NFL Fantasy Football Risers: LaDainian Tomlinson

Wayne MakelaContributor INovember 16, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San DIego Chargers runs for a gain during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Chargers won 31-23. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Donald Miralle/Getty Images

It's hard to believe we're even thinking about it, but despite a Hall of Fame career and still being the starting running back for the San Diego Chargers, we're just now beginning to hear some buzz and whispers about LT being a fantasy riser .

He's had a fairly ho-hum season so far, but almost reached 100 yards on the ground against a solid Philadelphia Eagles defense in Week 10, and notched his second game in three contests of at least two scores.

We're not saying you should pull of a blockbuster deal to land LT while his stock is low, but we are saying that if you have him, either sell high, or take pride in knowing that first round pick you spent on Tomlinson may not be a complete waste, after all.

Tomlinson has a supposedly tough match-up against the Denver Broncos next week, as he and his Chargers face-off in a big game that could mean the division for the team that escapes victorious.

LT then has a nice line of soft or mediocre match-ups, taking on the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. You may want to use him for that three week stretch and then ship him off to another team on a high note, as his schedule then gets more difficult with tough matchups against the Bengals, Titans, and Redskins to end the season.

However, you can feel good about the fact that LT will be the main ball carrier and has looked like his old self in two of his last three games.

Verdict: If your running back depth isn't great, you may just have to settle with LT coming to life a bit, and take his re-emergence (of sorts) as a win.

If you have solid depth, however, now would be a good time to promote his decent schedule in the coming weeks, and try to get a desperate owner to take him off your hands.

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