Fantasy Football’s Great Debate
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Champion: LaDainian Tomlinson
Challenger: Adrian Peterson
Tale of the Tape
1949 Total Yards (1474 Rushing Yards, 475 Receiving Yards)
19 TDs (15 Rushing, 3 Receiving, 1 Passing)
Average 121.8 Yards, 1.19 TDs per game
1609 Total Yards (1341 Rushing Yards, 268 Receiving Yards)
13 TDs (12 Rushing, 1 Receiving)
Average: 114.9 Yards, 0.93 TDs per game
LT just celebrated his 29th birthday. While he’s still on the right side of the “30 Line”, he’s creeping closer. Not to mention he has had a little wear and tear over the years (2,365 attempts, 458 receptions). All Day is all of 23 years of age. Like LT, he does and says all the right things. The only knock on him (and it’s not a loud knock) is that he has had some fluke injuries. They don’t appear to be problematic, but if they continue to occur, you have to at least factor that into his fantasy football profile. Most owners would give their last beers or hand over their porterhouse steak in order to land either of these two electric backs. The question for one soul is “which one do I take”? I understand the choice appears to be like choosing between Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel, it could be a costly mistake if chosen poorly. Personally, I would go with the guy with the proven track record. He has rushed for at least 1200 yards (including five of seven over 1400), added at least 350 receiving yards, and scored double-digit TDs every year he’s been in the league. While All Day is certainly capable of matching those numbers, I’d like to see him repeat his stellar rookie campaign without signs of a sophomore slump before I’m handing him the keys to the fantasy football kingdom. Let’s not forget that LT has been in this position before. Prior to the 2006 season and upstart named Larry Johnson catapulted to the top of most fantasy football drafts based on his remarkable 2005 finish. Do you remember how LT responded? 2023 total yards (1815 rushing, 508 receiving) and 33 TDs (28 rushing, 3 receiving, 2 passing). Not that I expect him to come close to those numbers, but I’m expecting another fabulous season as he proclaims his fantasy football dominance one last time. I don’t expect him to hold onto the fantasy title past this year, but that shouldn’t stop him from having your competition at your mercy one last time. Either way you should be fine. I don’t see a Shaun Alexander fall from grace in his immediate future.
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