According to ESPN, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has the third-highest average draft position in fantasy football leagues at 4.3. During the season-opener, however, Lynch ran for just 43 yards on 17 carries.
During Week 2, Lynch bounced back with 28 carries for 98 yards and two rushing touchdowns, also catching three passes for 37 yards and a score. Most impressively, Lynch led a 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Plain and simple, Lynch just returned to fantasy football superstar status by decimating one of the NFL's premier defenses.
Lynch has quieted the critics.
During the 2012 season, Lynch put an end to the questions about his ability to produce consistently, rushing for at least 100 yards in 10 separate games. He managed to rush for at least 80 yards in four others, finishing the season with 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns on 5.0 yards per attempt.
After a Week 1 dud, the three-time Pro Bowler reminded us why every defense fears Beast Mode.
Lynch, 27, is still in the prime of his career and has shown no signs of slowing down. Robert Turbin has been a very high-quality backup, but Lynch is still the No. 1 back and is one of the best fantasy football options around.
After watching him destroy San Francisco's elite defense, one thing is clear: You need to start Lynch in every game he plays.