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.
Recruited out of high school for both Football and Basketball, the 66? 24 year old has blazing speed, clocking a 4.53 time at the 2012 NFL Combine. The soft-handed Tight End was limited to playing time last season with Antonio Gates in the way, which resulted in only 17 Receptions on 29 Targets. If Green is able to establish himself as Rivers number 2 passing option to Keenan Allen, he possesses the potential to become a Top 5 Fantasy Football TE. When drafting Green, draft him as your TE2 as Gates is still in his way in a Run Heavy Offense.
This guy has breakout star written all over him. The future replacement to Antonio Gates in San Diego is a great athlete at 66? and 240 pounds, so there is no doubt that he can be a mismatch to the opposing defense. He kind of reminds me of Julius Thomas in Denver in the way that he can be explosive at the tight end position despite being such a big guy. In his latest preseason contest, he played nearly every first-team snap and lined up in the slot three times. It looks that the Chargers want him on the field and will find ways to exploit mismatches in coverage.
Ladarius Green should see a healthy amount of targets this season and should be an upside TE2 but those who have boarded the hype wagon would do well to remember that this is a run first team with Hall of Fame shoe-in Antonio Gates still on the roster as the top tight end.