For the Seattle Seahawks, it hasn’t been the season they had hoped for. After their acquisition of Jimmy Graham, many expected them to continue their reign of dominance in the NFC. At 5-5, it hasn’t gone as planned.

The Seahawks’ playoff push is going to come without Beast Mode. Their running back had surgery on Wednesday to repair a sports hernia. The injury will likely keep him out around a month and the team hopes for his return in late December.

Replacing Lynch will be the rookie, Thomas Rawls. Undrafted out of Central Michigan, Rawls has destroyed any expectations. He is the leading rusher on the Seahawks and will run away with that title in the coming weeks. He averages more than two extra yards per carry compared to Lynch.

It looks like the Seahawks have their RB of the future, and Lynch very well could be on his way out following the season.

Fantasy Impact

Thomas Rawls is looking like the next big thing in Seattle’s backfield as Marshawn Lynch’s dominance has expired. Rawls is coming off a 255 total yard performance against San Francisco where he also scored a pair of touchdowns. Lynch has never rushed for 160 yards in a game or combined for 200 yards during his career, something Rawls has now done twice. Rawls has three 100+ yard performances so far whereas Lynch has topped 75 yards just once.

The numbers don’t lie. Rawls is a promising, young back and the numbers certainly indicate that. He’s a hard runner and a great fit in Seattle’s offense that lacks weapons. I love him in fantasy while Lynch is sidelined.

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