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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 has been a top three fantasy tight end for the majority of his 11-year career, but those days appear to be over. While he's still been a worthwhile fantasy starter over the past three years, he's been at the bottom end of that range, and will likely slip into fantasy backup territory this season. While Gates is still among the Chargers' best receivers, and will therefore be on the field for the huge majority of the team's offensive snaps, he no longer accelerates out of his cuts the way he used to -- back when he routinely beat double-teams and was nearly automatic around the goal line. In fact, the Chargers' backup tight end, Ladarius Green, was more of a big-play threat than Gates was last season, and he should continue to improve while Gates, heading in the opposite direction, continues to slow with age. (Green was also the more effective run-blocker last season.) The point is that Gates is no longer the focal point of the passing game, as younger players like Keenan Allen and Ladarius Green are coming into their own, and Gates is therefore likely to be fantasy backup material from here on out. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 18, 11, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 20, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27
TE Redraft PPR - 19, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28
TE Dynasty - 25, 22, 24, 27, 30, 32

Stats and Projections

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2011 SD 13 64 778 7
2012 SD 15 49 538 7
2013 SD 16 77 872 4
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 48 * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 62 * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 58 * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 53 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 146
TE: 15
Overall-PPR: 143
TE-PPR: 16

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6@ Oakland Raiders
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