Seahawks RBs: Marshawn is underrated

Updated: August 18, 2011, 6:38 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Generally, it seems fantasy football owners aren't terribly excited about Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. That's wise because he hasn't proved to be a reliable starter in most leagues. I admit to expecting that Lynch would be a bit more in demand in 2011 drafts; he did, after all, leave a lasting impression from last season with his 131-yard playoff game against the New Orleans Saints (fueled by one big, albeit exciting and memorable carry). Of course, Lynch followed it up the next week in Chicago by rushing four times for 2 yards, as an injured shoulder ended his day early.

Perhaps that's what fantasy owners recall -- or his otherwise-moribund regular season -- as Lynch is currently being selected as an eighth-round pick in ESPN average live drafts. I'm not a big Lynch fan, but that does seem a tad harsh. I mean, he's all of 25 years old and is a starting running back for an offense that should be interested in running the ball, with an improved offensive line -- a healthy Russell Okung at tackle, with guard Robert Gallery and interesting rookies -- and a running quarterback. No, I don't view the former Buffalo Bills first-round pick as a sure top-25 fantasy running back, but I'll have three running backs by Round 6 in most leagues, so I would consider Lynch in that region. I just value them -- even the average ones -- differently, I suppose.