Less than 10 days from now NFL training camps from coast-to-coast will be abuzz. However, before strict curfews and team rules are enforced, some players, pressed for time to exercise their right to party, are going above and beyond what is legally allowed.
See Lynch, Marshawn.
Two months ago Lions running back Mikel Leshoure was pegged for his second marijuana violation of the offseason, an offense that garnered a two-game suspension from Warden Goodell. Now Lynch, a back the Detroit rusher is often compared to, may suffer a similar fate or much worse.
According to the Mercury News, Beast Mode had more than his fair share of Skittles over the weekend, arrested under suspicion of DUI in his hometown of Oakland, Calif. last Saturday. If convicted, a suspension from the league office will likely be levied. Recall, his license was revoked for hitting a pedestrian in 2008 and the following year he was dismissed for three games due to a weapons charge. His third misdeed could net an even stiffer penalty.
Time for the fantasy community to get familiar with fourth-round pick Robert Turbin.
Standing at 5-foot-10, 220-pounds, the Utah St. standout is rolling beer keg personified. He's a relentless interior runner with a deceptively quick first step, a perfect fit for Seattle's zone-blocking scheme (Eye candy here). He's hardly a blur, but because of his attacking nature, stocky frame and solid hands, he's an every-down throwback capable of piling up numerous yards after contact. Come Week 1, he may be Pete Carroll's bell cow, though change-of-pace veteran Leon Washington could also see an uptick in touches.
The 'Hawks' first three games of 2012 aren't exactly fantasy friendly. They open the year at Arizona followed by home clashes against Dallas and Green Bay. Last year, each of those opponents ranked in the top half in fewest fantasy points allowed to RBs. Still, any starting back is roster worthy even in non-bye weeks, especially in challenging formats that require flex positions. Assuming Goodell drops the hammer and Turbin establishes himself in camp, the rook could churn out back-end RB2 totals out of the gate.
As for Lynch, his situation needs to be closely monitored over the coming weeks. Unfortunately due to the timing of the incident, it's entirely conceivable discipline form the league office won't be handed down prior to Week 1 presenting quite the dilemma for potential fantasy investors. Unless he's exonerated before September, he's completely avoidable at his current 23.6 ADP (RB11) in Yahoo! leagues. A multi-game hit could mean the difference of a virtual franchise making or missing the playoffs. Be leery any time before Round 4.
Lynch's stock may be declining rapidly, but his possible departure just might unleash a new Beast. If the cards fall right, Turbin, going largely undrafted in early mocks, could make a noticeable splash to open the season.
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