One of the biggest topics of conversation in the world of fantasy football is the value of LaDainian Tomlinson.
The superstar running back was the consensus No. 1 overall pick in most 2008 drafts, but an injured toe and several other factors caused him to disappoint.
Sure, Tomlinson did finish sixth in points at his position on NFL.com. But don’t forget that 27 of his 209 points came in Week 17, when most fantasy league championships had already ended.
Tomlinson’s level of consistent production was also less than stellar. Even against weaker teams like the Chiefs and Raiders, L.T. wasn’t the same back that lit up scoreboards and led fantasy owners to victory.
Now 30, Tomlinson is on a mission to prove that his age isn’t a statistical death sentence for running backs. He’s had a tremendous offseason and has the support of coach Norv Turner, who wants to get L.T. 325 carries in ’09.
So the question remains: Will Tomlinson bounce back and regain his status as an elite fantasy running back, or was last season a vision of things to come?
Personally, I don’t think Tomlinson will be any better than he was last season. A combination of age, past history and a schedule that includes eight games against teams that finished 12th or better against the run last season makes me very weary of taking him in the first round.
Of course, my NFL.com pals Craig Ellenport and Adam Rank both think Tomlinson will rebound and be the superstar he’s been for most of his NFL career.
Now I want to hear what you think.
Leave your thoughts and predictions for Tomlinson in 2009 in the discussion section below. Or, you can also send me an email and put “LaDainian Tomlinson” in the subject field. Be sure to include your full name, city and state, and I’ll post the 10 best responses in an upcoming blog. Also, I’ll be chatting live later this week — at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday — so send in your questions. I’m sure Tomlinson will be a big topic.
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