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Ladarius Green's usage vs. Seahawks provides hope for fantasy owners

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There are plenty of reasons for fantasy owners to take a chance on the San Diego tight end this season, and Friday night's matchup with the Seahawks only added more. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green didn't light-up the stat sheet, but his usage in Friday's 41-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks should provide optimism for the team's offense in 2014.

Even with incumbent veteran Antonio Gates seeing action, Green played in eight of nine of Philip Rivers' snaps and saw time in the slot, per Adam Levitan. Other than that, Green had a quiet evening, catching two passes for 20 yards from Rivers and backup Kellen Clemens.

Fantasy Spin: With a lack of depth at wide receiver, expect the Chargers to use "12" personnel often, which means we would see the second-year tight end on the field often. With blazing speed for his 6'6, 240-pound frame, Green presents an absolute matchup nightmare to opposing defenses and could see a fair amount of huge plays this season.

Green has an average draft position in the 11th round, and is the 11th tight end being taken off the board. If a 2014 version of Julius Thomas exists, Green is the prime candidate.

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