Once upon a time L.T. was a number one fantasy football draft pick. Those days are long gone for the ex-Charger. LaDainian Tomlinson is 31, playing with a new team, and coming off of a terrible fantasy football season. So where do you draft LaDainian Tomlinson in 2010?
Like many I was suckered last year by the LaDainian Tomlinson hype. Yes he was 30 but L.T. was adamant coming into the season that he hadn’t lost a step. L.T. was coming off an injury but assured the world he would be the most productive running back at 30 in NFL history. LaDainian Tomlinson had a very below average season with the San Diego Chargers and likely burnt anyone that drafted him in the first four rounds.
Fast forward to the 2010 fantasy football season and here we are again with a lot of questions surrounding LaDainian Tomlinson. The biggest question being asked is whether L.T.’s decline in play the last few years was a result of a bad offensive line or an aging running back? The line play won’t even be a question this year as L.T. will be running behind arguably the best offensive in the NFL. It won’t take long to know whether LaDainian Tomlinson’s decline in play was a result of a bad line or father time.
The new scheduled LaDainian Tomlinson will play should also be taken into consideration when drafting L.T. L.T. played his entire career in the AFC West. L.T. played the Oakland Raiders , Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs twice a year. That kind of a schedule is a dream for any fantasy running back. L.T. will now be opposing the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins twice a year. Neither team boast great rushing defenses, but they are in a class above anyone in the AFC West. L.T. will get the Buffalo Bills twice a year which will be just like playing the Oakland Raiders twice. L.T. will also see some tough defenses from the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets don’t have a favorable schedule for fantasy football running backs.
There isn’t that much upside with L.T. If Shonn Greene gets hurt I’d imagine that Joe McKnight would shoot up over LaDainian Tomlinson on the depth chart. L.T. missed two games last season and at 31 I don’t expect him to hold up any better in a much tougher division. I do expect that L.T. will have a few good weeks here and there getting goal line carries. But he is not someone you are going to start unless you are absolutely desperate, Shonn Greene is out, and the Jets are playing the Buffalo Bills. Don’t be suckered by the hype this year. Take him in the later rounds and trade him quick after a big week. That is about the only LaDainian Tomlinson fantasy football value that I see.
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