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LaDainian Tomlinson Signs with New York Jets: Fantasy Value?

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

The New York Jets agreed to a two-year deal with former San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson on Sunday.

Tomlinson, a certain Hall of Fame back who lost carries (and games) to injury over the past couple seasons, brings a veteran to the Jets backfield to replace the departed Thomas Jones (who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs ).

What does this mean to fantasy owners?

It clearly labels Shonn Greene the future feature back in New York, but the terms of the deal indicate that the majority of the carries will likely go to Tomlinson. Now, whether that majority is 70 percent or 51 is yet to be determined, but Tomlinson brings an exceptional amount of experience and skill to the Jets backfield.

Greene racked up 540 yards on 108 carries in 2009, scoring just two touchdowns in a backup role behind Jones. Tomlinson had 730 yards on 223 carries with 12 touchdowns in San Diego.

The Jets still have a solid offensive line in place and will look to replace Jones’ 331 carries, 1,402 yards, and 14 touchdowns with some combination of these two backs. The combination of Greene and Tomlinson could match the Jets’ 2009 total of over 1,900 yards again in 2010.

This move should increase the values or Tomlinson, Greene, and quarterback Mark Sanchez for 2010.

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