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Marshawn Lynch Hit With Three Game Suspension

It had been expected for a while, but the NFL finally made it official.   Bills' RB Marshawn Lynch will be riding the bench for the first three games.

Subject to a potential appeal, Lynch’s three-game suspension would begin after the team’s final preseason game. He would be eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster following the team’s third regular-season game.

Lynch may fully participate in the team’s off-season program and in all preseason practices and games prior to the suspension.

It's shame, because Lynch was looking to be a Top 10 fantasy RB this season.  He should still be a great RB2 but if you draft him you'll need to have a plan for dealing with the first three games of the season.

His backup, Fred Jackson, now becomes a legitimate fantasy starter for the first three games of the season (and a necessary handcuff if you draft Lynch).  Jackson finished 2008 with 571 rush yds and 3 TDs, including a huge 136 rush yd game against New England to end the season.

If Lynch gets hurt or (more likely) does something else stupid involving guns and cars, Jackson would be a fantasy star.