ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Marshawn Lynch "is not planning to play football again." That likely increases Oakland's focus on the position for this week's NFL Draft. The Raiders signed Isaiah Crowell in free agency to join a backfield that returns Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and 2018 rookie Chris Warren. Last year's carry leader, Doug Martin, remains on the open market. Richard ranked 3rd on last year's Raiders with just 55 rushing attempts but also tied for the team reception lead. Washington tallied only 31 total touches over 10 games and doesn't appear likely to be a significant factor. We'll see how/whether Oakland addresses the position in the draft before projecting others forward. Warren looks intriguing after a strong 2018 preseason, but adding an early-round RB this week would make him harder to like.
The Raiders have signed RB Isaiah Crowell to a 1-year contract. Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry in a wildly inconsistent 2018 with the Jets. He delivered 219 yards in a win over the Dolphins and racked up 102 and 2 TDs on just 10 carries in the surprise opening blowout win at Detroit. But Crowell cracked 50 yards just 1 other time and tallied only 143 rushing attempts (plus 21 catches) for the season. His arrival in Oakland likely means unrestricted free agent Doug Martin is done there. Marshawn Lynch isn't expected to decide until after the NFL Draft whether he'll return for another season. RBs Jalen Richard and Chris Warren remain on the roster. HC Jon Gruden has compared Richard to former RB Charlie Garner, which indicates he'll maintain a significant role. Warren spent his rookie season on IR after a flashy preseason. This backfield figures to see further changes before we can project its 2019 touch splits.
The Raiders have placed RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) on IR. That knocks him out for at least 8 weeks, meaning Week 16 would be the earliest he could return. Lynch is obviously droppable in all fantasy leagues. The tanking Raiders will move forward with a Doug Martin and Jalen Richard backfield. Neither is more than a RB3, with Martin the better bet in non-PPR and Richard in PPR.
Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch will miss "at least" a month with a groin injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rapoport adds that IR is a "strong possibility," which could cost Lynch 8 weeks. We'd try to keep him stashed for now considering the lack of viable fantasy RBs out there, but Lynch is droppable in shallow-bench leagues. His absence will leave the backfield in the hands of Doug Martin and Jalen Richard. Martin seems like the favorite for carries, with Richard dominating passing-game work. Neither is a particularly exciting fantasy add in a scuffling Raiders offense.
Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Tuesday that he's "concerned" about RB Marshawn Lynch's groin strain. Lynch is getting the issue checked out during the bye week. He's been on the injury report every week this season with hip, shoulder and groin issues, but this is a new injury. We'll update his status when we learn more. Doug Martin would likely step in as Oakland's ball-carrier if Lynch misses time.
Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is good to go for Monday night's opener against the Rams. Lynch put in limited practices this week with a groin issue, but he didn't appear on Saturday's game-status report. That indicates we don't need to worry about the groin and can use him as planned. Lynch is a fringe RB2 option against a Rams team that plays the run soft but is also a 4.5-point road favorite.
Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) has been limited in practice so far this week. There’s been no indication that he’s in danger of missing Monday night’s game against the Rams, but we’ll get another update after the team’s practice on Saturday.
Pro Football Talk reports that Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch agreed Saturday to a restructured contract, basically surrendering $500,000 to guarantee his base salary for the coming season. You can read further details in the PFT post, but the fantasy impact here is that the move all but guarantees Lynch will play this fall. The veteran doesn't seem to pair naturally with newly signed RB Doug Martin. Neither presents special ability as a receiver, each profiling more as an "early-down" type. Frankly, neither excites us for 2018 fantasy football drafts, but both tend to linger into "why not" value range in current best-ball drafts.
The NFL has suspended Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch 1 game after leaving the sideline to jump into Thursday night's mini-brawl. Lynch got ejected from the game for shoving an official. Barring an appeal delaying things, Lynch will miss Week 8 at Buffalo and return for Week 9 at Miami. Neither of those contests presents a positive rushing matchup. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard combined for 9 carries in the 2nd half Thursday night, after Lynch left. Each RB finished the game with 9 rushing attempts.
Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Lynch will appeal and that a hearing is expected early next week.
Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch was ejected with 6:05 left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game after making contact with an official. He finishes with just 2 carries for 9 yards. Lynch was losing a bunch of snaps to RBs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, who had combined for 8 carries and 3 catches when Lynch was tossed.
It sounds like RB Marshawn Lynch has exceeded the Raiders' expectations so far. “He has pleasantly surprised me at every turn," OC Todd Downing said. "... Everything that we’ve seen on him thus far — and, of course, we’ve only been in pajamas out there practicing — but what we’ve seen has been fantastic. And I’m as excited as the rest of Raider Nation to see what he’s got.” Oakland couldn't have known exactly what it was getting when it signed the 31-year-old Lynch, who was out of the league altogether last season. And, of course, the true test will come when the pads go on in August. There's a massive range of fantasy outcomes here, making Lynch a risk/reward gamble at his current early-4th-round ADP.
Multiple outlets report that Oakland and Seattle have worked out a trade that will finally, officially send RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. It will reportedly involve an exchange of late-round picks in 2018 -- basically a formality. We'll see what kind of shape Lynch is in once he takes the field and whether Oakland adds more to its backfield in the NFL Draft this week.
NFL Network's Michael Silver reports that the Raiders and RB Marshawn Lynch have agreed to contract terms. Oakland will still need to work out a trade with the Seahawks to officially acquire Lynch, but we'd guess that step should be easier than the contract. Seattle has Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Eddie Lacy in the backfield after playing 2016 without Lynch. Assuming the whole situation does get worked out, we'd bet on Lynch leading the Oakland backfield in carries this season -- barring injury, of course. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will be bigger threats in the passing game, however, which should keep the work spread around. The Raiders finished 2016 ranked 6th in yardage and 7th in scoring, despite losing Derek Carr for the final game and Latavius Murray for 2 others. It's a good situation for RB value, especially behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. But don't expect any Oakland back to sit higher than RB3 range when our official 2017 rankings arrive.
Update: Lynch and the Raiders haven't officially reached an agreement on a new deal, per NFL Network. They're still expected to come to terms, though. Stay tuned.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Seahawks are expected to trade RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. The deal is contingent on Lynch and the Raiders working out a new contract first. Lynch-to-Oakland has seemed likely for a while now. Frankly, though, we're surprised Seattle is going to squeeze a draft pick out of the Raiders. Regardless, Beast Mode will arrive in Oakland as the favorite for lead-back duties on an ascending offense with an elite offensive line. We're curious to see what kind of shape the soon-to-be 31-year-old is in after a year away from the game.
RB Marshawn Lynch visited the Raiders on Wednesday and informed them that he plans to un-retire, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As soon as that becomes official, the Seahawks will either trade or release Beast Mode (likely the latter considering it's clear that he'll only play for Oakland). It suddenly looks extremely likely that Lynch will be back in the league this season -- and as a lead back. The Raiders currently have just the inexperienced and undersized duo of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard at RB. It's unclear exactly how much the soon-to-be 31-year-old Lynch has left in the tank, but he'll be running behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines.
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