LT Getting Healthy, Ready to Silence Critics
One of the biggest question marks, as fantasy football players begin their rankings, is the health of LaDainian Tomlinson. He is no longer considered the top pick, but he is still a first round pick. I had the opportunity to take him in a mock draft with the fifth pick, but opted to take Larry Fitzgerald instead. If the same scenario was presented to me today, I may have to reverse my thinking and take LT. It’s close.
Some think I’m nuts for taking a WR with the fifth pick, but Chris Johnson is in a shared backfield with LenDale White, LT & S-Jax are coming off injuries, and there isn’t a proven track record for DeAngelo Williams and Steve Slaton. Fitz has 1400 yards and 10 TDs in three of his past four years. With roughly half of first round RBs typically falling short of expectations, Fitz just seems a safer play for a top pick. This article isn’t about Fitz though, so let me get back to the matter at hand.
LT, by all accounts, had a down year in 2008. The man had 1536 total yards (1110 rushing, 426 receiving) and 12 TDs (11 rushing, 1 receiving). His ypc wasn’t great at 3.8, but he was dealing with a toe injury. That injury has healed though, and according to an AP report he is “kind of making sure my body’s in great shape, and making sure I’m as strong as possible. I haven’t missed any time, worked out every single day. … I haven’t had a setback at all.” Encouraging words for those who own LT in keeper leagues.
Another factor is the return of Shawne Merriman. He will single-handedly make the Defense better. Instead of Rivers airing it out, the Chargers will likely be able to have a more balanced attack. Sproles will have a larger role next year, but that should only serve LT better by keeping him fresh.
Obviously a setback can occur along the way, but the future Hall of Famer is rising on my board.
How about you? With what pick would you take LT?