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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Philip Rivers had a bit of a choppy game and wasn't that comfortable, so most of the passing game had a down day. Gates is still one of the more reliable TE options you're going to find in fantasy leagues this year.

Week 12: vs St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Philip Rivers came out of the bye modestly against the Raiders, pitching a 'W' but only compiling 22/34 for 193 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions against Oakland. The team was working to get Ryan Mathews back up to speed, so they had a balanced attack with 34 pass attempts and 32 rushes during the game. Rivers threw the TD to Malcom Floyd (six for 4/44/1) and also hit Keenan Allen regularly (13 targets for 8/63/0). Antonio Gates was peripherally involved with three targets for 3/32/0 to finish third among Chargers' receivers last week. Though it was good enough for a 'W' in the league, the performance was lack-luster from a fantasy standpoint. The Rams' pass D held Peyton Manning to one TD pass last week (the first time all year he's only thrown one score), while he also threw two costly interceptions (34/54 for 369 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -20 yards). Two weeks ago, it was Arizona with only one TD pass (28/41 for 307 net yards passing, one TD and one interception generated by St. Louis). As you can see, the Rams aren't shutting down opposing passers, but they are getting pass pressure to bear and converting some turnovers into upset victories. To date, the Rams rank 19th in the NFL averaging 247.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores offset by six interceptions and 19 sacks generated (23rd in the NFL in both the latter categories). Rivers has a good matchup here, but he'll need to be careful with the ball as the Rams are angling for turnovers of late in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
8 at DEN 5 54 2 0
9 at MIA 3 28 0 0
11 vs OAK 3 32 0 0
12 vs STL 2 14 0 0
12 vs STL PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
12 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
12 vs STL PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Gates has been a stud for most of the season, but the entire passing game was out of sync in this game. More importantly, he appears to be no worse for wear after an injury scare in the second half. He was having his right ankle looked at and was walking around pretty gingerly on the sideline, seemingly done for the day. But he came back in despite San Diego trailing 37-0 and even made a reception, so whatever it was must not have been too serious.

2014 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Gates was quiet for about 90% of the game, but he rose to the occasion when the moment caleld for it. Facing a 3rd and 3 late in the game and the Chargers trying to run out the clock, Rivers targeted a double-covered Gates down the field. First he had the wherewithall to deflect the ball away from the first defender. Then after deflecting it up in the air, he managed to maintain his concentration enough to get his hands back on the ball and wrestle it away from the other defender as well. It was an enormous catch to convert the first down and keep the chains moving, enabling the Chargers to run the clock way down.

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Schedule

12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs