Would You Rather: Start Marshawn Lynch or Travis Homer in Week 17 Fantasy Football

Max Staley
Marshawn Lynch takes on the San Francisco 49ers.
Marshawn Lynch takes on the San Francisco 49ers. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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The Seattle Seahawks have had some brutal injury luck with their running backs recently. The top three running backs in Seattle (Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise) will all be sidelined for the remainder of the season, due to injuries.

That opens the door for Travis Homer, who handled 11 touches in Week 16, but the Seahawks are also apparently nearing a deal to re-sign Marshawn Lynch. While Lynch is still not officially a Seahawk again, things certainly seem to be trending in that direction.

So let's break down which RB you'd rather start for fantasy purposes in Week 17.

Marshawn Lynch Fantasy Outlook

Lynch hasn't played this season, so starting him will be a pretty risky gamble, though he was pretty effective when we last saw him in 2018. He played only six games in 2018, tallying 90 carries for 376 rushing yards and three scores during that span.

He flashed some value as a receiver as well, turning 20 targets into 15 receptions for 84 receiving yards through those six contests. Still, whether he can come back and play at that level is anyone's guess, so Lynch is a very risky option.

Travis Homer Fantasy Outlook

Homer didn't do much on the ground in Week 16, handling five carries which he turned into just 16 rushing yards against the Arizona Cardinals. While the inefficient day on the ground in a soft matchup is a bit concerning, Homer instantly established himself in the passing game.

He saw eight targets in limited action, catching six passes for 26 receiving yards. Assuming he's used in a similar fashion this week, that involvement in the passing game is going to give Homer a decent floor in PPR formats.

At the end of the day, it's probably best to avoid this backfield as the Seahawks have a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. SF ranks No. 12 in Football Outsiders rush defense DVOA rankings, and the 49ers are also No. 2 against the pass in that same metric.

Still, if you're desperate, Lynch might be the better play in standard-scoring formats (assuming he signs), while Homer is the preferred play in PPR leagues.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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