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Lynch starting, but Forsett still contributing in Seattle

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By Michael Blunda

Many thought the arrival of Marshawn Lynch in Seattle meant the end of Justin Forsett's fantasy value, but that proved not to be the case.

In his Seahawks debut on Sunday at Chicago, Lynch led the team in carries with 17, but he was only able to churn out 44 yards and a TD. Forsett, meanwhile, went back to being a change-of-pace back and had maybe his best game of 2010, carrying the ball 10 times for 67 yards and a score.

As the starter and primary back, Lynch obviously has the most value in the Seattle backfield. His play hasn't been all that impressive over the past couple seasons, but he was a Pro Bowler as recently as '08, so there's plenty of potential still there. Sunday's matchup with the Bears was a tough one, so expect him to do better than 2.6 yards per carry moving forward and be worth a spot in your lineup most weeks.

But the other story here is Forsett, who actually could produce better in his current role than as the lead dog. He's not really built to take a pounding and simply wasn't effective as the starter, yet he showed a good burst Sunday coming in off the bench fresh. In larger formats, he still should be kept around as a potential flex option.

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