that has been much better at home in the past few years. It is a potential letdown game after defeating their division rival on national television. Seattle is also only going to get better as the team gets more comfortable with Russell Wilson under center.

Lynch will be a key factor in the potential victory. He will need to get a lot of carries to control the possession. This will both keep the Cowboys' defense on the field and take the pressure off the rookie quarterback. Wilson threw 34 times in last week's loss to the Cardinals and had an additional eight carries. The coaching staff must ease back on his attempts and allow the youngster to ease into the NFL season.

The running back will also be facing a defense that he torched for 135 yards and a touchdown in Dallas last season. Now he gets to return home, where he got 59 percent of his rushing yards in 2011 along with seven of his 12 touchdowns.

What makes matters worse for the Cowboys is that they will be without injured defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, whose primary job is to stop the run game. 

Lynch dominated the NFC East last season, averaging 123 yards and a touchdown against the four teams. If the Seahawks have a chance of winning, they will need another effort like this from their best offensive player.

Fantasy owners can be secure in the fact that the running back will have a big game, regardless of the final score.

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