by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Are you in a dynasty league and hoping to find some potentially high-upside options for 2014 and beyond? Here are a few names who produced big days on Sunday who are worth considering:
Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers – Tight End
Antonio Gates was targeted 8 times, but managed just 3 receptions for 21 yards yesterday. In fact, over the past two games look at the production between the Gates and Green:
- Gates – 7 receptions for 73 yards and 1 TD
- Green – 7 receptions for 161 yards and 1 TD
Gates, now 33 years old and having battled injuries in recent years, is clearly moving towards the tail end of his career. That’s not to say that he has no chance of producing, but it’s clear that he’s a shadow of his former self.
Green, meanwhile, has been showing his playing making ability. He wasn’t a factor in the Chargers’ passing game early on, but now has 14 receptions on the season and is averaging an astonishing 22.1 yards per catch.
He showed the same ability in the preseason, as we cited prior to the season:
“He led the Broncos in receiving this preseason, converting 13 of 16 targets into 210 yards and 2 TD, including 5 catches of at least 20 yards. The yards placed him fifth in the NFL (the leader had 236). He was only targeted twice in the all important third preseason game, but outside of Antonio Gates (6), no one had more than three for the Chargers.”
He’s athletic and could quickly emerge as one of the best tight ends in the league. His role is growing in 2013 and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him even more involved in 2014. If you are in a dynasty league, grab him now before someone else does.
Justin Hunter – Tennessee Titans – Wide Receiver
A second round pick, Hunter finally delivered on some the promise by going off for 6 catches for 109 yards and 1 TD (and the season he has just 13 catches for 231 yards and 3 TD). It was important for Ryan Fitzpatrick to find an option besides Kendall Hunter and Delanie Walker, so we shouldn’t completely write him off for the remainder of 2013.
That said, chances are he isn’t going to play a major role. He easily could be replaced by Nate Washington or Damien Williams (who missed this week) and is more of a hit or miss option. That said, this game shows the potential that he has as he gains more and more experience. Would it be surprising to see him starting in 2014 and really making an impact? Absolutely not, which is why he needs to be grabbed if he’s still available.