Ladarius Green Fantasy News

Steelers TE Ladarius Green expected to practice Tuesday

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 11:13am

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

Finally, the Ferrari is pulling into the Steelers' practice field.

Seven months after the Steelers gave him a rare big-money free-agent contract, three months after being placed on the physically unable to perform list and seven weeks into the regular season, Ladarius Green is – at last – expected go through his first practice with the Steelers.

Related players: Jesse James

Fantasy Impact:

Green said Monday he had been medically cleared and that coach Mike Tomlin had decided to hold him out. By rule, Green was not permitted to practice until last week. Once he does practice. The team has 21 days to activate him to the 53-man roster. Jesse James has 22 catches for 159 yards and three TDs this year.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green to meet with HC Mike Tomlin about return to practice

Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:30pm

The Times - [Full Article]

Ladarius Green said he planned to have a conversation on Monday afternoon with coach Mike Tomlin to decide whether he'll practice this week. Green is eligible to return from the physically unable to perform list, and the Steelers then have 21 days to activate him once he begins practicing.

"Everything is getting better, everything has progressed pretty well," he said. "I’m just waiting to get the word."

Green said he has voiced he desire to begin practicing to Tomlin.

"He knows I want to be out there, but it’s up to him to do what’s best for the team," Green said. "I’ve agreed with everything he decides like I’ve been doing, and he’ll make the right decision."

Fantasy Impact:

When Green does return, the Steelers will have a decision to make at tight end. Xavier Grimble or Davis Johnson could get released, or the team could keep four tight ends on the roster and cut someone elsewhere to make room for Green.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green looks to get back on field

Monday, October 17, 2016, 5:03pm - [Full Article]

TE Ladarius Green, who signed with the Steelers during free agency, was placed on the physically unable to perform list prior to the start of the regular season, requiring him to miss the first six games of the year. He is now eligible to return and is hoping that he can get on the field this week in practice and be ready to go.

“I might finally get a chance to go on the field and play and practice,” said Green. “That is exciting. I feel pretty good. It’s been a while since I have played, a while since I have practiced. I feel good. I am excited to get back out there and see what I can do.”

Related players: Jesse James

Fantasy Impact:

Green said any decision on a timetable for his return is up to the coaches, and with the way the tight ends, including Jesse James, Xavier Grimble and D.J. Johnson are playing, he knows he has a lot to prove, the story said. Green has been dealing with an ankle injury that has sidelined him for months now, but said the last obstacle to overcome was the ability to jump on it, something he is comfortable with now.

Steelers TE Jesse James ready for his chance

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers walked away from last season with an affinity for Jesse James but unsure if that relationship would graduate to love. The signing of tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year deal confirmed that status.

Now that Green will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, the Steelers need the love to flow through the Three Rivers.

It is officially Jesse James time. And he's ready.

"I feel really good. I feel confident," said James, who recorded four catches for 25 yards and a touchdown against New Orleans last week. "I want to be a primary option for us."

Fantasy Impact:

The story didn't predict James would become a primary option, but did feel, at 6-6, he's a huge red zone target with sure hands. He works hard at blocking and isn't elite but wants to get better, the story said. It sounds like he could make for a lower-end TE1 or high-end TE2 fantasy option if all goes well. Ben Roethlisberger likes to target the TE so it may just be a matter of gaining James' trust in key situations as well as the red zone.

Steelers place TE Ladarius Green on PUP list

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 4:27pm - [Full Article]

Ladarius Green will continue to sit out.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday they placed the tight end on the physically unable to perform list to start the season.

The move doesn't come as a surprise. Green hasn't participated in workouts after signing a four-year, $20 million contract this offseason.

NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported earlier this month that Green was dealing with recurring headaches after suffering multiple concussions during his four years in San Diego.

The Steelers and Green insist his ankle has been the reason he's missed workouts, but the tight end's agent told Kinkhabwala the ankle is "fine."

Fantasy Impact:

Green was ramping up his activity, but he’ll miss at least the first six games as he continues to rehab his ankle (or deals with lingering headaches from a 2015 concussion, depending on who you believe). He has fantastic potential in this offense, so his status is worth monitoring in September and October as a possible midseason pickup. But he’s no longer worth a late-round pick in all but the deepest leagues. Jesse James takes over as the starter and is a sneaky play for the first half of the season. James has terrific size and should serve as a nice target in the red zone.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green denies headache reports

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5:39pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

Steelers tight end Ladarius Green on Saturday denied rumors that he's dealing with recurring headaches and reiterated it is his surgically repaired ankle is what is keeping him on the physically unable to perform list.

Speaking for the first time since a NFL Network report Aug. 11 said he was suffering headaches possibly stemming from a pair of concussions during a two-week span last year while playing for the Chargers, Green said he was surprised when he heard about having recurring headaches.

“I don't know what reports those are,” Green said. “I am still on PUP because of my ankle.”

Fantasy Impact:

Follow-up reports claimed the Steelers could ultimately release Green, and even Green was contemplating retirement. Hopefully the headache reports are indeed false. Still, Green has missed a big part of camp. He could be a big weapon in the middle of the field for Ben Roethlisberger if he can get healthy.

Still no clarity on Ladarius Green

Monday, August 15, 2016, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's still no clarity on Ladarius Green's future with the Steelers other than coach Mike Tomlin reiterates he's on the physically unable to perform list because of offseason ankle surgery.

Tomlin said he isn't addressing an NFL Network report that Green is suffering from recurring headaches.

Fantasy Impact:

Green was signed as a potential offset to the loss of Martavis Bryant and an imposing weapon for Ben Roethlisberger in the middle of the field. A few interesting fantasy notes in this piece include expecting the team to 'heavily' use LeVeon Bell in the passing game in the red zone. The story said the team also likes Jesse James as a possible TE replacement but the team isn't sure they love him. The story also said to not write off Green. He could be placed on IR and return should the Steelers decide to use that roster spot.

Sources: Ladarius Green in Danger of Being Cut, Considering Retirement

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 3:14pm

NBC Sports Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The NFL Media report, attributed to an unnamed member of the Steelers, regarding the recurring headaches suffered by tight end Ladarius Green raises questions about the player’s future, and regarding his contract.

First, rumors of Green dealing with lingering headaches have been circulating since training camp opened. The person who first mentioned the ongoing headaches to PFT suggested that Green is considering retirement. If the headaches don’t resolve, retirement remains an option.

Second, earlier today the same source told PFT that there’s new speculation that the Steelers may eventually cut Green.

Third, the Steelers could end up recovering (or at least trying to recover) Green’s $4.75 million signing bonus. If he retires, Green definitely owes the money. Even if he’s cut, however, there’s a chance the Steelers could make the same argument the Patriots advanced three years ago regarding defensive end Jonathan Fanene.

Fantasy Impact:

This is somewhat alarming news, as it sounds like Green's symptoms from previous concussions are very serious. There's no telling how this is going to play out, but we have moved Green way down our draft board for now. Green will have huge upside in the high-octane Steelers offense if he is healthy, but even if he plays in 2016, he may be one concussion away from hanging up his cleats. Green can no longer be counted on as a fantasy starter, and is in danger of not being draftable at all.

Source: Headaches, not his ankle, keeping Steelers TE Ladarius Green on the sideline

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 1:56pm - [Full Article]

The Steelers made just one splashy -- and much-needed -- free agent signing this past offseason, tight end Ladarius Green. They have yet to see him in their offense, though, and a member of the organization, informed of the player's health, said it has nothing to do with the tight end's surgically-repaired ankle -- but is instead an issue with recurring headaches.

Green's agent, Adisi Bakara, however, immediately said, "His ankle is fine," when reached Wednesday night. Bakara would not comment on what is ultimately keeping Green sidelined, and his client has reportedly been seen running sprints at St. Vincent's College, while his teammates practice.

Green, then a member of the Chargers, complained of headaches after suffering two concussions in two weeks last September, according to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Those were his second and third concussions in less than one calendar year. Green sat out one game last season due to a concussion, while ankle issues sidelined him for two others. A concussion also caused Green to miss one game during the 2014 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Green landed in a great situation, but it sounds like he continues to have symptoms from previous concussions. There's no telling how this is going to play out, so we're moving Green down our draft board until he's able to return to practice. In redraft formats, given his upside, Green is a good late-round pick as a TE2 but for now he can't be counted on as a fantasy starter.

Steelers Beat: Jesse James is TE if season started today

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 9:51am

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

If the season began today – and, of course, it doesn’t – and/or if Ladarius Green’s surgically-repaired ankle doesn’t improve over the next five weeks… what are the Steelers options at tight end?

Jesse James would start and serve the No. 1 role. Xavier Grimble has been taking practice reps commensurate with a player who’s expected to have a not-insignificant role in the offense. David Johnson will handle duties of a hybrid Matt Spaeth/Will Johnson 2015 version, meaning mostly as a blocker. It appears Nix is being prepped for some traditional tight end-style work, and maybe someone such Mt. Lebanon native Paul Lang steals a roster spot (in lieu of a still-PUP’d Green).

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, the unsettled situation bares watching over the next four weeks through the preseason games and up until the final cutdown day. That's especially true if Green's injury continues to keep him out.

Steelers TE Ladarius Green sitting out OTAs after offseason ankle surgery

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 3:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers TE Ladarius Green is sitting out OTAs after offseason ankle surgery and doesn't know the exact date for return (the expectation is training camp). "I just want to see if I can prove it to myself that I can go out there and be the best," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

This doesn't sound too serious. Green landed in an optimal situation in Pittsburgh, playing with an elite quarterback and in a high-octane offense. It also doesn’t hurt that Martavis Bryant is suspended for the year; the team is likely to lean on Green’s size in the red zone. In four games that Antonio Gates missed in 2015, Green averaged 4.5 catches for 55 yards and 0.75 TD (on 6.8 targets per game). In the 13 career games where he has seen at least five targets, he has averaged 7.5 fantasy points (standard), which would have translated to #7 TE numbers in 2015.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant dropping appeal, will be suspended for the entire 2016 season

Monday, March 14, 2016, 3:15pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is dropping his appeal of his suspension. He's going to be suspended a year.

Bryant is eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before 1-year anniversary of the suspension.

Related players: Markus Wheaton, Ladarius Green, Darrius Heyward-Bey

Fantasy Impact:

Markus Wheaton sees the biggest bump in fantasy value with the news of Bryant's suspension. He caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns on the season, but really came on down the stretch, averaging 4.7 catches for 79 yards and 0.67 TD (on 7.8 targets per game) over the final six games of the season. (He was the #12 fantasy receiver in that span.) Though he only gained 53 total receiving yards in two playoff games, he was targeted 13 times, so he was an integral part of the offense late in the year. Wheaton fared well on a per target basis, finishing 22nd and 27th (out of 121 eligible receivers) in fantasy points per target in standard and PPR formats, respectively. Consider Wheaton a fantasy WR3 with WR2 upside. The other players who stand to benefit are TE Ladarius Green (especially in the red zone) and deep threat Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Steelers expected to sign TE Ladarius Green

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:50pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Chargers TE Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

There were better potential landing spots, but this is still great news for his fantasy stock. He'll compete to be the third option in the passing game behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. In 13 career games where he's seen at least five targets, he has averaged 3.5 catches for 52 yards and 0.38 TD, which are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. He's not guaranteed at least five targets per game, but the now-retired Heath Miller saw at least five passes come his way in 17 of his last 32 regular season games and his skills were diminishing. Green has the speed to threaten the seam and will see single coverage with Brown and Bryant drawing most of the attention of the defense.

TNF Injury Report: Chargers vs. Raiders

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 5:31pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers

T King Dunlap (ankle), LB Kyle Emanuel (concussion), DT Sean Lissemore (shoulder)

TE Ladarius Green (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (groin)

T Chris Hairston (abdomen), CB Steve Williams (hip)

Oakland Raiders

S Nate Allen (knee), DE Mario Edwards (neck)

CB Neiko Thorpe (neck)

WR Amari Cooper (foot), DE Khalil Mack (knee), WR Seth Roberts (abdomen), S Charles Woodson (shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

Stevie Johnson was listed as doubtful last week, so this is an upgrade. He's not a great start after a long layoff, but would probably see 7-10 targets as the team's primary receiver. His return would put a dent in Dontrelle Inman's upside.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm

Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (neck, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. It appears that Inman is going to return this week. He’s a Sneaky Start, especially if Ladarius Green sits. Prior to his injury, Inman had eight catches for 114 yards and a TD on 14 total targets in Week 11 and Week 12, and that was with Stevie Johnson in the lineup. With Johnson out, Inman could see the most targets of the San Diego wideouts.

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