Ladarius Green Fantasy News

Ladarius Green showing progress

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:44am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

It seemed Chargers TE Ladarius Green was off and running toward a fine career, until he faded from the offense last season.

Green didn't have a bad year, but the Chargers want, and likely need, better from him now.

With Antonio Gates guaranteed to miss the first four games, Green will be asked to move the chains and make blocks.

The Chargers, to put it in culinary terms, need him to supply something hearty and reliable -- along with his rare long speed that is fine etoufee.

Fantasy Impact:

Green, 25, got that done Saturday against the Cardinals in a preseason game the story pointed out. It was a workmanlike, if limited, performance, and that was encouraging. He moved the chains on third down, with a Gates-type play we've seldom seen from him. As the story said, Green has a chance to open some eyes as he fills in for Gates for the first four games. The team will likely include Gates back in the offense upon his return, but this is a big chance for Green to prove he's at least in the conversation as future TE1 for the Bolts.

Ladarius Green preps for bigger role

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:46pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The routine at Chargers Park remains the same for TE Ladarius Green.

He still looks on in admiration at the precision Antonio Gates operates in the San Diego Chargers’ offense with Philip Rivers at the controls in individual and team drills. And the 25-year-old remains intently focused on improving his craft.

“My approach is the same,” Green said. “I try and work hard every offseason and every training camp. So I come into it with the same mindset, trying to get better. I started off slow, messed up a couple times yesterday, but it’s getting better.”

While Green’s approach may be the same, this year there is a heightened sense of urgency.

He’s headed into the final year of his rookie contract that will pay him $660,000 in base salary in 2015. And with his mentor Gates earning a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the Louisiana-Lafayette product will have an expanded role in San Diego’s offense once the regular season begins.

“He’s going to have an opportunity early on to do a few more things,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “We think very highly of him. We thought that the first year we got here, not just last year or the year before. Without Antonio for a couple weeks, he’s going to have an opportunity to get more playing time. … The system is staying the same, and we’re looking forward to seeing him play more.”

Fantasy Impact:

Even before Gates’ suspension, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco talked about wanting to get Green more involved this offseason, the story said. Green has showed signs. A couple of productive games likely prompted fantasy GMs everywhere to put waiver claims in. But as quickly as he arrived, he disappeared off the fantasy radar. We think Green has potential to post top-five fantasy TE numbers in the Charger system for at least the first four weeks. Right now he's ranked 18th on our list overall and is going late in drafts. He could provide you with a short-term answer at your TE spot.

Chargers want to run more in 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015, 1:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a conversation with Dan Sileo of The Mighty 1090 AM radio, Chargers OC Frank Reich said the time missed by TE Antonio Gates (suspension) will provide a chance for players such as tight end Ladarius Green, first round pick Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead to take on larger roles in the offense.

“You know it’s a big loss,” Reich said. “You can’t replace a guy like Antonio. And so from that perspective, there are things that he does and plans that we have when he’s in the game that are unique to him. … But this is going to make us better, because it’s going to force other guys to step in and force us to run the football. We’re already planning that anyway, but it’s going to force that hand even more.”

Fantasy Impact:

The article goes on to make it seem as if the Chargers really want to run the football this year, after averaging 3.4 yards a carry last year, second last in the NFL. That's why Gordon looks like he's in a great position to make an impact as a rookie RB. The Chargers also bolstered their line in the offseason which should help the cause. Gordon comes in 18th on our RB list but his ADP (3.02) is a bit higher than some of those ranked around him: 16th Jonathan Stewart (4.08), 17th Mark Ingram (3.08), 19th Carlos Hyde (4.02), 20th Latavius Murray (4.07) and 21st LeGarrette Blount (6.01). There is a lot of hype around Gordon as there often is with rookie RBs. It looks like Danny Woodhead will continue to be used in third down passing situations, however.

Rivers: Chargers TE Ladarius Green 'seems faster than he's ever been'

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 11:29am

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

While filling the void of Antonio Gates isn’t a job anyone wants, Ladarius Green’s offseason has impressed coaches and teammates alike thus far.

“(Green) still has huge upside and possibilities,” said Chargers TE coach Pete Metzelaars. “Last year he had to fight through a number of different injuries at different times, so I am excited for him this year. He is an asset in the passing game, and has deceptive speed. So I’m looking forward to putting him into situations to take advantage of that, but also challenge him to put more tools into his toolbox.”

“He seems faster than he’s ever been,” quarterback Philip Rivers acknowledged. “He certainly seems that way with the way he’s moving. Some of that comes with (having) more and more confidence. You just naturally gain that the more you play and the more comfortable you are in an offense. When you don’t have to think or do as much, you do play a little bit faster.”

“He’s looked really good and he needs to be a bigger part…” Rivers said. “We need to have him be a weapon for us because he could be a heck of a matchup for us against some defenses.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gates will miss the first four games due to a suspension for PED use. Green figures to see starter's snaps with Gates sidelined. 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.

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.

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.

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