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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 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

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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.
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

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 5.

He was a limited participant in practice all week and figures to be a game-time decision against the Raiders. If Gates is active, Hunter Henry's viability as a TE1 streamer would take a blow, although Henry has earned a role with his strong performance. It's possible the two would split time. At Gates' age, we'd need to see him play well in a game following a multi-week injury before wanting to start him in a fantasy football lineup.
Oct 7 - 3:20 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Gates is trying to return from a two-game absence. He's on the right track, but we'd still consider him little more than 50-50 to suit up against the Raiders. Gates' status will be updated on Friday. If Gates does play, the Raiders are an appealing matchup.
Oct 6 - 4:29 PM

Updating an earlier report, Antonio Gates (hamstring) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's his first practice since going down with a hamstring injury in Week 2. It would seem that Gates has a chance to play Sunday against Oakland, though his status will need to be monitored throughout the week. Second-round rookie Hunter Henry has been filling in at tight end.
Oct 5 - 5:21 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) was spotted at Chargers practice Wednesday.

He went through team stretches at the start of the session. We'll get an official status later this evening, but it's a good sign for Gates and bad sign for Hunter Henry streamers. Gates has shown very little since the 2014 season and may not have much left. He'd be an uninspiring TE1/2 this week.
Oct 5 - 3:06 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is inactive for Week 4 against the Saints.

He was listed as doubtful on the final injury report, but he was never going to play. Gates is questionable at best for Week 5 against the Raiders. Hunter Henry is a viable TE1 with Gates out.
Oct 2 - 3:04 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice and is listed as doubtful for Week 4.

He's not going to play this week. Hunter Henry played 59-of-61 offensive snaps with Gates sidelined in Week 3. He'll be in the TE1 mix Sunday against New Orleans.
Sep 30 - 2:00 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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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