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Tight End, San Diego Chargers

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College: Kent State
Ht: 6’4”  Wt: 260 DOB: 1980-06-18 Age: 35

Season Stats
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  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2003 SD 15 11 - 24 389 16.2 2 50.9 3.4
2004 SD 15 15 114 81 964 11.9 13 174.4 11.6
2005 SD 15 15 140 89 1,101 12.4 10 170.1 11.3
2006 SD 16 16 120 71 924 13.0 9 146.4 9.2
2007 SD 16 15 117 75 984 13.1 9 152.4 9.5
2008 SD 16 16 92 60 704 11.7 8 118.4 7.4
2009 SD 16 16 114 79 1,157 14.6 8 163.7 10.2
2010 SD 10 10 65 50 782 15.6 10 138.2 13.8
2011 SD 13 12 88 64 778 12.2 7 119.8 9.2
2012 SD 15 0 80 49 538 11.0 7 95.8 6.4
2012 (Projected) SD       69 885 12.8 8 136.5  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
Despite missing three full games and most of another game, Gates still managed to finish 2011 as the 7th ranked fantasy tight end and 4th in average FPts/G with 11.7. While Gates’ fantasy prospects may be dimming somewhat due to his inability to stay healthy, he remains a hugely productive player when healthy. Safeties and linebackers struggle to get around Gates’ large frame, as evidenced by his completion percentage of 74.5% over the past two seasons. That ability also makes him a red zone demon with 74 touchdown receptions in 117 games over the last eight seasons. At 32 years of age, his skill set remains strong although he has lost some of his speed. With nine full games lost to injury over the past two seasons, the issue is clearly whether Gates will remain healthy and how many games he will play. Even if you forecast in a couple of missed games, Gates remains a top five fantasy tight end who could be the third player taken at his position.
Fan. Tm. Player
TE1TE1 Antonio Gates
TE2TE2 Ladarius Green
TE3TE3 John Phillips
TE4TE4 David Johnson
TE5TE5 David Paulson
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Gates suspended four games for PEDs     -- Thu Jul 2 4:30 pm --

One of four players levied with suspensions on Thursday
The San Diego Chargers announced Thursday that TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for performance-enhancing substances. He is eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 5, ahead of a Week 5 matchup against the Steelers. Gates is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Gates blamed his positive test on "supplements and holistic medicines" he used in an effort to recover from the past season. (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: Jets DT Sheldon Richardson, Cowboys LB Rolando McClain and Packers DE Datone Jones were the three other players suspended. Gates had a team-high 12 touchdowns last season and crossed the 10,000 receiving yard mark in San Diego's season finale, so he will be missed. With Gates out, the Chargers will finally have a reason to unleash athletic freak Ladarius Green, who has been unable to assume a bigger role in the offense because of Gates and the team's preference to use three receivers.
Green expected to have bigger role in offense     -- Fri Jun 19 7:00 am --

We've heard this before
The Chargers said it last year. They're saying it again now. Ladarius Green is expected to have a larger role in their offense, the team working to take advantage of his size-speed combo to present a mismatch for defenses. "I'd be shocked if he didn't have his most productive year," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. (San Diego Union Tribune)

FF Today's Take: We've heard this before. Green's expected breakout last season never happened as he dealt with injuries and the consistently good play of veteran Antonio Gates. Green has immense physical skills but with Steve Johnson added to the receiving mix, Green will likely need an injury to Gates in order to make a significant fantasy impact.
Gates rested for most of SD offseason work     -- Thu Jun 18 7:20 pm --

Has no idea when he plans to retire
San Diego TE Antonio Gates said he’ll evaluate at the end of each season where he’s at physically and mentally in order to determine if he wants to keep playing. He’s missed most of the offseason work at Chargers Park to keep the wear and tear down on his body. On Tuesday, Gates caught the first pass from QB Philip Rivers during the first rep of 7-on-7 passing drills and then watched from the sideline for most of the two-hour practice. “As of right now, I feel great. I feel good physically. I’m in a great place mentally. So I’ll just see how it goes. I have no expectations on how long I will play, or if this is my last year,” Gates said. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: Gates finished second among tight ends in standard scoring and third in PPR, so the birthday boy (turned 35 on Thursday) doesn't need to be in a rush to leave the game. Gates was asked to block less in 2014 and the result was more consistent production late in the season than he had delivered in recent years. That will probably be the blueprint going forward as well. Gates represents a solid value in yearly leagues at his current 9.08 ADP in standard drafts and 10.05 in PPR.
Gates expects a reduced role in 2015     -- Thu Apr 16 8:00 am --

Admits he played more than expected in 2014
“With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,” he says. “I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That’s what my contribution is at anyway.” (SI.com)

FF Today's Take: Antonio Gates finished second in fantasy points among tight ends last season thanks to twelve trips to the endzone and multiple injuries to Ladarius Green (hamstring, concussion, ankle). It's rare that you hear a player suggest that his snaps be reduced but it's a logical move if Gates wants to extend his career. Barring injury, we should see Green on the field more in 2015.

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