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Fred Jackson to Start as Marshawn Lynch is now Suspended

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The NFL came down with their official ruling on Marshawn Lynch today and have decided to uphold the 3 games suspension on the Bills starting runner. This decision came after Lynch violated the league’s personal conduct policy this past March.

While the suspension was not truly official until today, this outcome should not be a surprise to anyone as this decision was expected.

With Marshawn now out for the first three games of the year the Buffalo Bills will now rely on Fred Jackson to carry the load, until Lynch is back with the team. In the first three games of the year Buffalo will face the Patriots, Buccaneers and Saints in that time.

More Problems for Lynch then just a suspension

What concerns me most for Marshawn’s fantasy football ranking then his suspension, is how much will the Bills use Jackson when Lynch is back?

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Last season fantasy football owners that had Marshawn must have bee agitated all year as Jackson kept taking away touches from this stud talent. I was surprised to notice that Marshawn actually had 30 less carries (250 carries) then his rookie season.

To make matters even worse for Lynch is that he played in two more games (15) last year then he did as a rookie. This decrees in touches is a major disappointment for a runner that had such high expectations coming into the 2008 season.

If Lynch is going to be the star fantasy running back we all thought he would be, then Fred Jackson needs to play poorly in the first three contests this season. The other option is that Fred would need to go down with an injury but I hate wishing players ill fortune like that.

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As noted above this is a very interesting situation to speculate on how the distribution of touches will go in this offense. No doubt Lynch will be the starter for this team when he comes back in week four of the season, so he is defiantly the higher fantasy pick.

Right now I would garner on the side of caution when it comes to taking Marshawn as he is the one you will have to pay a decent price to get. If you can snag him as your No.3 running back or flex play then you will be getting him at a great value on draft day.

Most of you will have to probably take him in the first four rounds of your 10 or 12 team league fantasy football drafts. If you are in a ppr league that might not be to bad of a price as Marshawn is a good pass catcher with 48 receptions last year.

For fantasy players in more tradition standard league play I would not recommend you even waste a fourth round pick on a player like this.

As far as Fred Jackson’s ranking goes, you will be able to get him somewhere around the 10th round down in most fantasy drafts this year. If you do happen to select Lynch as a draft pick then I would consider taking Jackson as a 9th round backup and maybe use him in the first three weeks.

For everyone without Lynch on their teams I would not draft Jackson because by the time bye weeks begin, Lynch will be back on the team and you won’t be able to use Fred.

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