Don't disregard Marshawn Lynch in drafts

Updated: July 2, 2010, 4:37 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I haven't been the biggest Marshawn Lynch fan for fantasy football purposes in the past few seasons, but I find it hard to believe that someone with this much talent will just go away so quickly. From a first-round pick in 2008 to a fantasy afterthought in 2010? No way. But based on early results in ESPN average live drafts, it appears owners want little part of Lynch; he's being chosen in the 15th round, well after two other Buffalo Bills running backs. Hey, this guy can play. And if he does end up on another team, well, did I mention the guy can play?

ESPN AFC East blogger Tim Graham recently saw the Bills up close at Orchard Park, N.Y., and he blogged about Lynch's plight Thursday. He noted the positives about the running back -- Lynch's age, production, salary and, really, his current attitude -- and the fact the team hasn't been offered enough to part with him, at least not yet. Rookie C.J. Spiller and fourth-year back Fred Jackson could probably handle things just fine without Lynch this season, a fact fantasy owners clearly have noticed … but I think Lynch is a nice bargain. Plus, he has the right frame of mind: "I'm here and I'm going to be here," he said recently. "I'm ready to play regardless of whether I'm unhappy or not. … We're all going to ball."