The Seahawks running back racked up 81 yards in his first 12 carries, but it was his 47-yard scamper and one-yard touchdown run that caught the eyes of fantasy football players. The team’s official Twitter page had video of the touchdown, and NFL on ESPN was certainly impressed by the stiff arm he unleashed on the 47-yarder:
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin goes BEAST MODE Jr and puts the stiff arm on the Chargers for 47 yards. #SDvsSEA— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 16, 2014
In an encouraging sign for fantasy players, Turbin was also targeted early in the passing game. He talked about how he wanted to improve his receiving this season during training camp, via Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com:
I always pride myself on being an all-around running back, so I want to work on all-around things. I want to work on not only running the ball, but running routes. I want to work on catching the ball and I want to work on pass blocking and all the details that come with playing running back.
If Turbin continues to produce in the preseason, he will have the inside track on the backup running back job. Lynch is 28 years old and played in all 16 games the past two years, and 15 games in 2011. There is a lot of mileage on his legs, so Seattle could utilize the backup spot more often early in the year to keep Lynch fresh.
With that type of opportunity, Turbin may be worth a late-round flyer if he keeps playing like he did Friday. In all, Turbin ended up with 12 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown and one reception for five yards in Seattle's 41-14 win.