Ladarius Green TE SD 3 Months

Chargers GM Tom Telesco expressed a desire to infuse speed into the offense in 2014.

The Bolts need to get Ladarius Green onto the field more. The freakishly athletic tight end ran a 4.53 forty at the 2012 Combine and played just 450 offensive snaps this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, Green was asked to block on 59.5 percent of those snaps. Antonio Gates may not be going anywhere this offseason, but the Chargers need to use more two-tight end sets like they did down the stretch. Green has some serious breakout appeal for 2014.

Ladarius Green TE SD 3 Months

Ladarius Green caught three balls for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Wild Card round win over Cincinnati.

Green's first reception went for 22 on a deep crossing route on San Diego's second drive. Green picked up another critical first down in the third quarter, getting open over the middle for a gain of eight. Putting San Diego up 14-10 later in the third, Green out-leaped Bengals DB Chris Crocker for a four-yard touchdown on a fade from Philip Rivers. Freaklishly athletic Green will continue to be an X-factor in the Divisional Round. Dynasty owners should be licking their chops.

Ladarius Green TE SD 4 Months

Ladarius Green hasn't seen a single target in three straight games.

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Ladarius Green wasn't targeted in the Chargers' Week 15 win over the Broncos.

Green was on the field for a decent amount of snaps, but was largely called on to block as the Bolts went with a run-heavy game-plan. Green's upside is through the roof, but he's not getting a chance to showcase it with Eddie Royal (toe) back in the fold. Green is an elite hold in Dynasty leagues, but will be off the radar for the final week of the fantasy playoffs.

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Ladarius Green ran just five pass routes in Sunday's win over the Giants.

A week after playing on 91 percent of the snaps, Green played on just 42 percent of the snaps. Blame the return of Eddie Royal (40 snaps) and the Chargers' big lead. Green was used as a blocker, catching no passes on just one target -- strange usage for such a talented and athletic player. Green is a good bet to be more involved in the gameplan in Thursday's potential shootout with the Broncos, but fantasy owners can't comfortably use a player with a suddenly inconsistent role.

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Ladarius Green played on 61-of-67 snaps (91.0 percent) in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

In-line option Antonio Gates played on 62 snaps, creating a two-tight end base formation. "That's a package we're building," Gates said. "It'll be good for us to help us win football games." Green is the 6'6/238 athletic freak with 4.4 wheels that is now averaging an absurd 22.1 yards per catch on the season and has two touchdowns on 11 targets in his last two games. The Chargers coaches have clearly identified him as a player that needs to be featured in the passing game and will be rewarded for it. Green will be a borderline TE1 against the Giants even if Eddie Royal (chest, toe) returns.

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Ladarius Green caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's Week 13 loss to the Bengals.

Although the catches and yards were down from Green's impressive Weeks 11-12, he actually drew a season-high six targets. His score came on play action in the second quarter, where he went untouched 30 yards to the house, looking like a wide receiver in the process. The Bolts are wisely putting Green's play-making skills to more use of late, but his role still isn't big enough that he can be trusted for the fantasy playoffs. Green will be a candidate to take a major step forward in 2014.

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Ladarius Green caught three passes for 80 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's wild 41-38 Week 12 win at Kansas City.

Green is a complete freak that has spent much of the season buried behind Antonio Gates. But the Chargers are finally starting to unchain his 4.4 wheels at 6'6/238 in a variety of ways, leading to big-time production. His final numbers in this one should have been even bigger as he had a 35-yard catch called back by an incorrect ineligible receiver penalty. Over the last two weeks, Green has totaled seven catches for 161 yards with a touchdown and is now averaging an absurd 22.0 yards per reception on the season. He'll be a boom-or-bust fantasy option going forward, but only because of his limited snaps. If/when Gates is out of the picture, Green will be the next big thing at fantasy tight end.

Ladarius Green TE SD 5 Months

Ladarius Green caught four passes for 81 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Miami.

Green is a freakishly talented tight end that deserves far more playing time than he's received so far. Finally, the Chargers coaches realized it. Green has 4.4 wheels at 6'6/238 and showed them Sunday as he consistently ran away from Miami defenders on crossing routes. The second-year man now has 11 catches for 229 yards this season, a ridiculous 20.8 YPC mark. He's an asset to hold on deep re-draft benches and must be owned in Dynasty.

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Ladarius Green is averaging 21.1 yards per catch on his seven grabs this season.

The massive YPC is the sign of a playmaker. Green, a fourth-round pick in 2012, sees extremely limited playing time behind Antonio Gates. But when on the field, the 6'6/238 freak with 4.4 wheels opens eyes. Green is a must hold in Dynasty as Gates will turn 34 years old in June.