Fantasy Stock Watch: Is LT really on the rise?

Updated: October 20, 2009, 1:51 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
LaDainian Tomlinson produced his first double-digit fantasy game of the season Monday night. We project him to be one of the top-five running backs in Week 7 as well, so some might say all is right with LT again.

Well, I watched Tomlinson closely in Monday's losing effort against the Denver Broncos, and I don't see how anyone could be impressed. There were times when Chargers QB Philip Rivers set him up in the open field, and the future Hall of Fame running back did little with the opportunity; defensive backs didn't need help to catch him or wrap him up. On running plays, Tomlinson was clearly the team's choice, but although he initially showed some burst through gaping holes, he wasn't outrunning anyone or breaking tackles. His 10-point game would have been 20 points in 2007.

There's no way I'd dump Tomlinson, of course, but I think his stock actually fell Monday night. He should be better against forgiving defenses, which the Broncos do not have, but then again, what are you expecting? I don't think he's a No. 1 fantasy back anymore, and I'm not sure he's an RB2. Can we even count on him to stay healthy? The Chiefs and Raiders are up next for the Chargers, but don't you think Rivers and the passing game will be entrusted to outscore those teams?