As expected, the Buffalo Bills traded running back Marshawn Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. While not significant, this will have an impact on a few peripheral fantasy players.
First, Bills rookie C.J. Spiller gets a vote of confidence as the RB of the future in Buffalo. He should become an every-week starter, especially as his confidence grows. I also think Fred Jackson gets a boost in value, at least until Spiller's putting up good enough numbers to take over the role of top back. But remember, this is one of the worst teams in the league, even if they did put up 30 points against New England two weeks ago. So temper any expectations for either running back.
In Seattle, Justin Forsett's stock should drop considerably. He has struggled in the featured back role, amassing just 215 yards in four games and failing to reach the end zone. You have to think Lynch will cut into his workload. Julius Jones, already barely on the fringe of the fantasy world, becomes all but obsolete barring injury.
Of course, it's not like Lynch was tearing up the league for the Bills. He only had 164 yards this season, and actually put up negative numbers in Week 4, running for just 8 yards and fumbling. But he did have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his first two years with the Bills, so maybe some of that fantasy magic will be tapped in his new role.