LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, New York Jets

by Tim Heaney on July 13, 2010 @ 17:58:00 PDT

 


LaDainian Tomlinson | New York Jets | 5-foot-10, 221 pounds | 10th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: LT moves behind a better offensive line to a more run-friendly system. He was competent in frequent goal line use in his final season with the San Diego Chargers, averaging 3.4 red zone plays per contest and crossing the goal line 12 times. His apt blocking will keep him on the field often. Formerly an elite pass-catching option, Tomlinson should see more looks as a receiver - possibly his main responsibility - now that he doesn't have to contend with Darren Sproles in that department.

Cons: Tomlinson has 2,880 NFL carries; expect the decline to continue. His yards-per-carry average hit a career low (3.3) in his age-30 season, and that won't help him gain consistent production as the likely second fiddle to Shonn Greene. How confident are you in plugging in a player whose main value comes from touchdowns? The passing game should also expand, with the arrival of Santonio Holmes, the growth of Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez gaining another year under his belt. 

Fantasy tip: LT could fall far in many drafts, making him an OK target as a No. 4 back in point-per-reception setups. He'll probably have inconsistent production because of his timeshare. He's going in the 10th round, on average, in non-PPR setups, which is a little soon. That's a more justifiable price if your league counts catches.

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