Daily Fantasy Football Tight End Injury

Take Ladarius Green out of your daily fantasy lineups for Week 1 2015. Word out of San Diego Chargers camp today is he is being tested for possible concussion symptoms.

Since this did not appear on the injury report before today, the likeliest explanation is Green sustained a concussion during practice today. I’ll post more details as more news is released. Not much is known at present, but the San Diego Union Tribune posted he has a possible concussion.

With Antonio Gates out on a 4-game suspension, David Johnson and Kyle Miller are the only other tight ends on the roster.  It is safe to assume most fantasy owners have not researched David Johnson and Kyle Miller. They have been no fantasy factor until now, given the fact Gates and Green are both pass-catching tight ends. 

For those looking to get a bargain in DFS contests, I would not recommend it. Ladarius Green is a physical specimen: a 6’6″ tight end who has been timed at 4.3 before. He has shown the ability to make big plays in the past, posting a few big games in spot play behind Gates.

The two backups currently on the roster are not fantasy options.

David Johnson had 1 catch for 4 yards in 2014 and 22 catches for 220 yards and 1 touchdown in his NFL career. His is entering his 7th season in the league.

Kyle Miller is in his 2nd season out of Mt. Union. He does not have an NFL catch, despite being 27 years old. Neither player seems to fit the mold of even a safety-valve receiver for Philip Rivers. While one or the other might be a good goal line option on a play-action pass or a decoy play, I would not recommend playing either of them on DraftKings or FanDuel.

Alex Bayer, a 2nd year player out of Bowling Green, is the tight end on the Chargers’ Practice Squad. It’s not likely he would be added to the team. He has no NFL receptions.

Cost on DraftKings and FanDuel

Since Ladarius Green costs $3,500 on DraftKings and $5,700 on FanDuel, I imagine many players have tried to get the bargain deal on the strong replacement tight end. Especially on DraftKings, where cheaper deals can be had, it’s my guess many owners had invested in Ladarius Green. The mere fact he’ll be in a lot of lineups should hurt the chances of many owners who don’t monitor the DFS news in the later stages of the week.

Fantasy Tip: Remove Ladarius Green, ignore his backups, and draft a different starting tight end into your one-day fantasy lineups in NFL Week 1.

He needs to be out of lineups until further news. Stay tuned for more updates.