LT in ’08? Um, ya think?

LaDainian Tomlinson appeared on Sirius Radio’s NFL Channel yesterday to talk about fantasy football. He was promoting another site’s fantasy game. I’m not going to say what site, because, after all, we’ve got our own fantasy product that we’re trying to promote.

Tomlinson’s appearance on Sirius was part of a major media tour to promote this site’s fantasy game, and the theme of the promotion is “LT in ’08” — dovetailing an election year with the notion that LT actually has to campaign to be the first pick in your fantasy football draft. As if that’s really up for debate.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB
San Diego Chargers

2007 Statistics:
Rush Yds: 1,474
Receiving Yds: 475
Total TDs: 18

Let me make this perfectly clear: If you have the first pick in your draft and you do not take LaDainian Tomlinson, you are an idiot. There, I said it.

I feel even stronger about this after hearing what LT had to say yesterday. These media tours rarely include much substance, but he told Peter King and Randy Cross that Chargers head coach Norv Turner has been focusing in minicamps this year on more passes to Tomlinson out of the backfield.

Whoa… In 2003, Tomlinson caught 100 passes for 725 yards and 4 TDs — finishing with a career-high 2,370 yards from scrimmage. In four years since then, he’s averaged 55 receptions for 449 yards and 2 TDs. Of course, he has never rushed for less than 1,236 yards in a season, and he has averaged 2,003 total yards from scrimmage for his career!

With all this being said, there is one argument against taking LT with the top pick: In 2006, when LT smashed the single-season TD record, my boss here at the NFL unknowingly had LT sitting on his fantasy bench for six weeks in a row … and he still won our league.

Which proves one of the following things: a) you can win without LT; b) the rest of our league sucked; or c) NFL executives can fix fantasy leagues.

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