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85 Antonio Gates TE
Height/Weight: 6-4/255 | Birthdate: 6/18/1980 | Birthplace: Detroit, MI, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Kent State | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 100/67 | Average Draft Position: 140.94
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Antonio Gates back with team


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who missed all of offseason workouts due to a family issue, reported for the start training camp Thursday, reports ESPN.

Gates is expected to remain the starter in San Diego, but he will share playing time in two-tight end sets with Ladarius Green.


'Very personal situation' keeps Antonio Gates from minicamp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Tuesday that veteran tight end Antonio Gates wouldn't be at minicamp this week as he tends to a "very personal situation" in his hometown of Detroit. The Union-Tribune of San Diego reports that Gates hasn't been with the team at any practice open to the media this offseason.

"You tell him you love him, support him and you're with him," quarterback Philip Rivers said. " ... When the time is right and everything is taken care of, he'll be back. We look forward to getting him back."

Ladarius Green took the first-team reps in his place.


Chargers tight ends barely a factor


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught two passes for 10 yards in the playoff loss at Denver. He was targeted four times.

Fellow tight end Ladarius Green caught two of his three targets for 7 yards, dropping a perfect throw that would have converted a key third down.

Gates, 33, is scheduled to return in 2014 at a $5 million base salary, while Green is slated to earn $570,000.


Chargers offensive studs fizzle against Bengals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) The Chargers didn't need their normal output from their offensive stars to pull off a victory against the Bengals.

Eddie Royal was the most successful of the bunch, catching one pass for 33 yards. Keenan Allen managed to catch two balls, but only gained 21 yards. Antonio Gates was well-covered by the Bengals, and caught just one pass for 5 yards. The Chargers did not rely on the passing game, which meant none of their pass catchers had big games. Each player will look to rebound next week against Denver.


Antonio Gates seeking bounce-back against Bengals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is hoping for vindication Sunday when his team plays at Cincinnati in a first-round playoff battle. His performance in Week 13 against the visiting Bengals left much to be desired.

Gates fumbled once and had another pass stripped from him for an interception in the 17-10 defeat. He managed just five catches for 41 yards.

"You've got to learn from it," he told the team website. "I've gone back and looked at the film since we're playing them, and they made some phenomenal plays. But that's not who I am and not what we stand for offensively. We hang our hats on protecting the football and that's something that I've always been a part of since I've been here."

Gates is coming off his most productive regular season since 2009, though his touchdowns were down. He caught 77 passes for 872 yards and four scores.


Both Chargers tight ends find end zone


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Chargers tight ends Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green each scored a touchdown in the Week 17 win over the Chiefs. Green caught a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter, his only reception, while Gates hauled in a 4-yard score in the second.

Gates caught four of five targets for 31 yards while making his 60th touchdown reception from Philip Rivers. That's the most by any quarterback-tight end combo in NFL history. Gates ends the season with 77 catches for 872 yards and four touchdowns, but the 33-year-old seemed to fade down the stretch.

Green is a rising 23-year-old talent who made 17 grabs for 376 yards and three touchdowns.


Can Antonio Gates end five-game slump?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has not topped 50 yards or scored a touchdown in the last five weeks. He's being asked to block more, catch less.

Gates enters Week 17 vs. Kansas City with three touchdowns -- four fewer than he scored in any of the previous nine seasons. On the plus side, his 73 receptions for 841 yards represent his highest totals since 2009.

The Chiefs held Gates to three catches for 21 scoreless yards Week 12. This time Gates likely will face Kansas City's backups, as the Chiefs cannot change their playoff seeding. Still, only one of three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy experts rates Gates a starter in standard 12-team leagues this week.

Don't bet on the 33-year-old busting out of his slump. He's drawn 12 targets over his last three games.


Antonio Gates not targeted after opening drive


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught all three of his targets for 42 yards on his team's opening drive Week 17. He was not heard from after that as Philip Rivers looked elsewhere.

Gates used a vicious stiff-arm following his first reception, gaining 16 yards. Then he hauled in a 13-yarder over the middle. Gates' next 13-yard gain took San Diego inside the Oakland 10, but he did not get another pass thrown his way. 

Gates has not surpassed 50 yards or caught a touchdown since Week 11. He'll play the Chiefs in the regular-season finale.


Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates ready to go


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Chargers receiver Keenan Allen and tight end Antonio Gates, who were listed as probable, are active for the game vs. Oakland. Allen was dealing with a shoulder injury, while Gates' status was not injury-related.

Chargers injury report includes five offensive probables


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Chargers are quite healthy heading into their critical game Sunday against visiting Oakland. Only wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) and fullback Le'Ron McClain (hamstring) are questionable. Royal is expected to play.

Also on offense who are probable are wide receiver Keenan Allen (shoulder), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), center Nick Hardwick (not injury related), tight end Antonio Gates (not injury related) and featured back Ryan Mathews (foot)


Antonio Gates doesn't get involved in Week 15


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) With the Chargers nursing a lead for the entire second half Thursday, they rarely needed to turn to the passing game. As a result, Antonio Gates struggled to make an impact in Week 15, in a 27-20 win over the Broncos.  

Gates was targeted just twice in the game, hauling in both passes for 23 yards. He has 70 receptions for 799 yards on the season heading into Week 16 against the Raiders. 


Antonio Gates showing consistency lately


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has four games with 50 or more receiving yards in his last six. His highest total in that run -- 62 yards on eight targets -- came in Week 10 against this Thursday's opponent, the Broncos. 

Denver had allowed touchdowns in three consecutive games before Week 14, but the streak was snapped by the Titans on Sunday. However, the Titans were starting Visanthe Shiancoe, who was an emergency replacement for a concussed Delanie Walker. Since Week 8, the Broncos have allowed 75 or more yards in a game to a team's tight ends four times. 

Gates' situation is complicated by the presence of Ladarius Green. While Green was held without a reception in Week 14, he had scored two touchdowns in his previous two games. His drop-off in stats may have been spurred on by a combination of Eddie Royal returning and a game that was not very close. Green, in short, didn't seem to have an effect on Gates' production.

Gates is a consistent source of single-digit Fantasy points from the tight end position. His upside -- he has two 100-yard games this season, four games with eight or more targets in his last six, and three touchdowns -- is what makes Gates an attractive option. It's probably best to figure he'll get 50 yards and then hope for more. He can be started as a low-end TE in most formats. 


Antonio Gates racks up 50 yards in win over Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates turned in a decent performance during Sunday's contest against the Giants in Week 14.

Gates got off to a fast start as he caught passes for 4, 8, 15 and 23 yards in the first half. With the game in hand, Gates was not asked to much in the second half, as he was held without a grab in the final two quarters. He caught four of the six passes thrown his way for 50 yards in a 37-14 victory.

Gates has not had more than 52 receiving yards over his last four games. He'll look to stay productive in Week 15 against the Broncos in Denver.

Antonio Gates can't get a grip of the ball in loss to Cincy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was not at his best as he endured some ball-security issues during Sunday's loss to the Bengals in Week 13.

Gates coughed up the ball twice and was charged with one lost fumble. The other was ruled an interception. Gates caught a pass from Rivers but coughed it up into the hands of Kirkpatrick in the third quarter. He also saw his fellow tight end LaDarius Green come down with a touchdown in back-to-back games. Gates caught five of the nine passes thrown his way for 41 yards in a 17-10 defeat.

Gates has been held under 45 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He has 64 receptions for 726 yards and three touchdowns this season. He'll look to get back on track at home against the Giants in Week 14.

Six injured Chargers get the green light for Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) The following injured San Diego players were ruled active for Week 13 against the Bengals: tight end Antonio Gates, running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu,defensive lineman Lawrence Guy, defensive lineman Corey Liuget and defensive back Darrell Stuckey.

Chargers place eight among probables for Sunday battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) The Chargers have designated eight players as probable for the game Sunday against the Bengals, including running back Ryan Mathews and tight end Antonio Gates, both of whom are nursing hamstring injuries.

The others are wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (hamstring), tackle D.J. Fluker (knee), defensive ends Corey Liuget (shin) and Lawrence Guy (toe), center Nick Hardwick (neck) and long snapper Mike Windt (ankle).


Antonio Gates likely to start despite missing practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) missed practice for a second straight day Thursday, but he is likely to start Week 13 vs. Cincinnati, according to U-T San Diego.

The matchups will get better for Antonio Gates


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) It wasn't the eight targets Fantasy owners of Antonio Gates will complain about -- it's the three catches and 7.0 yard receiving average he had in Week 12 at Kansas City that will cause some groans. 

The matchups will turn around for Gates after his Week 13 game against the Bengals. Cincinnati's defense has held tight ends to five touchdowns this season -- three in their last six, though -- with 50 yards or less to tight ends in all but one game. That suggests that if Gates doesn't score he'll deliver another crummy stat line. 

Making matters worse is the reality that Gates had just one red-zone target in the game and that teammate Ladarius Green picked up five targets including a long touchdown. The clock is ticking on Gates as he runs sluggishly and just isn't the guy we once revered. In the leagues I own Gates in I'm looking for other options in Week 13. But after that -- against the Giants, Broncos and Raiders in Week 16 -- are better and it could mean some decent stats. 


Antonio Gates held in check Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was held in check Week 12 against the Chiefs.

Gates caught three of his eight targets, picking up just 21 yards. He was able to force a defensive pass interference penalty against safety Eric Berry, but Berry mostly held in check the entire game.

Gates will take on the Bengals Week 13.


Antonio Gates scores first touchdown since late September


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates did something on Sunday he had not done in nearly two months. That is, score a touchdown.

The usually prolific veteran had not visited the end zone since Week 4, but he got refamiliar with the experience in the first quarter against the Dolphins on a 5-yarder from Philip Rivers that gave his team a 7-3 lead.

Gates finished with four catches for 52 yards, but only one for 19 yards in the second half. He has snagged at least four in every game this season aside from the opener and will try to maintain that consistency next Monday night against the Redskins.


Antonio Gates seeking first touchdown since Week 4


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2013) One can look at the Week 11 prospects for Chargers tight end Antonio Gates one of two ways. The first is that he's due for a breakout performance. The second is that age is finally catching up with the 33-year-old stud pass-catcher.

Gates certainly didn't appear to be slowing down in the first five games when he caught 32 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns. He has remained fairly steady in the number of receptions with 20 in the last four games, but he has been held to 174 yards and no scores during that stretch.

He remains an automatic Fantasy play in Week 11 against Miami, which has improved markedly in defending tight ends this year. After yielding four scores to tight ends in the first four games, including two to Jimmy Graham, the Dolphins have yielded just 13 receptions and no touchdowns to starters at that position in the last five games.

Gates is ranked between 6th and 12th among all NFL tight ends by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers this week. He is a sure-fire start in all formats, but his likely production in Miami is tough to predict.


Antonio Gates leads Chargers in receiving Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates led the team in receiving Week 10 against the Broncos.

Gates was Philip Rivers' primary target against Denver, leading the club with eight targets. He came up with four catches for 62 yards. With the team attempting to claw their way back into the game, Gates received just one catch in the fourth quarter.

Gates will take on the Dolphins Week 11.


Antonio Gates looking at a favorable matchup Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has a favorable matchup Week 10 against the Broncos.

Denver has done a poor job defending tight ends this year, giving up 9.50 Fantasy points per game. The team has actually done a good job keeping tight ends out of the end zone, but have given up a ton of yardage. The team has allowed an average of 82.25 yards and 10.25 receptions per game to tight ends.

Gates hasn't been much of a threat recently, and has not scored in four games. He's been a solid PPR player, but has seen his yards per catch drop precipitously lately. In the last three games, Gates has averaged 7, 5.2 and 8.8 yards per catch. Over his career, Gates average in the category is 12.9 yards per catch. He's a decent play despite the recent decline. 


Antonio Gates in the middle of a cold spell


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2013) Despite 10 targets, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had six catches for only 53 yards Sunday at the Redskins. It continues a string of extremely mediocre play from the veteran -- he has 74 yards or less in each of his last four games with no touchdowns.

Moreover, Gates looked slower than ever, struggling to get down field quickly. It's a problem since he'd need to pretty much be a volume receiver to be an over-productive player for Fantasy purposes. Even if he has a favorable matchup he's not quite as tough to cover as he once was. 

You'll probably want to keep him active against the Broncos in Week 10, especially since Philip Rivers will likely need to pass a bunch. That helps his cause, though I'm not sure you should expect a lot more than the 70 yards or so he's been delivering. 


Antonio Gates held out of end zone again


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught six passes for 53 yards in the Week 9 loss at Washington. Gates was targeted 10 times in the overtime loss. 

Gates did not score in the defeat in D.C. The 33-year-old hasn't scored since Sept. 29 against Dallas. He's been held out of the end zone in four straight games. San Diego hosts Denver Week 10.