Antonio Gates Fantasy News

Chargers TE Antonio Gates OUT vs. Colts

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3:16pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae SS
Joey Bosa DE
Ryan Carrethers NT
King Dunlap T
Antonio Gates TE
Joshua Perry ILB
Max Tuerk C

Fantasy Impact:

Antonio Gates' status was in serious doubt leading up to this game so with him out, Hunter Henry will assume a big workload at TE in what is a pretty good matchup against the Colts that could feature a lot of points.

Chargers add TE Asante Cleveland to roster

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:21pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

There was little question this weekend the Chargers would promote tight end Asante Cleveland from their practice squad, needing help at the position with Antonio Gates expected to be sidelined Sunday against the Colts.

Related players: Hunter Henry

Fantasy Impact:

Gates is listed as doubtful for Sunday against the Colts and this move would certainly indicate his hamstring will keep him from playing. Hunter Henry is poised for a large workload without Gates in the lineup.

Chargers release RB Andre Williams

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:14pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

There was little question this weekend the Chargers would promote tight end Asante Cleveland from their practice squad, needing help at the position with Antonio Gates expected to be sidelined Sunday against the Colts.

It was a matter of how they’d create the roster room.

On Saturday, Andre Williams was notified. It’s him.

San Diego waived the former Giants running back to sign Cleveland to its 53-man roster. Williams theoretically could return next week, but he first must clear waivers Monday afternoon. Gates officially is listed as doubtful to play Sunday with a hamstring injury.

Related players: Melvin Gordon, Dexter McCluster, Kenneth Farrow

Fantasy Impact:

Kenneth Farrow gained some positive press this summer and is shaping up to be the team's RB2 behind Melvin Gordon. The Bolts also signed Dexter McCluster this week.

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 3. Hunter Henry will get the start and can “do it all” per HC Mike McCoy. Rookie TEs generally do not become solid fantasy starters, but Henry is in a great spot. As a senior at Arkansas, he won the John Mackey award as the nation’s top tight end.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Per the San Diego Union-Tribune, Gates is “uncertain” for Week 3. The Chargers play late on Sunday, so owners should have a Plan B in place. Jacob Tamme, Jesse James, Trey Burton, Jack Doyle, Vance McDonald and Lance Kendricks all play at the same time as or later than Gates.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Gates finished the game so he should be fine to face the Colts.

Rivers: Antonio Gates looks 'fast' and 'sharp'

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 1:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Although Chargers TE Antonio Gates turned 36 in June, QB Philip Rivers said during minicamp this summer that Gates can still consistently get open.

“There’s still such a suddenness there, even at the age of 36,” Rivers said. “He still looks fast. He’s sharp.”

Gates should still put up decent numbers this season.

After missing the first four games of last season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Gates limped through the second half of 2015 following an MCL knee sprain in a Week 6 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the suspension and being slowed by injury, he finished the season with 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers drafted Hunter Henry in the second round of this year’s NFL draft to be Gates’ eventual replacement for a reason. Gates is near the end of a remarkable NFL career. Still, Gates is 12th on our TE list making him a low-end TE1 option. We project him for a 60-685-6.8 line this season making him a solid, late-round option. Buyers should probably have a backup plan, however.

Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:05pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

Former Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland is headed to San Diego on a one-year deal, the Chargers announced on Monday.

“Out with the old in with the new,” Cumberland wrote on social media. “Thanks for the 6 years the Jets organization gave me. Thanks to the Chargers organization for the opportunity to make a new home.”

In San Diego, he’ll be paired with eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates.

Chargers re-sign TE Antonio Gates

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:23pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Veteran tight end Antonio Gates will not be leaving San Diego this year.

Antonio Gates and the Chargers have agreed to terms on a new contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 35-year-old Gates has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chargers, and now he’ll remain in San Diego. Although he’s not quite the player he once was, he’s still an important part of the Chargers’ offense. Last year Gates caught 56 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games.

Fantasy Impact:

Gates averaged 5.1 catches for 57 yards and 0.45 TD in 11 games, so he was scoring at solid TE1 pace when healthy. He appeared on the injury report for five weeks with knee and hip issues and ended up missing five games -- four due to suspension -- so he finished as the #11 TE in standard formats and #12 in PPR. If the Chargers don't re-sign Ladarius Green or find other significant help at tight end, then Gates will once again be a solid value in the later rounds. Potential owners should be sure to draft a backup or target a surprise TE early in the waiver wire process since it’s likely that Gates will miss some time due to injury as his body continues to break down.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. Green was a full participant last week which led to a probable tag, so this is a downgrade from last week. If he’s out, Antonio Gates should see a boost in snaps.

Antonio Gates hints at return in 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015, 2:06pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Antonio Gates is coming back for another season.

Oh, the most Gates will outright commit to is that he’s leaning that way. But everything he says indicates the tight end’s Hall of Fame induction will be delayed a year.

This revelation is perhaps a silver lining for a franchise slogging through 3-10 season.

“I don’t want to go out this kind of way,” Gates said Sunday night. “I don’t want to go out as a loser. Winning is the way, ideally, you want to go out. … I want to make one more run at it, and then if it doesn’t work, be like, ‘OK.’ That’s just my feeling right now.”

Fantasy Impact:

Officially, Gates said he will take a month or so after the season to critically assess his own desire and ability, as well as how the Chargers are moving forward.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. Notice that Gates is no longer listed with a knee injury. He should see plenty of targets against the Jaguars. The Chargers are likely to have trouble running the ball on the Jags.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, hip, probable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 11. Gates will be fine to play in Week 11, though according to beat writer Michael Gehlken, he’s dealing with a hip injury that has developed as he has attempted to compensate for his knee. His role will increase with Keenan Allen out for the year and Malcom Floyd out for Week 11.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gates should be fine to play in Week 11, though according to beat writer Michael Gehlken, he’s dealing with a hip injury that has developed as he has attempted to compensate for his knee. His role will increase with Keenan Allen out for the year and Malcom Floyd potentially out for Week 11.

Antonio Gates (sprained knee) still not 100-percent

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 10:45am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Antonio Gates sprained his knee 30 days ago. A month later, he's still not up to full speed.

"Everybody can see it," Gates said Monday after the Chargers returned from six days off.

Gates has played in two of three games since he wrenched the knee Oct. 18 at Green Bay. The tight end made 10 catches over the two games, but looked less mobile than before the injury. Defenders banged him near the line of scrimmage because they didn't think he could run away. More able to tee him up, they dealt him hard hits after catches.

Gates said it's all about doing what he can to help, even if he feels like he's running in mud.

Fantasy Impact:

The 10 catches came in 16 targets and totaled 125 yards. In his two games before the injury, he had 18 catches in 27 targets for 187 yards with two touchdowns. Gates has still been pretty productive and will likely remain a TE1 option in our rankings, but owners may think about a replacement as long as they have a better, higher-rated option.

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