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Antonio Gates | Tight End | #85

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
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Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.
Gates seems likely to sit for the second straight week. His absence puts Hunter Henry on the TE1 radar against the Saints' atrocious defense. Sep 29 - 2:39 PM

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Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

Gates reportedly wasn't even close to playing Week 3 at the Colts. His body appears to just be breaking down at 36 years old. Rookie Hunter Henry will make another start in what looks to be another plus matchup. Daily Slant: With Gates looking like he'll miss another week, Hunter Henry (who is minimum priced on most DFS outlets) will step into the lead role against a defense that ranked dead last against the TE position last season. Henry was the 35th pick in this year's draft and after catching each of his five targets last weekend, he could very well be in for another 2-3 looks against a vulnerable Saints defense. New Orleans allowed more FPPG to TEs last year than the leader at the position (Rob Gronkowski) averaged on the season.
Sep 28 - 3:50 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports Antonio Gates (hamstring) "wasn't close" to suiting up against the Colts, and will likely miss another game. Daily Slant: With Hunter Henry still priced at the minimum in a dream match-up with the Saints, he's a great value target in DFS for Week 4. The Saints allowed more FPPG to TEs than the highest scorer at the position, Rob Gronkowski, averaged last season, so it's hard not to get excited about Henry's potential $/point value in what is expected to be one of the highest scoring games of the weekend. Fire him up confidently assuming Gates needs another week of rest.
Sep 26 - 1:17 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is inactive for Week 3 against the Colts.

Rookie Hunter Henry will get the start and play virtually every down against the Colts' awful tight end defense. Also inactive for the Chargers are LT King Dunlap (illness), SS Jahleel Addae, NT Ryan Carrethers, LB Joshua Perry, C Max Tuerk, and DE Joey Bosa. Bosa's debut will have to wait.
Sep 25 - 3:08 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring, doubtful) missed Chargers practice again on Friday and is not expected to play against the Colts.

He didn't practice at all this week, so the Chargers will turn to rookie Hunter Henry at tight end. Gates' absence could also mean a few more targets for Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, and Dontrelle Inman. Gates is 36 years old and was popped for PEDs last year. We're not giving up on him totally quite yet, but it's certainly possible his body is beginning to break down.
Sep 23 - 2:00 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained sidelined Thursday.

The Union-Tribune San Diego is pessimistic about Gates' odds of suiting up. If Gates sits, rookie Hunter Henry would be in line for the start against the Colts. Gates owners need to be making other plans at tight end.
Sep 22 - 2:11 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune considers Antonio Gates' (hamstring) status "uncertain" for Week 3 at Indianapolis.

The Chargers signed TE Austin Traylor to their practice squad on Tuesday, possibly hinting Gates' absence from Wednesday's practice was more than a day of veteran rest. Beat writer Michael Gehlken suggests fellow practice squad TE Asante Cleveland could be promoted to the 53-man roster before Sunday, "perhaps with Gates inactive." It sounds like Gates' fantasy owners need to have a fallback plan in place. Jacob Tamme (@ NO), Jesse James (@ PHI), Jared Cook (vs. DET), and Jack Doyle (vs. SD) are all viable Week 3 streamers.
Sep 21 - 9:22 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

It's not clear when the injury happened, as Gates played into the fourth quarter in last week's blowout win. The Chargers added a tight end to their practice squad, suggesting there's some concern over his status. Hunter Henry would be a Week 3 streaming option if Gates is held out.
Sep 21 - 5:17 PM

Antonio Gates caught 3-of-5 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against the Jaguars.

Gates found the end zone on a screen/pick play at the goal line in the second quarter. The score was the 105th of his illustrious career, and he was just inches away from adding the 106th in the fourth quarter. Gates is nothing but a touchdown-or-bust option at this point in his career, but he is as good a touchdown bet as any. He will be a must-start option against the Colts.
Sep 18 - 8:07 PM

ESPN’s Eric Williams expects the Chargers to feature Antonio Gates more in the pass game.

Gates was a Week 1 non-factor, catching three passes and playing 48-of-73 snaps. He projects for more third down and red-zone targets with Keenan Allen done for the year. Gates’ snaps should stay the same, but his weekly floor is higher.
Source: ESPN
Sep 17 - 2:29 PM

Antonio Gates reeled in three-of-four targets for 20 yards in Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

His longest catch went for eight yards. Gates was a non-factor for the most part and wasn’t even targeted after halftime. His complete lack of involvement is especially alarming considering that top receiver Keenan Allen (torn ACL) wasn’t even around in the second half. Perhaps he’ll bounce back against the Jaguars in Week 2, though he’ll only be a back-end TE1 for that matchup.
Sep 11 - 5:18 PM

The Chargers rested Antonio Gates in their third preseason game.

Gates is fine, but the Bolts wanted to get second-round pick Hunter Henry more work with the ones. One of the top value picks among tight ends this year, Gates enters 2016 with a lofty touchdown projection in one of the NFL's better passing games. He's a no-brainer pick in the ninth and tenth rounds.
Aug 28 - 3:30 PM

Philip Rivers said one goal of the 2016 season is to get Antonio Gates at least eight touchdowns to break Tony Gonzalez's tight end touchdowns record.

With 104 career touchdowns, Gates needs eight to pass Gonzalez's mark of 111 for sixth all time and first among tight ends. Considering Gates was still able to score five times last season despite missing the first four games and limping through the second half of the calendar with a sprained MCL, we'd consider it likely he passes Gonzalez. Even at 36, Gates remains a TE1.
Jul 27 - 12:42 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the team still has "some work" to do at the tight end position.

San Diego brought back Antonio Gates on a two-year deal, but they still have big concerns at tight end. Those concerns were alleviated somewhat when they signed Jeff Cumberland on Monday, but they would still be smart to invest in a pass-catching complement to Gates in the draft. Gates will turn 36 in June.
Apr 5 - 10:22 AM

Chargers re-signed TE Antonio Gates to a two-year, $12 million contract with $6 million guaranteed.

It took longer than expected, but the two sides got the deal done. Entering his 14th season with the Chargers, Gates is already the organization's all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. San Diego may bring in some help for the future Hall of Famer, but Gates will remain a vital part of the offense. Turning 36 in June, Gates will return to a talented pass-catcher corps that now includes a healthy Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and 4.36 speedster signee Travis Benjamin. Philip Rivers should be excited.
Mar 9 - 11:58 AM

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QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Dexter McCluster
3Kenneth Farrow
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Kenneth Farrow
3RB1Melvin Gordon
2Dexter McCluster
FB1Derek Watt
WR11Travis Benjamin
2Griff Whalen
WR21Dontrelle Inman
2Tyrell Williams
WR31Tyrell Williams
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Asante Cleveland
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Kenny Wiggins
3Chris Watt
C1Matt Slauson
2Max Tuerk
RG1D.J. Fluker
2Spencer Pulley
RT1Joe Barksdale
2Tyreek Burwell
K1Josh Lambo