Ladarius Green Fantasy News

Chargers Beat: Antonio Gates may have to 'settle for a reduced role' upon return

Friday, July 3, 2015, 2:11pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Ladarius Green is known for his limited route tree, but his speed, athleticism and big frame supersede those concerns. He can stretch the field in ways no other Chargers receiver can.

He’s also a better run blocker than Antonio Gates, which could have a significant impact in rookie running back Melvin Gordon’s early development.

Even before the suspension, Green was due a bigger role in the offense. If the Chargers utilize his natural abilities and he shows he’s ready for primetime, Gates will have to settle for a reduced role when he returns.

Fantasy Impact:

Given how effective Gates was last year, it's hard to see the team benching him for Green even if Green lights it up in the first month of the season. One thing's for sure -- Gates's suspension has thrown a pretty settled situation up in the air. In the five career games in which Green has seen more than three targets, he has averaged 3.4 catches for 66 yards and 0.40 TD. Thats 12.4 FP in PPR formats, or about what Julius Thomas averaged last season. Keep in mind that Green only averaged 5.4 T/G in those games, while Gates averaged 6.1 T/G last season, so Green has the potential to post top 5 numbers for the first month of the season.

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended for four games for PED use

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 4:11pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the league informed the Chargers on Thursday.

Gates's statement included the following:

“In an effort to recover from a long season and although I was unaware at the time, I regret to confirm that I tested positive for a substance that is currently on the NFL banned substance list. As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues, and I take full responsibility for my actions."

Fantasy Impact:

Gates will be eligible to return in Week 5. Ladarius Green figures to see starter's snaps with Gates sidelined. In the five games in which Green has seen more than three targets, he has averaged 3.4 catches for 66 yards and 0.40 TD. Thats 12.4 FP in PPR formats, or about what Julius Thomas averaged last season. Keep in mind that Green only averaged 5.4 T/G in those games, while Gates averaged 6.1 T/G last season, so Green has the potential to post top 5 numbers for the first month of the season.

Chargers believe TE Ladarius Green will have 'most productive year'

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:13pm

Union Tribune - [Full Article]

The Chargers said it last year. They're saying it again now. Ladarius Green is expected to have a larger role in their offense, the team working to take advantage of his size-speed combo to present a mismatch for defenses. He seems to be playing at a faster speed in his fourth NFL offseason.

"I'd be shocked if he didn't have his most productive year," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.

"He's looked really good," Rivers said. "I hope — we intended to and tried to some last year — I hope and I think we all agree that he needs to be a bigger part of it as we move forward this year. We need to have him be a weapon for us because he'll be a heck of a matchup for us on some defenses."

Fantasy Impact:

Green was actually drafted ahead of Antonio Gates in 2014 which turned out to be a gross miscalculation by the fantasy community, which tends to put aging vets out to pasture prematurely. A Gates/Green combo isn't a bad idea given Gates's age and Green's much lower price in 2015. He'll explode if Gates misses any time with injury.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates wants to play a reduced role

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 11:49am

MMQB - [Full Article]

On the cusp of his 13th season, Chargers TE Antonio Gates has only one year remaining on his contract and is acutely aware of his expiring clock. He no longer attends voluntary workouts, nor has he done any route running this offseason.

“With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,” he says. “I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That’s what my contribution is at anyway.”

Fantasy Impact:

Ladarius Green will once again be an intriguing late round pick, but it's hard to see him posting TE1-type numbers with Gates still healthy and available. The future Hall of Famer finished #2 in standard formats and #3 in PPR, posting 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns. It was his 4th-best fantasy season of his career, production-wise. We'll see if the team agrees with his "reduced role" perspective.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Green could play more snaps than usual with Keenan Allen sidelined.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Green was back at practice on Thursday and could play more in Week 16 with Keenan Allen sidelined.

Kennan Allen has broken collarbone, ankle injury

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:49pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and is not expected to play Saturday when the Chargers head north to face the San Francisco 49ers.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen leads the Bolts in receptions (77) and yards (783), and has hauled in four touchdowns. After a very slow start to the season in terms of fantasy numbers, Allen had picked it up as of late during his sophomore season. There wasn't any more information available, but it would likely take a long playoff run to see Allen back on the field this season. Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates could see more targets, and it's possible the Bolts go to more two TE sets, something they briefly used last year, and bust out Ladarius Green. At WR, Seyi Ajirotutu and Dontrelle Inman are next up on the depth chart.

Ryan Mathews OUT for Chargers

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:05pm

Chargers Inactives
Ryan Carrethers DT
Ladarius Green TE
Dontrelle Inman WR
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is out as expected. Neither Branden Oliver or Donald Brown are good options in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Green questionable for this week as he navigates his way through the league’s concussion protocol.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Green questionable for this week as he navigates his way through the league’s concussion protocol.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Royal’s rib injury is not serious, so he should play against the Chiefs this week. It’s bad news for Ladarius Green, who was likely to see more snaps if Royal couldn’t play.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) practiced fully Wednesday. Royal’s Week 6 rib injury is not serious. Now he’s being listed with an elbow injury, but he should play against the Chiefs this week. It’s bad news for Ladarius Green, who was likely to see more snaps if Royal couldn’t play.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. The questionable tag isn’t encouraging for Floyd. His absence might open up extra opportunities for Eddie Royal and/or Ladarius Green.

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:11pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Dontrelle Inman WR
Ryan Mathews RB
Rich Ohrnberger C
Manti Te'o ILB
Reggie Walker OLB
Shareece Wright CB

Fantasy Impact:

TE Ladarius Green returns from injury.

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