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Antonio Gates | Tight End | #85

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
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Antonio Gates corralled his only target for 16 yards Sunday in the Chargers’ Week 6 win over the Raiders.
Gates was a non-factor, just as he’s been most of this season. The 37-year-old has seen just four targets over his last two games while losing work to ascendant second-year tight end Hunter Henry. It’s unlikely he rights the ship next week in a tough matchup with Denver. Oct 15 - 9:14 PM

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Antonio Gates caught 2-of-3 targets for 23 yards in the Chargers' Week 5 win over the Giants.

Even in the best matchup he'll have all year, Gates couldn't break out. He now has 11 catches for 99 yards through five games. Sadly, the future Hall-of-Famer is off the fantasy radar.
Oct 8 - 5:48 PM

Antonio Gates caught 3-of-5 targets for 18 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 loss to the Eagles.

Sadly, the yards were Gates' second most of the season. With 25 percent of the year in the books, he's on pace for 32/304/4. The Chargers need to end their tight end timeshare and commit to sophomore Hunter Henry as the clear starter, but there's been no indication such a move is on the horizon.
Oct 1 - 8:14 PM

Antonio Gates pulled in two-of-five targets for 30 yards Sunday in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.

A week after setting the all-time mark for touchdowns by a tight end, Gates was back to being invisible. Ineffective as he was, Gates actually set season-highs in both yards and targets. He’s unlikely to be a factor next week against Philadelphia.
Sep 24 - 9:14 PM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-4 targets for 11 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers' Week 2 loss to the Dolphins.

Gates put his name in the record books by breaking Tony Gonzalez's record for touchdowns at the tight end position by securing a short score in the third quarter. Philip Rivers made it a point to get him the ball, throwing up a jump ball into double-coverage the previous play. Overall, Gates doesn't have a whole lot left. He has four grabs for 28 yards and the score through two games, and sophomore Hunter Henry went 7-80 on seven targets Sunday. Henry is the preferred own in fantasy leagues.
Sep 17 - 7:19 PM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-4 targets for 17 yards against the Broncos in Week 1.

His first catch didn't come until 10 minutes were left in the fourth quarter. Gates played 38 of the 58 snaps at tight end, which dominated Hunter Henry's 23. The 37-year-old Hall of Fame tight end needs just one more score to pass Tony Gonzalez for the most all time among tight ends, so he'll look to make history against the Dolphins at home in Week 2. He'll be a risky fantasy play, though.
Sep 12 - 1:49 AM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-2 targets for ten yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' preseason opener.

Philip Rivers got the crowd fired up with a first-drive five-yard touchdown connection to Gates, who played nine snaps with the first-team group compared to Hunter Henry's seven. Even if Gates plays fewer regular season snaps than Henry, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer will stay involved on obvious passing downs and especially in scoring position. A six- to eight-touchdown season remains well within Gates’ range of potential outcomes.
Aug 13 - 8:42 PM

Antonio Gates said he's completely fine playing a secondary role at 37 years old.

He knows the deal. "I've already said this to Keenan [Allen], because he’s going to have to take us to the promised land in the passing game," Gates said. "He's the guy. I have no problem with saying that. Hopefully, I can get situations and matchups I can take advantage of." Allen isn't the only guy Gates is behind; sophomore Hunter Henry is expected to take over as the every-down tight end this season, while Gates focuses more on third downs and touchdowns. Gates may have a couple TE1 weeks, but he's more of a mid-range TE2.
Jun 13 - 8:26 PM

One Chargers assistant confirmed to ESPN's Matthew Berry the team was trying to get Antonio Gates the all-time touchdown record for tight ends last season.

Gates wound up tying the record, and he will break it this year. However, the assistant confirmed there will be "no such effort" to force Gates red-zone passes in 2017, and after watching Hunter Henry's rookie-year tape, the Bolts believed Henry should have had 10-12 touchdown catches. (Henry finished with eight.) While the arrow is clearly pointing down on soon-to-be 37-year-old Gates, Henry has sophomore breakout written all over him.
Mar 7 - 11:59 AM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-8 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown Week 17 against the Chiefs.

It was a monumental day as Gates tied Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns (111) by a tight end in NFL history. The future Hall of Famer matched the mark with a diving, two-yard effort in the second quarter, his seventh score of the season and his second in as many weeks. Gates has already said he will be back next season, so he will have a great shot to break the record even in what is expected to be a secondary role behind Hunter Henry. Still, his days as a TE1 are likely at an end.
Jan 1 - 10:14 PM

Antonio Gates said he plans to play in 2017.

Gates signed a two-year deal last offseason, so he's inked through the 2017 campaign. At 36, he said he feels great and is still having fun. "This is not the way I expected to be done," Gates said as the Chargers wrap up another lost season. "I'm definitely leaning toward coming back." 2017 would be his 15th season in the league. He's two touchdowns shy of the tight-end record.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:09:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 8-of-13 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 16 loss to the Browns.

Held to 11 yards in last week's loss to the Raiders, Gates got on the board early with a one-yard touchdown against Cleveland and dominated on San Diego's final two possessions, which unfortunately resulted in a blocked field goal and a missed field goal in the Bolts' loss. Gates needs one touchdown to tie Tony Gonzalez's all-time touchdown record and two touchdowns to pass Gonzo. The Chargers face the tight end-stingy Chiefs next.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 1-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Chargers' Week 15 loss to the Raiders.

Gates logged more playing time than Hunter Henry, but Henry out-targeted (4) and out-produced (3-37-1) Gates and is clearly the Chargers' best tight end. All Gates has left to cling to as a fantasy start is the all-time touchdown record, of which Gates remains three TDs shy with two games left in the season. Gates will have a better matchup in Week 16 against the Browns.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:24:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-9 targets for 61 yards in the Chargers' Week 14 loss to the Panthers.

Gates led the Chargers in targets, but was actually losing work to Hunter Henry until Henry was shaken up on a Philip Rivers hospital ball. Gates is good for a weekly 4/40, but it's been pretty empty over the past month. He'll be on the TE1/2 borderline for next week's game against the Raiders.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:32:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-4 targets for 37 yards in the Chargers' Week 13 loss to Tampa Bay.

Gates didn't play every snap, but he came through with clutch receptions in critical passing-down situations when he was in. He is now a rotational tight end with Hunter Henry, rendering both touchdown-or-bust plays in fantasy football.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:10:00 PM

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