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TE Ladarius Green - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-6, 238Born: 5-29-1990College: La.-LafayetteDrafted: Round 4

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Ladarius Green underwent extensive ankle surgery in January, but his larger health issue is reportedly from recurring headaches. There are reports (disputed by Green) that these headaches could be career-threatening, so this is a situation that should be monitored closely.


Ladarius Green has been on fantasy owners radar since coming into the league as a fourth-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2012. Green was supposed to be the next great Chargers TE as he was being groomed behind their superstar Antonio Gates. While the Chargers wanted him to flourish as a receiver in their offense, Green mostly disappointed during his time with the Chargers--even as Gates fought through injuries. Green had a career-high 63 targets, 37 receptions, 429 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. It wasn't enough for the Chargers to keep him in free agency, and he's found a new home with the Steelers. With Heath Miller retired, the Steelers are looking for a new lead TE for their explosive offense and Green will get the first crack to be that guy. If he finally plays up to his potential, Green has the ability and is in the system to be at least a high-upside TE2 for fantasy owners in 2016. During training camp, Green has been bothered by severe headaches. There is a possibility that they are career threatening. Stay tuned to his availability as preseason rolls on. (August 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 22, 11, 15, 16, 17, 20, 20, 22, 26, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 29, 29, 31
TE Redraft PPR - 27, 17, 19, 20, 20, 24, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 27, 29, 29, 30, 31, 31, 31
TE Dynasty - 10, 12, 12

Stats and Projections

2013 SD 16 17 376 3
2014 SD 14 19 226 0
2015 SD 13 37 429 4
2016 PROJ-Dodds 11 32 * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 10 26 * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 10 36 * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 8 30 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 141
TE: 16
Overall-PPR: 140
TE-PPR: 16

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Latest News

Steelers | Slow rehab for Ladarius Green (Thu Aug 25, 06:17 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) still hopes to be ready for Week 1, but acknowledged that the rehabilitation process is 'very slow.'

Our View: Green has to be labeled as an injury prone player. He's always been banged up...or at least it seems like it. Fantasy owners who considered him a sleeper after he signed with the Steelers earlier this year are now looking for 'lottery ticket' TEs elsewhere.
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Steelers | Ladarius Green calls headaches a rumor (Sat Aug 20, 04:57 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) said he has no idea where rumors of his headaches spawned.

Our View: We still aren't spending a pick before the very late rounds on Green until he gets activated from the PUP. Right now it seems like the Steelers are going forward with Jesse James as their starter.
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Steelers | Jesse James in line to start (Thu Aug 18, 04:55 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James would start if TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) is not ready by the start of the season. James has developed a nice red-zone rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger, according to Jeremy Fowler of

Our View: Right now we have him as a TE3, but a good couple of showings in preseason games could be the ticket to a higher output and ranking. Keep an eye on him this weekend and next week in the Game 3 dress rehearsal for the regular season.
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Steelers | IR an option for Ladarius Green (Thu Aug 18, 04:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) could begin the regular season on the Reserve/Injured list, according to's Jeremy Fowler.

Our View: Green has forever been plagued by injury and it seems that beat keeps going on. It's time to put away the "upside" label, as well as your plans to draft him. Jesse James is worth watching and has looked good working with Ben Roethlisberger.
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Steelers | Mike Tomlin talks Ladarius Green (Sat Aug 13, 12:37 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list solely because of an ankle injury, head coach Mike Tomlin said Friday, Aug. 12.

Our View: The ankle injury is one thing, but Green is being hampered by severe headaches which could be career threatening. Monitor his situation closely.
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