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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%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 122.96
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Antonio Gates dominates Seahawks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates turned in a dominant performance Week 2 against the Seahawks. 

Gates caught seven passes for 96 yards and three scores. He caught every ball Philip Rivers threw his way. Gates was a big time weapon in the red zone. Two of his touchdowns came on third down. With the Chargers 8 yards away both times, Rivers found Gates for two scores. The third strike came on a 21 yard grab. He was a constant first down machine, picking up a first down or touchdown on all but one of his seven catches.

Gates will take on the Bills Week 3. 


Chargers studs good to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Chargers studs are good to go Week 2 against the Seahawks.

Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates are active. They were both probable coming into the game. D.J. Fluker, Melvin Ingram, Sean Lissemore and Corey Liuget are also active for the contest.


Antonio Gates practices in full, ready to go in Week 2


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was able to practice without limitation Friday, a good sign for his availability in Week 2 against the Seahawks Sunday. Gates had been limited prior to Friday in practice, but is now officially probable for Sunday's game. 

Antonio Gates held out of practice Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, according to U-T San Diego. He was limited Wednesday as the team prepares for Week 2 against Seattle.

Antonio Gates limited Wednesday due to hamstring injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was limited in practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. The Chargers host the Seahawks Week 2.

Antonio Gates played twice as much as Ladarius Green


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates played 54 snaps in Monday's loss at Arizona, compared to 26 snaps for promising backup Ladarius Green, per Pro Football Focus. Gates ran 37 pass routes while Green ran just 10. Green was used as a blocker on 16 of his 26 snaps.

Gates caught six passes on 10 targets for 81 yards. Green hauled in both his targets for 24 yards.


Antonio Gates goes for 81 receiving yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Tight end Antonio Gates paced the Chargers with six catches on 10 targets for 81 yards in Monday's 18-17 loss at Arizona. But he had two drops, including a brutal flub late in the second quarter that cost his team at least 15 yards.

Gates came into the game questionable with a hamstring injury. He moved well, though not exactly fast, and reprised his role as Philip Rivers' security blanket. Gates faces a tough Week 2 matchup against the Seahawks.


Antonio Gates ready to roll


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who was questionable with a hamstring injury, is active for Monday night's game at Arizona.

Report: Antonio Gates reworks contract


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates reworked his contract Monday, ProFootballTalk.com reports.

Gates, who is set to make $5 million in salary for 2014, had $3 million of that turned into a signing bonus. The move frees up $1.5 million in cap space for the Chargers this season.  


Chargers premier offensive pair on injury report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Two Chargers offensive standouts are on their injury report heading into the Monday night battle against Arizona.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen appears all but set to play despite a rib ailment. He participated fully in practice all week. Tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) is questionable after having been out throughout the week.


Antonio Gates a big obstacle for Ladarius Green


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Ladarius Green, who caught three touchdowns in the final six games last year, is the Chargers' tight end of the future. But Antonio Gates is still the starter. Judging by their usage in August, coaches remain more comfortable with Gates in single-tight end sets.

In the 28 preseason snaps played by quarterback Philip Rivers, Gates played 26 and Green 13. In the dress rehearsal game, Gates caught all three of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown. Green caught one of three targets for 5 yards.

Gates is 34, but he's healthy and in terrific shape. Until he breaks down, Green is not going to be playable in standard leagues.

The Chargers open the season Monday night in Arizona. It's a wonderful matchup, as the Cardinals allowed a league-high 13.3 Fantasy points per game to tight ends last year. Consider Gates a borderline TE1 for Week 1.


Antonio Gates 'in great shape' and 'moving well'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, 34, turned in an outstanding practice Tuesday, reports ESPN.com. Gates scored two touchdowns in red-zone drills and made "one of his trademark acrobatic catches over the middle of the field with safety Darrell Stuckey in coverage," the report said.

Gates, the website added, looks to be "in great shape and has been moving well during camp." 


Antonio Gates won't be forgotten in San Diego


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/7/2014) While there's much ballyhoo over Ladarius Green this summer, 34-year-old tight end Antonio Gates still figures to be the most targeted tight end on the Chargers roster. ESPN notes that Gates can still beat one-on-one coverage, especially in the red zone, and that makes him an asset to the offense. 

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.