Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has been "running away from safeties" in OTA's. It was also noted that defensive backs were attempting to hold in order to slow him down in his routes. (Source: Union-Tribune San Diego)
Fantasy Impact: At 6'6" and running a 4.5 40 yard dash, Green is a physical specimen who has yet to transition into a consistent fantasy producer. In a contract year, and with Antonio Gates asking for a lighter workload in 2015, Green could be a sneaky fantasy pickup based off intangibles alone.
TE Ladarius Green had 2 catches for 34 yards off of 3 targets in Sunday's exciting victory over the visiting Rams.
Fantasy Impact: Although the performance was rather mediocre, this is the first time all season Green had more targets and yardage than Gates (3 to 2; 34 yards to 14 yards). Gates' fast start at the beginning of the season allowed the offense to minimize the use of Green. Now that Gates has slowed down considerably, It will be interesting to see the production of Green over the next several weeks in comparison to Gates, but it is not warranted to pick him up over the fantasy wire at this time.
TE Ladarius Green had one catch from his only target for nine yards.
Fantasy Impact: Green was a trendy fantasy draft pick back in August. However, with the resurgence of Antonio Gates to elite TE status, Green owners might consider dumping Green now (if they haven't already done so). Green could be a superstar in the NFL, but it is apparently not going to be this year.
Ladarius Green will suit up for the Chargers Week 5 match-up against the Jets. Green had missed Wednesday's practice (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: A hyper-athletic tease, with Danny Woodhead's targets largely going to Eddie Royal, Green will most likely see limited volume. However, Green has the potential to be a top-notch seam-stretcher and faces a weak Jets secondary, he offers some upside in 2TE formats.
TE Ladarius Green had 4 catches for 64 yards on 6 targets. Counterpart Antonio Gates had only 1 catch for 8 yards on his only target.
Fantasy Impact: Heading into Week 4, it is hard to tell which TE the San Diego offense will focus more on. Week 3 could have been an aberration and we see Green going back to more of a quiet role. It will be to tough to start Green even with his performance last week.
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.