By Adam McGill
Marshawn Lynch owners’ should pack their Skittles for a playoff run, as Monday Night Football gave us another great look at one of the best upcoming backs in the game. The former University at California-Berkley star has been absolutely dominant in the second half of the fantasy season, by compiling 9 touchdowns in his last nine games. He is averaging 94.6 rushing yards per game in that span, while looking like the franchise back the team envisioned when they brought him in mid-season last year through a trade with the Buffalo Bills.
Since coming over from Western New York, Lynch has run with much more purpose than he did earlier in the year when his average yards per attempt was sitting around 2.5. His punishing downhill running style makes it extremely painful to try to tackle in the open field, particularly once he squares his shoulders. He seems to get better after he makes first contact with a defender, which may prove to be harmful for opposing fantasy owners, especially when he enters “Beast Mode”.
Lynch is one of only a handful of backs who will get 20 plus touches each week and is guaranteed to get all of the goal-line carries. He is an absolute must start for the rest of the playoffs, including the week 15 matchup against a San Francisco defense that has not allowed a single touchdown on the ground all year. Lynch is heating up just in time to carry owners to a fantasy championship in the final two weeks and his name should be etched into trophies right next to all of the owners that he helps win championship rings.