The Seattle Seahawks managed to get by without star running back Marshawn Lynch the past two weeks. Beast Mode was limited in a 26-0 win over the Bears in week three and didn’t play at all in a close 13-10 win over the Lions. Come week five, Seattle could finally have him back.
It’s good that the Seahawks have been able to get to 2-2 without one of their best players, but week five begs for their offense to be as close to 100% as possible. Not only are the ‘Hawks back out on the road, where they’re winless so far this year, but they’ll also be taking on a very good 4-0 Bengals team. Lynch could be needed, and Seattle may need him at his best.
That’s even more the case with Fred Jackson going down with an ankle injury last week, likely leaving Seattle with just Thomas Rawls in the running game. Rawls would once again pick up the slack in the offensive backfield if Lynch can’t play, but early signs suggest that won’t be the case.
Head coach Pete Carroll suggested that Lynch ran “pretty well” before Monday night’s clash with Detroit, but Seattle opted to keep him out so he could get extra rest. With an extra week of rest and rehab, the odds look good that Lynch will be close to 100% for one of the biggest games of the young season for the Seahawks.
Lynch would have a nice matchup against the Bengals this week, as they haven’t exactly shut down the running back position when it comes to fantasy production this year. It’s still a tough road game, but if Lynch is active, fantasy owners have to give him a chance to start to make up for a slow start to the 2015 season. Knowing his ability and role, there’s a very good chance he makes that happen in week five. That might still make him a roll of the dice when it comes to daily fantasy leagues, but it also could make him a strong contrarian play.