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There has been plenty of buzz surrounding running back Christine Michael, who has had himself a dandy preseason. Last week's performance against the Packers only reinforced the perception he could be a big contributor on offense this season.
Don't buy the hype.
Michael is a talented individual, to be sure, but let's look at the facts. For starters, Marshawn Lynch will still garner the majority of the playing time in the backfield. Per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Lynch played 785 snaps to Robert Turbin's 275 last season, and there is no reason to believe Lynch has lost a significant share of that playing time.
For argument's sake, if we assume a 60-40 split between Lynch and his backups—a rather generous number for the backups given recent history—that means Turbin and Michael might combine for 400 snaps.
How many of those would Michael get?
Based on last week's playing time, Turbin is the clear backup. He ran seven times for 37 yards in the first half, while Michael got just two for eight yards. Michael's explosive touchdown run came in the second half against Green Bay's backups.
While Michael certainly looks like the heir apparent in terms of talent, the Seahawks simply have too many options to consider Michael viable in traditional redraft formats unless you play in a deep league where you carry 10-plus bench players.