TE Ladarius Green, Free agent
HT: 6-6, WT: 238, Born: 5-29-1990, College: La.-Lafayette, Drafted: Round 4
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: C Ivory (136), C Palmer (137), Ladarius Green (138), J Gordon (139),
Position: M Bennett (112-TE12), C Clay (135-TE13), Ladarius Green (138 - TE14), A Gates (146-TE15), H Miller (148-TE16)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: J Hill (127), D Amendola (128), Ladarius Green (129), C Clay (130), K Robinson (131)
Position: Z Ertz (99-TE11), M Bennett (112-TE12), Ladarius Green (129 - TE13), C Clay (130-TE14), H Miller (138-TE15)
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Ladarius Green is entering his third season, and his fantasy prospects depend on his ability to work his way into the regular lineup. Green is a talented pass-catcher who has arguably already surpassed Antonio Gates in his ability as a receiver (and as a blocker). But Gates is a legend in San Diego, and he will not be benched. The question, then, is whether the Chargers' coaching staff will find ways to get Gates and Green on the field together, whether by using more two-tight-end sets, or by moving Green out to the slot position. If that happens, Green has the ability to make big plays, and therefore has decent upside potential as a fantasy tight end. At the same time, his uncertain role in the offense, and his status as the number two tight end behind Gates, mean that he's a risky fantasy prospect who can't be counted on for meaningful production. Consider him a high-risk, high-reward fantasy TE2.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Green made what appeared to be a sliding catch over the middle of the field early on. The ball was thrown right in Greenís hands, but he used the ground to kind of trap it and pin the ball against his body, resulting in the play call being changed to an incomplete pass. The talented young tight end was not thrown to again.
Week 3 - Green showed glimpses of the talent that has had the Chargers salivating over the last two seasons. He made a nice catch over the middle in stride, and drew a pass interference near the goal line at the 5-yard line, both in the first half. But it was his second half grab deep down the seam for 28 yards with defenders all over him that really showed off his explosiveness. There was a defender in front and one behind him, and Green split the two of them, holding onto the football despite taking a pretty big hit to his legs and then hitting the ground hard. With Antonio Gates still around and looking rejuvenated, Greenís opportunities may be limited Ė but he is making things happen when he does get them.
Week 5 - Green was involved in one of the odder plays of the season. Facing a 4th and 1, the Chargers had a field goal blocked. The ball took a fortuitous San Diego bounce right into the hands of Green, who alertly took off and ran for a first down. It kept the drive alive, which resulted in a converted field goal. In the passing game, Green didn't have a reception, but he was targeted on a deep fade into double coverage to the corner of the end zone. The ball was well overthrown for an incompletion.
Week 6 - With all the other weapons around, it's easy to lose track of Green. On his lone reception, he went in motion and found himself in single coverage. He ran a sideline route, easily beating his defender to the spot and hauled in a 25-yard reception over his shoulder from Rivers. He's got a lot of talent and moves so fluidly for such a big man that he almost looks like a young Antonio Gates.
Week 7 - Green's opportunities are limited due to the presence of star TE Antonio Gates and emerging WR Keenan Allen. But on the rare occasions that Green does see a pass in his direction, he often makes a large impact. In this game, he made a nice grab over the middle in picking up ten yards on a third down pass. He later got completely wide open along the sideline, then shook free of the defender to pick up 27 yards down the field. Philip Rivers did a nice job of looking the defense off of Green, then fired it back across to the young TE, which demonstrated that the play may have been designed in that fashion to go to him.
Week 9 - Green caught just one ball in this game, finally being targeted on a short route. The majority of his receptions this season have been on big plays down the field, but this one went for just ten yards and a first down off a play fake.
Week 10 - Green lost a big 34-yard reception early in the first quarter due to a holding penalty. He's got the speed to make those plays with regularity, as evidenced by his gaudy YPC average coming into the game. Despite losing out on that one, he later did convert a 25-yard reception near the sideline. He showed excellent hands in reaching over the defender to bring the ball into his body before falling to the ground. With Antonio Gates around, Green's opportunities are a bit limited. But he's got the skill set to become a very similar player to the tight end on the opposition in this game, Julius Thomas.
Week 11 - It was a coming-out party of sorts for Green, who has teased owners with his potential for nearly two seasons now. He broke out with four receptions totaling 81 yards, showing off his athleticism on several occasions. The team designed a deep ball to him off a Rivers rollout early in the game. It was a perfectly-thrown ball just over the defender's hands and into Green's lap. He showed great hands in getting them under the ball to bring it in while in full stride. He also made an enormous gain late in the game on a crossing route over the middle. He ran underneath the route of TE Antonio Gates, which helped screen off his own defender. And once Green had the ball in his hands, he simply outran multiple defenders up the sideline for a huge gain. Green also added two shorter catches, one a checkdown from Rivers where he went low to make a nice grab, and another one a designed screen to end the third quarter that didn't really go anywhere.
Week 12 - If last week's performance was a breakout game for Green, then this was the week he entered the conversation as a viable TE option the rest of the way. Consider the fact that his huge performance could have been even bigger had he not lost 33 yards on an ineligible man downfield penalty, and the game becomes that much more impressive. On his first catch, he made a terrific adjustment on a ball thrown to his back shoulder near the sideline. He stopped short and reached out wide to haul in the tough catch. Soon after that, he was targeted in the end zone on a third down pass play. Unfortunately for Green, he didn't fight terribly hard for positioning and he allowed the defender to jump the route and step in front for what should have been an interception (it was dropped). QB Philip Rivers got in Green's face for the miscue, and perhaps that lit a fire under him. Because not long after that mistake, Green broke over the middle on a crossing route for a seemingly nice gain. But he immediately beat his man, then burst down the middle of the field, beating two more defenders in the process. He incredibly outran several DEFENSIVE BACKS en route to a 60-yard touchdown. He's always had the raw ability, and now Green appears to be starting to put it together into football action.
Week 13 - There aren't many players who can average 22.5 yards per reception and end up only maintaining their YPC average, but that's the kind of bar Green has set for himself. The wildly athletic tight end and heir apparent to Antonio Gates put up yet another big play in this game, this time a 30-yard scoring strike that looked far too easy. He got wide down the middle, and QB Philip Rivers fired a strike exactly where it needed to be. It split the defenders, and Green did the rest, taking off like a bullet for the end zone. Green later added a sliding catch near the sideline, which was a shock to see him catch a pass that went less than twenty yards! His other big target came on a deep ball down the sideline in the first half. He drew a holding penalty on the play, but also interfered with the defensive back. He still nearly made the one-handed catch, but the play was negated by the offsetting penalties. Green doesn't get the most targets on the team (not by a long shot), but he has sort of settled into a pattern of making 1-2 big plays just about every week now.
Week 14 - Despite Green's propensity for making the big play lately, this game reminded his owners that at the end of the day he's still the second string tight end - and probably the sixth option in the passing game. He didn't catch a pass and was only really "targeted" because of throwaways.
Week 15 - For the second straight game, Green put up a goose egg in the stat column. Owners who were dreaming of garbage time points with San Diego trailing instead saw the Chargers jump out to a big lead and then salt the clock away using a pounding running game. As such, the opportunities were few and far between for Green. He was targeted on a deep route that ended up drawing both a pass interference and holding penalty on the same man. Green actually got a hand on the pass but it was out of his reach, and it was his only significant involvement in the game.
Week 16 - Green, who has gone quiet over the last few weeks, once again did not play any kind of role in the passing game. However, he did manage to put himself in the right place at the right time in order to recover a fumble during a kickoff.
Week 17 - Green has been extremely quiet in recent weeks, and that was largely the case again in this game. He only caught one pass, but it was a huge one. He went up in traffic with two defenders all over him to make a tough grab in the front corner of the end zone for an easy 22-yard touchdown. QB Philip Rivers trusted Green to haul it in by flipping it up with blitzers in his face, and Green, who has been absent from the offense much of the past month, came down with it.
Week 18 - Rivers started the game hitting Green on a 22 yard strike across the middle. Then later on, Green ran a comeback route, sat down in the zone and caught a big 8 yard reception for a first down. But his shining moment came in the third quarter as Rivers threw a perfect lob pass into the endzone, and Green skied high in the air and caught the ball right at itís apex, pulling down a 4 yard td. Green reminds you of a young Antonio Gates, possessing the height, the frame and the jumping ability to create mis-matches all over the field. Green has emerged as the primary pass receiving tight end for San Diego and should be the primary TE in 2014. Expect him to be an off-season target for many savvy owners.
Week 19 - Ladarius Green had a quiet day against the Denver Broncos, with just three targets. He started the game off with a 5-yard gain to convert San Diegoís first 3rd down, but was invisible the rest of the way, with just a 2-yard reception on 1st and 10. In addition, Green was targeted deep on a 3rd-and-18 play that had a chance at converting, but Green dropped a well-placed ball.