ROTO VISIONARY BLOG - JULY 25
Feed The Beast?
It seems as if RB Marshawn Lynch is serious about getting a new contract signed with the Seahawks. He has told reporters (and the team) that he will holdout from training camp until he signs a new contract. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has a penalty of holding out at $30,000 per day for each day missed by a player. Why is Lynch risking all of this money?
Lynch knows the handwriting is on the wall in Seattle. The Seahawks are looking to the future and they know that their starting RB in 2015 and beyond could easily be second year player, Christine Michael. Why invest big dollars over multiple years with Lynch if you know that Michael can take the job over anyway?
I can’t blame Lynch for wanting to get paid. He has produced big numbers for the Seahawks, won a Super Bowl, and knows that the lifespan for a running back in the NFL is short. He also saw that the Kansas City Chiefs signed RB Jamaal Charles to a new deal recently. This is Lynch’s last (and possibly best) chance to sign a big contract.
So what does this mean for Fantasy owners? The possibility of a lengthy holdout. Holdouts make for tricky draft selections. While we don’t necessarily need to see players play in every game in the pre-season, we want to know that they are practicing, keeping in shape, and ready to go. As a rule of thumb, I want to see a player back in camp no later than the first week of preseason. This gives the players time to avoid the dreaded hamstring injuries that have plagued holdouts in the past.
I have already come out and said that Lynch is my first round bust this season. I think this ends poorly for both sides, so I am planning on letting someone else draft Beast Mode this year.