2014 Fantasy Football: Ladarius Green Poised to be the Steal of the Draft
In 2013, Green only participated in 370 offensive snaps during the regular season, but he averaged 22 yards per reception, and scored three touchdowns on 17 catches out of 30 targets; his counterpart, Antonio Gates, scored four touchdowns on 114 targets.
His measurables are nothing to scoff at either, at 6-6, 240-lbs., he offers a big target for quarterback Phillip Rivers. Another quality of his that’s been overlooked, in my opinion, is his 4.5 speed; that’s right, he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash.
As it stands right now, Green can be picked up fairly late. His average draft position is the seventh pick in round 11 of standard scoring, 12-team leagues. In my opinion, that’s a steal, right there.
Sure, there is some uncertainty behind drafting a guy that might not see the field often because he plays behind Gates, but at this point, Green is simply the better option, and I think that the Chargers know that also.
Aside from Green and Gates, the only other true pass-catching threat on the Chargers offense is Keenan Allen, and I expect that teams will be doing their best to make sure that he doesn’t beat them.
Looking at Green’s situation in San Diego; he has tons of upside, good coaching, a good offensive system, a good quarterback and little competition for targets. All those things combined make him what might be, in my opinion, one of the biggest fantasy football steals out there.
So, if you land him in your draft, make sure you come back and thank me after the season.