Marshawn Lynch's Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook After Week 8

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 29, 2013

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Marshawn Lynch #24  of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball before the NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was peaking heading into a favorable Week 8 Monday Night Football game against St. Louis, but he finished with the worst performance of his season.

Lynch totaled 23 yards on just eight carries, one of many reasons why the Seahawks were unable to get anything going on offense in their 14-9 win. 

The Rams stacked eight in the box early on, stifling Lynch's ability to establish himself as a presence on the ground. After notching nearly 80 yards after contact in last week's performance, he couldn't do anything after being hit by the stingy St. Louis defense. 

ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton gave Lynch's performance some historical context:

Lynch came into Monday's contest having scored three times in his past two games and recording nearly 170 rushing yards combined. He ranked third among running backs in points scored all season entering Week 8, per ESPN

Although Lynch posted a dud of a performance on Monday night that let down his many fantasy owners, don't expect it to continue.

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The Seahawks will face the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers next. Coming off of this poor offensive performance where the winning side failed to surpass 150 total yards, you can bet this offense—which has the potential to explode at any time—will want to turn things around and rely on the ground game to sustain a lead.

St. Louis got the best of Seattle up front and found a way to stifle the run, but don't expect the same of every one of the Seahawks' opponents. Lynch is still seemingly impossible to shut down game after game, given the way he runs and the blockers in front of him.

Lynch is still one of the best fantasy running backs and an obvious RB1 in any league. It would take a couple of more dud performances to think anything is wrong with Lynch's stock.

And unless you're getting two perennial starters or another elite player, don't even think about trading the 27-year-old. Players this consistent are hard to find in fantasy. 


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