Left for dead by the fantasy community after an extremely disappointing 2009 season, RB LaDainian Tomlinson is a serious fantasy player once again.
Looking a lot like the guy who was the No. 1 player in the game for a long period of time, Tomlinson ran over the Bills on Sunday for 133 yards and two TDs on just 19 carries. Unlike last season, he did not appear to be slowing down or over the hill. Instead, the 31-year-old displayed the speed and elusiveness of someone 10 years younger.
While part of the reason for L.T.’s monster performance was that he was facing a terrible Buffalo defensive front, it’s not like he had been a slouch before Sunday. Tomlinson was gaining a career-best 5.6 yards per carry through the first three weeks, and he clearly had been outplaying his younger backfield mate, Shonn Greene. Obviously, the move from San Diego to New York did the veteran quite a bit of good.
After his Week Four showing, L.T. has proven that he’s definitely back to being a legitimate fantasy contributor. Picking up 105.6 yards from scrimmage per contest with three TDs, he’ll be a difficult player to bench moving forward, even with Greene finally picking up his play on Sunday. The Jets’ strong O-line and commitment to the run should ensure that Tomlinson gets plenty of opportunities and running room on a weekly basis, making him very difficult to leave on benches.
If you had the confidence in L.T. to draft him, congratulations. He should keep rewarding you with stellar numbers.