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Antonio Gates | Tight End

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
Contract: view contract details

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Suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates maintains he doesn't know how a banned substance got into his system.
"I was in shock," Gates said, adding he believed he'd win his appeal. As it is, Gates said the failed test was a "blip on the radar." Contract-year TE Ladarius Green gets a four-game audition to replace Gates during his ban. Now 35, Gates is also in a contract year. Jul 30 - 2:51 PM

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NFL suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates four games for violating the league's PED policy.

This one is a shocker. Headed into his 13th NFL campaign, Gates has always been a model NFL citizen, both on- and off-the-field. In a statement, Gates said he never "knowingly" ingested a banned substance. While possibly true, it's the oldest PED excuse in the book. Now 35, Gates has been thus far ageless as Philip Rivers' go-to target, but his absence will free up a massive amount of looks for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and give Ladarius Green the opportunity he's deserved for some time now. Missing such a huge chunk of the fantasy season right off the bat, it's hard to sell Gates as a TE1.
Jul 2 - 3:58 PM

Antonio Gates has sat out most of the offseason practices in order to reduce wear on his body.

Gates turned 35 on Thursday. "As of right now I feel great. I feel good physically," he said. Gates didn't show many signs of slowdown last season, recording a 69-821-12 line that made him fantasy's No. 2 tight end. His red-zone skills make him a high-floor option that's routinely available in Rounds 8-10 of drafts.
Jun 18 - 10:54 AM

Antonio Gates said his comments indicating he would like a reduced role in 2015 were misunderstood.

"I ain't asking to play less," Gates said. "Every time I'm in a game, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a play. Why would I want to be on the sideline? That defeats the purpose." Gates told Sports Illustrated he played more than the Chargers expected him to in 2014, but he still saw over 200 fewer snaps than in 2013 and was far less involved as a blocker. That usage allowed Gates to stay fresh late in the season and will likely be the blueprint moving forward. Gates' days playing 900 snaps a season are likely over, but he will still be involved enough in the passing game to be a strong fantasy asset.
Apr 18 - 11:59 AM

Antonio Gates indicated he'd like to have his snaps dialed back in 2015.

"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," Gates said. "I was playing the whole game. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations." Gates, 35 in June, played 787 snaps last season and saw the sixth-most targets among tight ends on his way to a 69-821-12 line. He admittedly doesn't have many years left and wants to conserve his time. The Ladarius Green plane may actually get off the ground in 2015.
Apr 16 - 8:54 AM

Antonio Gates caught four passes for 67 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

Gates didn't get his first target until the third quarter, but still managed to have a decent game. His season ends with a 69/821/12 line. Gates finished as a top-three fantasy tight end this season, with his 12 touchdowns the most he's had since 2004. Gates will return for the final year of his contract at a $5.9 million salary. He has some decline concerns entering his age-35 season, but remains a TE1 option for 2015 re-draft leagues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:53:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 7-of-9 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 against the 49ers.

Gates leaked out on a play action boot for a one-yard score in the third quarter and was inexplicably left wide open for a 21-yard score in the fourth. Gates is now one touchdown away from 100 total scores for his career, and he would match his highest single-season total with 13 if he can score next week against Kansas City. Gates will be a TE1 in that matchup.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:54:00 AM

Antonio Gates caught six passes for 54 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Broncos.

Gates was the only effective pass-catcher for the Chargers, repeatedly beating both T.J. Ward and Rahim Moore by using his oversized frame. It certainly didn't hurt his cause that Keenan Allen went down with an ankle injury early on. Gates will certainly be a TE1 at San Francisco in Week 16, but we wouldn't have very high expectations. Sunday marked his first time in the end zone since Week 8, when he put two scores on these very same Broncos.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Antonio Gates had just five catches for 34 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Patriots.

Gates was involved early, with three of his catches coming in the first half. The Patriots took away Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd on the outside, allowing him to lead the Chargers with eight targets. Gates is averaging 38 yards over his last five games and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. He won't be more than a low-end TE1 for a Week 15 matchup against Denver.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:52:00 AM

Antonio Gates caught seven passes for 84 yards in Sunday's Week 13 win at Baltimore.

Gates was dominant early, somehow running wide open over the middle as Philip Rivers peppered him with targets. Then the Ravens made an adjustment by sticking Will Hill -- the man that did a great job on Jimmy Graham in Week 12 -- on Gates. So Philip Rivers looked elsewhere down the stretch, but the damage had been done. Gates' seven catches tied a season-high and his 83 yards were his most since Week 2. He'll be a low-end TE1 against the Patriots in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught two passes for 14 yards in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Rams.

Gates caught the two lone targets that came his way. Keenan Allen was winning over the middle, while Philip Rivers opted for dump-off plays to his running backs in the short passing game. The Rams are strong against opposing tight ends, but Gates will be back on the TE1 map next week in Baltimore.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 08:14:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 3-of-3 targets for 32 yards in the Chargers' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Gates isn't the type of tight end that racks up yards and catches anymore, so he needs touchdowns to pay fantasy dividends. He'll throw up clunkers when he doesn't score, and he's now gone two games without hitting pay dirt. The good news is fantasy tight ends across the league were major disappointments in Week 11, so Gates' slow day didn't really hurt anyone. As of Sunday night's game, Jermaine Gresham was the overall TE1 of the week.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:54:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught three passes for 28 yards in the Chargers' Week 9 loss to the Dolphins.

Gates was targeted five times, but Philip Rivers couldn't connect with any of his receivers in the 37-0 blowout loss. Rivers overthrew Gates on one occasion. The locked-in TE1 will be ready to roll against the Raiders in Week 11 when the Chargers come out of their bye.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:10:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-8 targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

The scores were Gates' eighth and ninth of the season. Six of those have come in his past four games. Gates is now just one touchdown away from his first 10-score campaign since 2010. The TDs weren't Gates' only accomplishment this evening, as the yards gave him 9,610 for his career, moving him past Lance Alworth (9,584) as the Bolts' all-time leader. Gates will enter San Diego's Week 9 trip to Miami the owner of 751 lifetime catches, and 96 career touchdowns.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:51:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 3-of-4 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's Week 7 loss to the Chiefs.

Another effective day at the office for the future Hall-of-Famer, but his 27-yard score was a fluke catch that bounced off a defensive back's hands. Either way, it was Gates' seventh touchdown of the season, and fourth in three games. Gates hasn't managed more than four catches since Week 2, but is locked in as a mid-range TE1.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 08:04:00 PM

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QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Brad Sorensen
4Chase Rettig
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Branden Oliver
4Donald Brown
5Jahwan Edwards
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Stevie Johnson
3Dontrelle Inman
4Torrence Allen
5Titus Davis
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Jacoby Jones
3Austin Pettis
4Javontee Herndon
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
4David Paulson
5Kyle Miller
K1Nick Novak
2Josh Lambo