It’s (Finally) Time to Sell High on Marshawn Lynch
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Foreword: I’m nervous about this one. All Marshawn Lynch does is prove his detractors wrong. I admit that I’m scared, but the time has come for someone to stick their neck out and say it: It’s time to sell Beast Mode. The first article I ever read on RotoViz told me not to draft Marshawn Lynch. It was during the offseason following a 2012 campaign that saw Lynch finish as a top-12 PPR RB for the second-straight year. This was a contrarian piece, for sure, but data-driven contrarian viewpoints are the rock upon which RotoViz has built its church. Later that summer, my favorite website doubled-down on its anti-Skittles stance, which caused me to abandon Lynch completely. Beast Mode was the PPR RB5 in 2013 and the PPR RB4 in 2014. We were wrong.1 But now, as Lynch enters his age-29 season, it is time to lick our collective wounds and re-explore the idea that Lynch is still a sell-high candidate. To help illustrate this, I return to my trusty RotoViz Trade Calculator.
- The foregoing articles were penned by some of the most knowledgeable and respected authors in the industry. The logic was sound all the way through; Marshawn simply could not be stopped. (back)