The Seattle Seahawks have been the best overall team in the NFL the last two years, and several players have made strong contributions. However, it can be argued that no one is more important than running back Marshawn Lynch. Since coming over to Seattle in 2010, he has been one of the most durable options in fantasy football leagues. Overall, his career has been pretty remarkable up to this point.
Lynch grew up in Oakland, and he stayed pretty close to home when it came down to picking out a college. At California, he was a standout running back, and it was pretty clear that he would be a superb pro as well. The Buffalo Bills took him in the first round of the 2007 draft, and they instantly began utilizing him as a solid running back in their system.
In Buffalo, Lynch was solid for people in fantasy football leagues, but he never got a lot of credit because the teams were not all that great. He made one Pro Bowl in Upstate New York before being traded shortly after the start of the 2010 season to the Seattle Seahawks. He only had minimal success as he played through some injuries that season, but 2011 would be the start of the Lynch we have grown to love in Seattle.
In his four full seasons with the Seahawks, Lynch has lived up to his nickname of “Beast Mode.” Not only has he missed just one game in that time, but he has been consistent in finding the end zone as well. His durability has led to him being a top pick in fantasy football leagues, and that should continue in 2015 as well.
Perhaps the biggest testament to the greatness of Lynch is the outrage that followed Pete Carroll’s decision to not give him the football with the Super Bowl on the line this past season. Many thought it was a guarantee that he would find the end zone from that distance, but instead Seattle ran a passing play that ended in an interception. Lynch finished with outstanding numbers in the game, but he has certainly avoided throwing his team and his coach under the bus for that.
At 29 years old, Lynch knows that he is nearing the end of his effectiveness as a running back in the NFL. It can be extremely difficult to carry a huge workload at 30 and over. The book is certainly not closed on his though. He is hoping to get Seattle back into Super Bowl contention by doing what he has done best since his early days in Oakland.