Antonio Gates Fantasy News

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.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) feels 'sharp pain' when cutting and 'can't explode'

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 1:38pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

On Monday, Chargers TE Antonio Gates played his second game since spraining his left MCL. He did not separate versus coverage as he did so consistently before the Oct. 18 knee injury.

"I can feel it. I feel the sharp pains in cuts. I can’t explode. The fatigue in certain parts of my leg. I know it’s all from compensating from the knee.

“I’m just trying to fight through it and lead by example to show these guys what it’s like to be a pro in this league. This is what it takes to be successful. Sometimes, you have to fight through these situations when it’s not as comfortable as you’d like.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers have a Week 10 bye, so we're expecting Gates to be close to full health with two weeks to heal. Gates hasn't been "explosive" for a couple of years now, but he looked slower than usual against Chicago.

Week 9 MNF Injury Report: Antonio Gates probable

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 4:10pm

CHICAGO Bears at SAN DIEGO Chargers
Bears
OUT
RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Eddie Royal (knee)

DOUBTFUL
C Hroniss Grasu (neck)

QUESTIONABLE
T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (concussion), LB Shea McClellin (knee), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), TE Zach Miller (shoulder)

PROBABLE
WR Cameron Meredith (ankle), LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee)
Chargers
OUT
T King Dunlap (ankle), LB Denzel Perryman (biceps), LB Manti Te'o (ankle), C Chris Watt (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
G Orlando Franklin (knee), TE Ladarius Green (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE
DT Corey Liuget (foot), CB Patrick Robinson (concussion), S Darrell Stuckey (hamstring), CB Jason Verrett (groin), S Eric Weddle (groin)

PROBABLE
CB Brandon Flowers (knee), TE Antonio Gates (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

Antonio Gates is now probable, and with Ladarius Green doubtful and Keenan Allen out for the year, Gates should collect a lot of red zone targets. For the Bears, Matt Forte and Eddie Royal are out.

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. After playing through the injury last week, and practicing all week, we’re expecting him to play on Monday night, barring a setback.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday. It’s a great sign that Gates is practicing as early as Wednesday. He’s locked in as a high-end TE1.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 8. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8, though the questionable tag means he has a chance to play. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) hasn't yet had an MRI

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:34pm

Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Antonio Gates is keeping himself in the dark.

He is unsure the exact nature of his knee injury. And he likes it that way.

The Chargers tight end said Monday that he's foregone MRI testing on his left MCL sprain, which he suffered two Sundays ago in Green Bay. He prefers an old-school approach, listening to his body to determine when he can return to the field. As the chance that his MCL could sideline him multiple weeks seems to grow, he may have an MRI as early as this week if the knee doesn't progress as hoped, he said.

"I'm playing it by ear," Gates said. "I'll see how it feels on Wednesday, Thursday. If I still can't go, then I'm going to try to look at it to see what the root of the problem is, what really is going on. Right now, it's a feel thing. I know my body. (The athletic trainers) trust me to make the right choice."

Fantasy Impact:

It's an odd approach. Typically teams insist on having all the information when making a decision about a player's availability. We'll keep an eye on Gates's status this week, but for now we're assuming he's out for Week 8. With Gates sidelined, Ladarius Green is a bona fide TE1. He has averaged 10.0 FP (standard) in four games in which he's played and Gates has not.

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