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Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Posted on: September 19, 2008 3:16 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2008 12:36 am

Today, I need your help. You, you, you, and yes, you.

Everybody and anybody with an opinion, help me. I can't do this on my own. I thought I could Thursday morning, but I awoke Friday morning unable to.

I've lost sleep (not really) and asked everybody from loved ones to hated ones to ones who don't speak human (does rolling over on your back and squirting out a little pee mean "do it"?) what to do.

Here's the situation: I own LaDainian Tomlinson, and Thursday morning I was convinced I needed to get him off my team, ASAP. I was throwing so many trades around, I swear Trung Candidate was on the table at one point. I was reckless, at best. But one trade offer I proposed came back with a counter offer that has me hung up.

I would send LaDainian Tomlinson and Laveranues Leon Coles and in return receive Willie Parker and DeSean Jackson.

TomlinsonThose are the facts. Here's the background. I came into the year convinced this was the beginning of the end for L.T. but got "stuck" with the top overall pick of the draft. I took him.

His first game was promising, as you know, but then came the toe injury. That has me thinking "sell LT futures, sell now!"

But then the day went on, and I developed a fantasy-football induced split personality. This other version of me whispered to me, "Eric, it's just a toe injury and remember last year's slow start. It will all come together, just be patient, the worst is behind you."

But the other side then tells me: "Eric, this is the beginning of the end. You're ahead of the curve here. He's 29, banged up, has a sprightly backup making noise. Plus, the Chargers are evolving into a pass-first team. The guy's being phased out, bail now, look like a genius and get something in return."

Then I tell myself, "Eric, if there's one thing Norv Turner teams do well, it's run the ball."

Then I tell myself, "Yes, that's true, but a hurt LT is a hurt LT."

Other self: "It's just his toe! He says he'll be around 100 percent Monday night and heck, I'll be happy with a 75 percent LT."

Other me, "Yes, but if he's compensating for the toe, he'll risk hurting something more serious, like a knee, or hammy."

Other me, "yes, but IF HE IS HEALTHY, his schedule is tasty from here on out."

Other me, "yes, but he's the lone pitchman for Campbell's Chunky Soup this year."

Other me, "dear lord."

Other me, "make the trade."

Other me, "don't make the trade."

And so it goes. As of 2:50 PM ET Friday, I'm leaning toward not making the trade. I'm all in on LT, despite being a big Willie Parker and DeSean Jackson fan.

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2008 9:33 pm

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Well, I stuck it out with LT. Here's hoping the toe ain't that big a deal. Thanks for all your help, fellow community members.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 1:19 pm

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

You know, I have LaDainian Tomlinson in my keeper league and I have been thinking the same things.  Do I trade him now, or grind it out?  I stuck with him.  Only for the reason that, he's STILL LT.  29 is old for a running back, but not that old.  I could understand if his stats fell off the face of the earth, but hell, he's still putting up 14+ touchdowns, running for over 1200 and catching out of the backfield.  He even throws touchdowns.  But there is no arguement from me about LT's stock heading south, but I dont think that will happen for atleast another 2 years.  Lets see what happens with the next couple games, if he's running for 34 yards and no touchdowns, then hes gone, but I see him putting up the same numbers as last year.  STICK with him!

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 6:10 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Wait on him. This week will tell you a lot. He looked good first week, there's no reason to think he can't regain his form this year.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2008 11:19 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Lt's wonderful run is over and will be cemented if he's given significant playing time Monday...the toe has ended many careers early....Deion Sanders and Jack Lambert to name 2. Best thing to do is rest him for three weeks and then use him maybe 60% of the time and have the great LT for that workload...he becomes a good fantasy RB....much like Faulk became as he winded down...Sproles is the real deal though Charger fans...he's just money...don't worry about his size...wont be hit...kind of Flutie/Houdini like as he won't get hit square....

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 3:20 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

I have LT in 2 leagues. In one of my leagues I'm holding on to him  but putting him on the bench for Week 3 hoping he plays and gets out of his slump so i feel more confident starting him week 4. Right now I have Sammy Morris (against Miami Week 3), Larry Johnson (outburst last week about carries had his coach saying he does need more carries) and Thomas Jones (will at least play against a struggling Chargers D) but its hard keepin him on the bench too long because my WRs are horrible right now and I'm lookin for a quick fix. I got Chad Johnson (struggling Bengals on every part of the game), Roy Williams (now 2nd choice on the Lions), Dwayne Bowe (doesn't have a consistant QB throwing to him) and Bryant Johnson (picked up for Week 3 against Lions and will be a nice fix for games against the Rams). Its hard not trading LT for a quick fix at receiver but it also hard thinking i could be trading away a great RB.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 12:39 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

WOW!  I thought the exact same thing....

This year will be the beginning of the end of L.T...even though he rejected the Madden Cover offer.  (BTW, Brett Favre injury right around the corner)

And naturally, I got the first pick as well....I wanted to draft Westbrook so badly...but it just seems like a fantasy sin not to do it.  Well, either way, I now have Sproles on my bench.  So he's my LaDainian bail out plan.  It's either trade...or get Sproles...and I picked get Sproles. (Still have LT)  But I think you should counter offer one more time.  Change out DeSean Jackson for something else.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2008 12:38 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Let's assume trading for Sproles isn't an option. The price is too high and the return is questionable. Also, for the record, I think it's safe to assume DeSean Jackson is the Eagles' No. 1 receiver. Reggie Brown will never account for anything and Kevin Curtis was basically a three-week wonder. He may be a punk, but he's Donovan's punk.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2008 12:31 am

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Other RBs are: Turner, Jamal Lewis, Michael Bush, LaMont Jordan and LeRon McClain. We start three RBs, so you can tell, my bench is almost entirely devoted to fliers on RBs.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 11:53 pm

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Best RB ever to play the game, period. You're a moron if you think LT is done.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:31 pm

Do I bail on LaDainian Tomlinson?

Yes, yes, YES, and YeS for parker and jackson if you don't you will lose...... LT is done...

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