TE Virgil Green - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-3, 249||Born: 8-3-1988||College: Nevada||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2011|
Week 11: vs Denver Broncos
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Philip Rivers had a very quiet game again last week as he didn't need to throw very often with a struggling Raiders offense on the other side. Rivers continues to be efficient though, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes last week while maintaining his streak of passing for multiple touchdowns in every game this season. With as well as Melvin Gordon is running, it is tough to expect a high ceiling from Rivers as the Chargers continue to lean on their ground game. Keenan Allen continues to lead this receiving group as he finally found the end zone last week for the first time since Week 1. Allen has been a very reliable target for Rivers this season, but he has not shown the big play ability of his wide receiver counterparts as Allen is not seeing very many downfield targets. At least he is seeing targets though, as Mike Williams didn't get a single look last week, showing off his floor as a pure touchdown-dependent option. Tyrell Williams has been more consistently involved in the offense as he has posted a couple big games and has multiple receptions in every game this season. Melvin Gordon also continues to be a big factor in this passing offense as he found the end zone for the fourth time through the air last week with five receptions for 72 yards. Gordon is now averaging four receptions and 45 receiving yards per game to help raise his fantasy floor while providing another great playmaker for Rivers to call upon--as if he didn't have enough! The Broncos passing defense has been up and down this season, ranking average at best in most categories against the pass. They got off to a very sluggish start on the season, allowing over 270 passing yards in four straight games. Since Week 5 though, the Broncos have allowed over 215 passing yards just once--to Patrick Mahomes. They received the benefit of a sluggish weather game against the Rams along with some soft matchups with Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold over that span, but this defense has at least looked serviceable since their slow start. The pass rush has been hot for Denver recently. In the four games leading up to their Week 10 bye, the Broncos racked up a league-leading 17 sacks, with the dynamic duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb accounting for 11.5 of those. The secondary has been subpar with only Chris Harris to lean on as a solid slot cornerback. Bradley Roby started to play better for a couple games, but he suffered an injury in Week 8 and remains questionable to return. Harris should help keep Keenan Allen in check, but both Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams should have opportunities on the outside to make some big plays in this one.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Virgil Green's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
The announcers mentioned at one point during the game that Green reportedly said he likes to block more than he likes to catch the ball. That works out well for him, since he's been a key figure in the revamped rushing attack this season but still isn't a big factor in the passing game. He caught two balls today, both times as the last resort option for Rivers to drop the ball off to. And he didn't get any looks when the team was in the red zone.
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Green's primary role is that of a blocker. That said, his two receptions were as many as anyone not named Keenan Allen had. His first catch was just a short grab over the middle, but the second one was a wide open catch that he turned upfield for 22 yards in the second half. He had a chance for a third reception with the ball in his hands and a defender handfighting him for it. It looked like Green would bring it in, but eventually the defender won out and ripped the ball away.
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Green wasn't a component of the passing game whatsoever, but he was singled out multiple times by the announcers for his tremendous contributions to the run game blocking.
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)
Green isn't a huge part of the passing game, but he did score the touchdown that essentially put this game away. The play action fake cleared out the entire left side, and Rivers flipped a pass over a couple of defenders to Green for the designed screen. Green then did a nice job of following his blockers in for the score. He nearly didn't make it to the end of the game, when he caught a short reception in the flat early on and took a massive hit to the head on the play. The catch was negated by a holding penalty anyway.
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Green had just one short catch in the game early in the third quarter. Not only was his role almost non-existent, but Antonio Gates was involved to the tune of three catches for 45 yards including an end zone look. Green is not a reliable target in this offense.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Even with Antonio Gates in the fold, it was Green who has been the primary pass-catching tight end for the Chargers through two games. He was hit perfectly in stride for an early 25-yard reception. They teamed up to beat the blitz, and Green broke a tackle about ten yards into the catch before rumbling upfield for 15 more after the catch. He made another wide open grab later in the first half, fighting his way downfield and pushing past would-be tacklers on his way to another nice gain. In the second half, he added another nice grab where he withstood a big hit from the defender before eventually fumbling the ball. Fortunately for Green, his elbow was touching the sideline while he fumbled, so it was ruled a dead ball at that spot, otherwise it would have gone for a turnover. Green was involved in another near-turnover earlier in the second half. Rivers had a pass tipped at the line and shoot straight up in the air. With several defenders around it, Green boxed them out and got his hands on it. He wasn't able to hold on and complete the reception, but he at least prevented anyone else from picking it off.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Green caught a sharp bullet pass over the middle for a first down early on, but once Antonio Gates came in the game Green's involvement was minimal. He caught just one more ass all game (Gates himself caught just two for the game), but it doesn't appear as if Green will have a very prominent role going forward.
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