TE Ladarius Green had a quiet night against the Arizona Cardinals catching both of his targets for 24 yards.
Fantasy Impact: QB Philip Rivers had his focus set on the other TE Antonio Gates Monday night. It will be interesting to see how Green will be used in the coming weeks. His breakout party still is waiting to happen.
Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee believes that Antonio Green is "still the one who knows how to get open and seize the moment." (Source: U-T San Diego )
Fantasy Impact: Kevin Acee's comments may slow the Ladarius Green-hype some. After a question asking if Ladarius Green and Antonio Gates will start splitting reps, Acee said: "Gates is still the one who knows how to get open and seize the moment ... That's more a compliment of Gates than a slam on Green. You will see Green more. Rivers trusts him. But Gates is still the man ... You'll see them both on the field a fair amount." This isn't necessarily a big change in the narrative regarding Ladarius Green; some have expected Green and Gates on the field at the same time this season. The problem is, Gates' presence may cut into Greens' targets, at least early in the season. Ladarius Green is currently going in the early-11th round and is FantasyPros consensus ranked TE14 while Antonio Gates is going in the 13th round and is FantasyPros consensus ranked TE17. Ladarius Green's TD-upside and play-making ability makes him the more enticing fantasy commodity.
According to various sources, including NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, TE Ladarius Green is expected to play a bigger part in the Chargers' offense this season, especially if new OC Frank Reich uses more double TE sets as veteran Antonio Gates is still around. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Green would be a huge mismatch if both he and Gates are on the field at the same time (along with Keenan Allen). At this time it would be best to select a well established TE, but try to snag Green in the later rounds. Remember, this time last year, Julius Thomas was just starting to turn heads in camp. Stay tuned to Green's status this year.