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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

6-4, 260Born: 6-18-1980College: Kent StateDrafted: ---

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Summary

Antonio Gates joined the league as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He came off the bench as a rookie, but in his 11 years as a starter, he's been a top-three fantasy tight end seven times, including last season when he finished #2 in non-PPR leagues. Gates was never a great blocker, and he's gotten worse in recent years, so he's come off the field more often on early downs. But that hasn't hurt his receiving production: if anything, it's kept him fresher over the course of the season. His prowess in the red zone makes him a reliable fantasy starter, even at 35 years of age. Ladarius Green has superior athletic talent at this point, but Gates still has the route-running savvy and mental connection with Philip Rivers to remain effective as team's primary pass-catching tight end. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 7, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 12, 13, 13, 15
Overall Redraft - 73, 44, 51, 53, 58
TE Redraft PPR - 7, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 12, 13, 13, 13, 15
Overall Redraft PPR - 71, 44, 44, 52
TE Dynasty - 25, 10, 18, 25, 29, 29

Stats and Projections

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2012 SD 15 49 538 7
2013 SD 16 77 872 4
2014 SD 16 69 821 12
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 55 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 63 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 73 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 57 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 104
TE: 9
Overall-PPR: 99
TE-PPR: 9

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2015 Schedule

1vs Detroit Lions
2@ Cincinnati Bengals
3@ Minnesota Vikings
4vs Cleveland Browns
5vs Pittsburgh Steelers
6@ Green Bay Packers
7vs Oakland Raiders
8@ Baltimore Ravens
9vs Chicago Bears
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12@ Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Denver Broncos
14@ Kansas City Chiefs
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ Oakland Raiders
17@ Denver Broncos