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Marshawn Lynch's Fantasy Trade Value, Outlook Heading into Week 2

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 08:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 11, 2013

Marshawn Lynch may have had his trade value drop a bit after Week 1 of the NFL season, but he will still be an incredibly productive player to have on your fantasy football team as the season goes on.

It certainly wasn't the best game out of Lynch to start the season from a fantasy perspective. He finished with 43 yards on 17 carries and had two receptions for just nine yards.  

Whatever kind of league you're in, that's not a good day.

For the more impatient owners, Lynch's trade value has probably dropped. If you have Lynch on your team, I do not recommend trading him away, unless it's for a top-tier receiver and a decent replacement at running back.

At the end of the day, Lynch is still probably a top-10 or even top-five fantasy running back. If someone wants to trade for him, it better be for a heck of a nice deal, perhaps for two players like Brandon Marshall and Chris Johnson.

For those who aren't going to get that deal, and I highly doubt you will, you absolutely need to hang on to him.

For those who are thinking very short-term, there's not much to worry about in this matchup against the 49ers. If you look at what he's done in his past three meetings against the 49ers, you will see why.

Lynch has success against the 49ers, even with how talented their defense is. He's simply too strong of a runner and he's surrounded by so much talent this season that he's bound to have a big game.

Looking at the rest of the season, there are certainly good things in store. Games like he had this past Sunday were few and far between in 2012.  

In fact, there were only two games all last season where Lynch ran for fewer than 85 yards. He also had 10 games of over 100 yards, including two stretches of four straight games. The second stretch of four games came at the end of the season, just in time for fantasy football playoffs and championship games.

The rest of the schedule is also very promising for Lynch.

The Seahawks will be playing the AFC South, a division with three questionable defenses, and the NFC South, a division with arguably the worst defense over the past few seasons in the New Orleans Saints. With this schedule, the Seahawks will be going up against four of the five worst rushing defenses from 2012, and they get to play one of those teams, the Arizona Cardinals, twice.

At 27 years old, Lynch is still in his prime.  He found a way to revive his career in Seattle, and it looks like he will be around for the near future and continue to dominate in fantasy football.

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