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| It's been a historic and a remarkably consistent career for Antonio Gates, who has now finished as an overall top-12 (TE1) fantasy tight end in 13 straight seasons. Not only that, but Gates finished in the top five in eight of those 13 seasons, most recently in 2014 when he finished No. 2 at the position. Of course, Gates' best days are far behind him and he's even noted that the passing game now goes through Keenan Allen, but both Gates and the Chargers seem to think there's still some gas left in his tank.
Gates is expected to take a backseat to the younger, healthier Hunter Henry who had a productive rookie season both with and without Gates in the lineup. This means that Gates will likely be relegated to passing down work with an emphasis on the red zone, where he currently sits tied with Tony Gonzalez as the NFL's all-time touchdown leader among tight ends. He'll have some TE1 weeks, but Gates will also likely be a complete bust in a number of games. The lack of depth at the tight end position overall will make him a decent bye week replacement-type player who still has TE1 upside if Henry goes down.
| Hunter Henry lands on IR|
Small laceration on his kidney
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 19, 4:30 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers announced on Tuesday that tight end Hunter Henry has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a small laceration on his kidney. In corresponding moves, the Bolts promoted guard Brett Boyko to the active roster and signed T Andrew Wylie to the practice squad. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Henry had become a semi-reliable tight end option over the last month with three TE1 finishes over the last four weeks. In his absence, expect Antonio Gates to increase his snap rate and be a viable low-end TE1 option in Week 16 against the Jets.
| Hunter Henry may miss final two weeks of season|
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 18, 8:05 pm
|Chargers TE Hunter Henry has a small laceration on his kidney. "Up in the air" whether or not he plays the final two (games). (LA Daily News - Jack Wang)|
FFToday's Take: Henry has been underutilized in 2017, especially whenever the Chargers lose. In seven wins, the second-year tight end is averaging 4.3 catches for 62.4 yards and a touchdown about every other game. In seven defeats, those marks drop to 2.1 and 20.3 with only one touchdown. Antonio Gates would likely be a touchdown-or-bust option for Henry owners if the 23-year-old cannot go in Week 16 or Week 17.