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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 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. Dec 4 - 8:10 PM

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Antonio Gates was not targeted in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Gates appeared to play a full complement of snaps, but he was not involved against a defense which has shut down tight ends this season. Hunter Henry did manage to haul in a touchdown on one of his three targets, but there is no reason to think there has been a changing of the guard. With Tyrell Williams (shoulder) leaving late with an injury, the tight ends should be more involved against the Bucs next week.
Nov 27 - 4:26 PM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-9 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown Week 10 against the Dolphins.

Gates was a bully early in the game, using his body to wall off defenders and make big catches. He caught his touchdown in-between converging defensive backs in the second quarter. Gates was a non-factor after halftime, however, only seeing one target after the break. Even so, the 36-year-old has at least nine targets in each of the last four games and a touchdown in three straight. He will be a TE1 even in a tough matchup against the Texans after the bye.
Nov 13 - 8:06 PM

Antonio Gates has been held under 40 yards in 6-of-7 games.

He’s on pace for a career-low 8.7 YPR. With Hunter Henry and Travis Benjamin (second half) sidelined, Gates’ Week 9 line was an outlier. The Chargers don’t use Gates between the 20s, giving him 33 percent of his targets in the red-zone. Gates is trending after consecutive touchdown weeks, but his floor is low in games he doesn’t score.
Nov 11 - 7:36 PM

Antonio Gates (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Gates' usage has increased considerably over the past few weeks (nine or more targets in each of his last three games). He's a solid mid-range TE1.
Nov 10 - 3:46 PM

Antonio Gates (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Gates. The limited practice suggests it's not serious. Gates has seen at least nine targets the last three games and remains a good weekly bet for heavy red-zone usage and therefore touchdown catches.
Nov 9 - 5:03 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-9 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 9 win over the Titans.

A bully over the middle and near the paint, Gates got on the board quickly with a short score and had two more end-zone targets. He was also tackled at the two-yard line in the second half, setting up Melvin Gordon's one-yard touchdown plunge. Quietly, Gates has led the Chargers in targets or tied for the team lead in targets in three straight games. He will be a strong TE1 play with San Diego takes on the Dolphins in Week 10.
Nov 6 - 8:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-9 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

Gates rendered Hunter Henry (2-14-0) a non-factor for the second straight game and has retaken the primary pass-catching tight end role in San Diego's offense. Gates still isn't putting up many yards, but Philip Rivers is force feeding him targets in scoring position. Gates will be a touchdown-or-bust TE1 streamer when the Chargers take on the Titans in Week 9.
Oct 30 - 8:04 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-10 targets for 38 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Falcons.

Per Pro Football Focus, Hunter Henry out-snapped Gates 47-37, but Gates out-targeted his rookie teammate 10-3. Henry had one catch, though two of his looks came in the red zone. Nevertheless, Gates continued to serve as Philip Rivers' most trusted chain mover. He's not going anywhere. Gates needs touchdowns for return on fantasy investment, but remains in the TE1 mix.
Oct 23 - 8:09 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) admitted he's not 100 percent healthy.

"It's very difficult when you're constantly playing on it," Gates said. "I'm not at 100 percent. But it’s adequate at what I can try and get done, and what we can accomplish as a team from an offensive standpoint. Just being able to be out there, and hopefully they account for me -- that actually helps the play-calling and gives other guys opportunities to make plays." That's exactly what Gates has been since returning two weeks ago: a decoy. Hunter Henry continues to produce and has started to draw more red-zone looks from Philip Rivers. It's not out of the question that Henry out-produces Gates the rest of the way. Gates is more of a TE2.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 17 - 8:15 PM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-6 targets for 16 yards in the Chargers' Week 6 win over the Broncos.

Gates was targeted on the Chargers' first play from scrimmage, committing an awful drop. He ended up getting out-targeted, out-gained and out-snapped by Hunter Henry. It was surely a product of Gates playing his second game in five days as he returned from a hamstring injury, but Henry is becoming a problem. The rookie can play. Gates will be a touchdown-dependent option against the Falcons in Week 7.
Oct 14 - 12:48 AM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-5 targets for 30 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers' Week 5 loss to the Raiders.

After missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, Gates was back in action and found the end zone from four yards out in the second half. He was mostly playing on third downs and in the red zone, as rookie Hunter Henry continued to have a role. Gates looks extremely sluggish like a 300-pounder, but he still has an eye for the end zone, and Philip Rivers trusts him a great deal. Gates will be a low-end TE1 Thursday night against the Broncos.
Oct 9 - 8:41 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Week 5 against the Raiders.

Gates is back after missing the previous two games. He and Hunter Henry will share tight end duties. Inactive for the Chargers are RT Joe Barksdale, ILB Denzel Perryman, TE Asante Cleveland, CB Brandon Flowers, S Jahleel Addae, LB Nick Dzubnar, and C Max Tuerk.
Oct 9 - 3:02 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against Oakland, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Gates' "snaps may be on the limited side."

Gates was already playing limited snaps before the hamstring injury sidelined him, so RapSheet's report is essentially a non-story. The story is that Gates will be active against the Raiders, and that cuts into rookie Hunter Henry's fantasy appeal. As for Gates, we'd want to see the 36-year-old do something productive in the box score before firing him up. Gates' receiving lines were 3-20-0 and 3-15-1 in the Chargers' first two games.
Oct 9 - 8:19 AM

Antonio Gates (questionable, hamstring) will attempt to play Sunday.

Gates is trending toward being active after returning to a full practice on Friday. He wasn't playing a ton of snaps before going down, and figures to return in a lesser role. Hunter Henry will remain involved in the offense even with Gates returning, but Henry needs to be downgraded to a TE2 play.
Oct 7 - 5:35 PM

Depth Charts

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