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Fantasy impact of the Marshawn Lynch trade

In case you didn’t hear, running back Marshawn Lynch was traded from Buffalo to Seattle yesterday for a couple of draft picks. Pete Carroll may have some big plans for Lynch, signaling a shakeup in the fantasy world. Here’s who is affected:

Marshawn Lynch
Lynch gains some job security and will likely get a featured role in the offense. He isn’t going to be a big receiver, but he will get the yardage and is a good bye week fill-in.

Justin Forsett
Forsett has been a poor rusher this year, but is still great in the passing game. He will probably spell Lynch a little bit and get some goal-line opportunities, but is only really worth a start if you are desperate.

Fred Jackson
Jackson will benefit most from this move as it clears out the backfield and leaves his only competition to be the struggling C.J. Spiller who will get the 3rd down touches. Jackson will be a solid second running back for any fantasy owner and is only owned in half of Yahoo leagues at the moment.

C.J. Spiller
This trade is good for Spiller, but won’t pay too many dividends unless there is an injury to Fred Jackson. Despite his preseason status, his value is probably only as a handcuff to Jackson.

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