If you’re an NFL football that is intrigued with running back Marshawn Lynch’s return to the NFL and his hometown Oakland Raiders, join the club. More importantly, if you think you know how the widely beloved former Seattle Seahawks star is going to perform in his first season by the bay after sitting out the past season, then you could cash in big thanks to the player props odds surrounding.
If you have no idea what to expect out of Lynch in 2017 but you’d like to know what is most likely in store for the man they call ‘Beast Mode’ then you’re going to love my pair of expert picks on the two props odds surrounding Lynch’s return. Let’s get started.
Here’s A Closer Look At The NFL Props Betting Marshawn Lynch Record With Raiders
Which Oakland Raiders Player Will Close the Season with the Most Yards?
Marshawn Lynch: +160
Amari Cooper: EV
Michael Crabtree: +250
Analysis: In his four previous seasons prior to his final campaign in Seattle, Marshawn Lynch rushed for at least 1,204 yards every season. However, gifted young wide receiver Amari Cooper has racked up consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons heading into his third season, including a career-high 1,153 receiving yards this past season. Veteran wideout Michael Crabtree racked up 1,003 receiving yard last season, but that was just the second time in his eight-year career that he’s reached that figure.
The smart money for this props odd wager is on Amari Cooper seeing a how he’s the only one of the three player involved in this wager that is in the prime of his career. Both, Michael Crabtree and Marshawn Lynch are both well on the back side of their respective careers and likely won’t improve any more than what they’ve already shown while the possibility that Amari Cooper could get even better in the near future is very legitimate. Keep it simple and back Amari Cooper at even money here.
Pick: Amari Cooper – Even
Will Marshawn Lynch Have A +1000 Yard Season With the Oakland Raiders?
Analysis: The first thing you need to know about this props odd pick is that Marshawn Lynch is 31-years-old and that running backs generally don’t tend to get better once they get on the wrong side of 30. Lynch was limited to just 417 rushing yards in seven games in his final season in Seattle in 2015 while averaging just 3.8 yards per carry and that just doesn’t bode well even after a year off.
Still though, several running backs have reached the 1,000-yard plateau at the age of 31, including former greats like Curtis Martin, Tiki Barber, Emmitt Smith and Fred Taylor. With Lynch joining a Raiders team that can throw the ball very well with Derek Carr at quarterback and elite wide receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, there should be plenty of running room for Lynch in 2017.
I don’t think Marshawn Lynch is coming back to be mediocre and that he’ll reach the 1,000-yard mark in Oakland’s now, well-balanced offense.