The Seattle Seahawks could finally look a lot more like themselves in week six. Per reports, star running back Marshawn Lynch “should” be ready to take back his job at home against the Carolina Panthers. Lynch is set to return to practice this week and if all goes well, he will return as the team’s starting running back.
Lynch’s return would be huge for the Seahawks, but they actually got by without him last week just fine. Backup rusher Thomas Rawls dropped 169 rushing yards on the Cincinnati Bengals, and it was struggles in Seattle’s passing game that ultimately doomed them. Should Lynch be a full go for week six, Rawls would have a reduced role, but head coach Pete Carroll suggested he’d still be used.
Lynch looks to be back as long as he doesn’t get hurt in practice again, and if he’s active he needs to be started in season long fantasy football leagues. He’s been a total bust so far, but he’s clearly not been healthy, while the offensive line has been atrocious. Last week’s studly performance by Rawls offers optimism that the o-line is showing signs of improvement and Beast Mode at full strength should be able to be relied upon. That being said, paying up for Lynch in DFS games probably isn’t the best idea this week. In that same breath, you’ll also want to stay away from Rawls. Just keep an eye on the situation until we know what a healthy Lynch can do and how Rawls and even Fred Jackson could factor into Seattle’s offensive backfield.