Will LT lead you to the Promised Land?

Dec 1, 2008

When you selected LT with the #1 pick in your fantasy draft you had visions of taking home the hardware in your league.  After, he is LT.  He had seven straight season with 1600+ total yards and 10+ TDs.  To say he hasn’t lived up to his top billing is a gross understatement.  In fact, Michael Turner, his former backup, has nearly twice as many TDs (13 to 7).  Three times this year LT has been held under 70 total yards without a TD.  He has just two 100-yard games and two multi-TD games, items that have been staples of LT’s storied career.

Well folks, if you’ve hung on through his ups and downs to be in the playoffs, it’s time to collect your dividends.  First up is Oakland.  LT simply terrorizes them when he squares off against them.  In fifteen career games against the Raiders he has 2077 total yards (138.5 per game) and 21 TDs (1.4 per game).  The Raiders rank 29th against the rush with 158.8 yards allowed per game at 4.6 yards per carry, along with 17 rushing scores.  LT had his best game of the season against Oakland back in Week 4 when he ran for 106 yards and 2 TDs. 

If he moves you into Round 2 of the playoffs, you can take advantage of another soft matchup against Kansas City.  They are even worst against the run allowing 163.7 yards per game at 5.0 yards per carry with 20 rushing TDs.  He hasn’t quite shared the same success against the Chiefs (126.7 ypg & 0.8 TDs), including being held without a TD back in Week 10, but clearly he’s had his way with them. 

These two matchups could go a long way in justifying his draft position.  He has favorable matchups the next two weeks that very well could put you in your league’s championship game.  He draws Tampa Bay in Week 16, who has only allowed one rushing TD all year.  With that tough matchup he may not deliver a fantasy title, but he should help you get in the door.  At that point anything can happen.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    December 1st, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    I’m glad you told me this, because I have almost traded him three times this season in one of my leagues (I nabbed him in two different leagues, though once was b/c my computer froze and he was the preset #1, I would have taken A.P. with my actual pick). To know that he has these easy matchups at the crucial point in the year is great news.

    Now, if he can just do what he normally does against OAK and KC everything will be gravy.

  2. LestersLegends
    December 1st, 2008 at 10:55 am #


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