Engel: Week 16 wrapup
No TD for LT: Many fantasy owners who faced LaDainian Tomlinson in their championship game this past week were worried about the results. But you can't be concerned about who your opponent starts, because you can't control his results. And anything can happen in any week in fantasy football. It takes more than one player to win a championship, even in fantasy football, and that was proven when Tomlinson's owners needed the rest of their squad to boost them to a win. For the first time since Oct. 8, Tomlinson did not score a touchdown. He did finish with 123 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but it wasn't the type of performance that had carried his owners to their final games. If your team had a good combination of players and won, you learned a valuable lesson. A balanced squad can beat one outstanding player, and an unbalanced squad can only be carried so far by one player.
MVP flashback: While Tomlinson should end up with this season's NFL Most Valuable Player Award, last year's MVP outshined him in the same game and was certainly a fantasy Super Bowl MVP in a lot of leagues. From a fantasy perspective, Shaun Alexander had his best game of the 2006 season, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. It has taken some time, but Alexander has clearly regained his classic form and appears to be fully past a recent foot injury that had marred most of his season. He is running with full confidence and is no longer showing any signs of being hesitant to plant or cut, and he is definitely hitting holes with authority and changing speeds well. Alexander should continue to run well in Week 17 and the NFC playoffs, and will fully regain the faith of fantasy players as a top five draft pick for 2007.
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