Marshawn Lynch escaped suspension, at least for now, after being arrested for DUI this offseason, but he could still miss week 1 after his back spasms flared up again. A recurring injury, they cost Lynch one game last season and limited him throughout the preseason. If he can’t go, Robert Turbin, a 4th round rookie, would get the start.
The Seahawks need him out there, even against the lowly Cardinals. The Seahawks have a below average receiving corps and are pretty weak on the offensive line and, as good as Russell Wilson looked in the preseason, it’s important to remember that he’s still a 3rd round rookie making his 1st career start. They’re also a poor road team, going 11-31 on the road since 2007, so they shouldn’t take the Cardinals lightly in Arizona, even as bad as their quarterbacks looked this preseason. The Cardinals, like the Seahawks, have a good young defense and might be able to pull the upset at home, especially if Lynch misses the game.
As for fantasy football, this is unfortunately a 4 o’clock game so if Lynch can’t go, your options will be limited to replace him. It’s recommended that all Lynch owners pick up Robert Turbin if he’s available. Not only would Turbin get the start if Lynch, who has an inconsistent history, misses any time this year, Turbin will eat into Lynch’s carries a little even if he’s healthy. The Seahawks really like the 4th round rookie and figure to run the ball a lot this year, supported by a strong defense, with a mobile rookie quarterback under center with a poor receiving corps.