- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Ever since the beginning of the '06 season, many fantasy leaguers have wondered about the future of Chargers running back Michael Turner. He has long been mentioned as a possible starter with another team after showing promise in relief of LaDainian Tomlinson.
In 2007, we might find out just how effective Turner can be as a No. 1 running back. If he leaves San Diego for a situation that will allow him to get the bulk of the carries, speculation about Turner's fantasy value could run rampant. A handful of teams are reportedly very interested in acquiring Turner, even though San Diego tendered his contract at the highest rate possible. It would cost any possible suitor a first- and third-round pick in the upcoming draft if they sign him as a restricted free agent.
While such a price could have scared a lot of teams off, San Diego is expected to entertain trade offers for Turner instead of keeping him and losing him as a free agent after 2007 with no compensation. While the Chargers would certainly like the luxury of keeping Turner as a backup again, his market value is quite high right now and it's a very opportune time to get the best possible return in a trade before the draft. It seems Turner is destined to leave San Diego for a starting opportunity in the near future.
Scott Engel examines Michael Turner's fantasy value based on where he lands this season.