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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for his violation of the performance enhancing drug policy. Ladarius Green will start while he is out.

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. The main concern heading into 2015 is that Gates has been suspended for the first four games, which will give Ladarius Green a chance to show his stuff and possibly claim a permanent role as a starter. Gates will still have a role from Week Five on since he is still one of the top five receivers on the team; but the role could be significantly smaller than it was last season. (July 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 13, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 23, 23
TE Redraft PPR - 14, 9, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 23, 23
TE Dynasty - 24, 14, 25, 28, 29, 35

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 11 46 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 12 49 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 12 52 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 12 43 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 133
TE: 15
Overall-PPR: 135
TE-PPR: 15

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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