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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Gates showed signs of fantasy life as he is playing through his hamstring injury. This week he draws a Broncos team that always has trouble covering the tight end, and he should be healthier than he was when Hunter Henry outproduced him against them two weeks ago.

Week 8: at Denver Broncos

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers had a modest day passing the football two weeks ago, when Denver rolled into San Diego - 18/29 for 178 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -12 yards. Hunter Henry led the team in receiving that day with eight targets for 6/83/1 receiving, followed by Tyrell Williams (three for 3/28/0) and Travis Benjamin five for (3/17/0). Unfortunately, this week Henry is in the concussion protocols and looks iffy to play on Sunday - look for Antonio Gates to pick up the slack while Henry gets his head right again. It was bombs away for Rivers in Atlanta last weekend, 27/44 for 371 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -23 yards. Tyrell Williams (10 targets for 7/140/0 receiving) and Antonio Gates (10 for 5/38/0) were the most heavily-targeted players by Rivers last week, with six for 3/58/0 flowing to Dontrelle Inman and five for 4/54/0 going to Travis Benjamin - Melvin Gordon had seven targets for 6/53/1 to claim the lone TD - Henry managed three for 1/16/0 before his injury. So far this year the Broncos are the number one pass defense in the land with 175.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given out vs. five interceptions (tied for 14th in the NFL) and 22 sacks (first in the NFL) generated. From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Denver has averaged 12.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 6.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (least in the NFL); with 7.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-most). At Mile High Stadium, this is a very tough matchup for Rivers and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at OAK 18 4 30 1 1 8
6 vs DEN 31 2 16 0 0 1.6
7 at ATL 38 5 38 0 0 3.8
8 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
8 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
8 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs ATL (10 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Despite converting a game-saving fourth down reception with under two minutes left in regulation, Gates actually had a very poor performance. Nearly all of his receptions were short grabs over the middle, but he made two costly mistakes in this game that nearly cost the Chargers the game. The first was a miscommunication on a deep fade in the end zone where he never turned around for the ball. It could have easily been intercepted had the defender been looking for the ball, as Gates had no idea at all where it was. There has been a shockingly high number of plays this season with miscommunication between Rivers and Gates, who are almost always on the same page. At the end of regulation, Gates was targeted on a bullet pass at the goal line for what would have been the likely game-winning touchdown. He allowed the pass to bounce off his hands, however, and San Diego had to settle for a field goal (he had earlier dropped a potential third down conversion in the first half, showing a surprising propensity to drop passes). The aforementioned fourth down conversion should be noted, however, as the Chargers faced a must-convert fourth and 2 scenario with two minutes left in the game. The big tight end converted over the middle with a quick slant to keep the drive alive. Also noteworthy is that rookie tight end Hunter Henry, who has really been impressive thus far, appeared to get injured late in the game. There were no immediate reports on his condition afterward, but if he were to miss any time, Gates would likely be the obvious beneficiary of the extra targets.

2016 Week 6 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Gates had a tough evening. He dropped a short pass over the middle on San Diego's first offensive play of the game. And while he did convert two other third down conversions in the first half, he dropped another just before the half. It would have been a tough grab and the ball was thrown a little bit away from him, but those are catches he normally makes. In the second half, Gates and Rivers were uncharacteristically not on the same page on a couple of passes where the ball wasn't thrown where the target was supposed to be. I a bit of an ominous sign for Gates owners, rookie Hunter Henry turned in another excellent performance. It's relatively early in the season, but Gates doesn't appear to be the go-to guy even amongst the team's tight ends let alone the overall receivers.

2016 Week 5 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)

In his return from injury, Gates rewarded fantasy owners who took the chance on him with a late touchdown. He made a quick slant inside, and benefitted from Tyrell Williams kind of pushing his defender out of the way so he was able to waltz into the end zone for the score. He was the primary option on an earlier touchdown pass that went to impressive rookie Hunter Henry, but with double coverage on him, Philip Rivers checked down to the rookie tight end instead. Aside from that, he kind of shared the tight end receiving workload with the aforementioned Henry. Gates had an early fumble on his first reception with a short grab over the middle before turning and spinning upfield to pick up extra yardage. He carelessly held the ball, however, allowing it to be knocked loose and recovered by the Raiders.

2016 Week 2 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

Gates legs and YAC ability have all but disappeared but it is clear that Rivers still trust him in short yardage situations. He can still be seen as a 3rd down and red zone outlet, but he did not look like a focal point by any means.

2016 Week 1 vs KC (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Gates did not play a major role in the Chargers offense today as he accounted for 3 catches and 20 yards on the day. Gates, now 36, does not play as big a role in the offense as he used to. They will still utilize his size and jumping ability in the red zone, but do not look for the same totals as seasons past.


Latest News

Chargers | Five catches for Antonio Gates (Mon Oct 24, 01:53 AM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates posted a season-high five receptions for 38 yards on 10 targets in the Week 7 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Chargers | Antonio Gates not 100 percent (Tue Oct 18, 12:55 AM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) said Monday, Oct. 17, that he is not 100 percent healthy. 'It's very difficult when you're constantly playing on it,' Gates said. 'This is new for me, to be dealing with a hamstring. So I'm learning a lot about it.'

Our View: It's evident when watching Gates that he's not quite himself. The team could continue to use rookie Hunter Henry more with Gates on the mend.
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