2014 Fantasy Football Sleeper: TE Ladarius Green

By Bill Pivetz
Ladarius Green
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The tight position is a tricky position for fantasy owners to get a grasp on. There was a lot of movement in the rankings among the top-10 tight ends (minus Jimmy Graham and some others). Some players ranked among those superstars quickly fell and were never heard from again. Entering the 2014 season, one tight end that could surprise is San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green.

The Chargers have been led by veteran Antonio Gates, who has accumulated 719 receptions for 9,193 yards and 87 touchdowns in 11 seasons. However, over the last couple of seasons, Gates’ production has dropped and age has come into question. As a result, the Chargers drafted Green in the 4th Round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Green had 149 receptions for 2,201 yards and 22 touchdowns in four years with Louisiana-Lafayette. Green is a couple of inches taller than Gates and has excellent speed (4.53 40 time). With the height and youth, Green will be a big part of the Chargers offense for years to come.

Green is in a great situation with the Chargers. Quarterback Philip Rivers has been a throwing machine over the last few years, over 500 attempts in each season and over 60 percent completion rate.

While Green won’t supplant Gates as the starting tight end this season, Green has a lot of upside. He should be widely drafted in keeper and deep leagues. In standard 10-team leagues, Green should be a TE2 with hopes of becoming a top-10 tight end.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.

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