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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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Antonio Gates was inactive for Week 3 due to a hamstring injury.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Gates (hamstring injury) was listed as doubtful to play on Friday's injury report, didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Gates was sidelined by a hamstring injury that should keep him out for at least another week. He usually plays through minor nicks and bumps, so this is a bad sign for the severity of this injury. He's not an essential hold in short bench leagues.

General News (Wed Sep 28): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Sep 27): "wasn't close" to playing in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts and is likely to miss Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, according to Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Week 4: vs New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Chargers were out-scored by the Colts, but Philip Rivers threw for 330 yards in the game (26/39 for 330 yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions). In the absence of Antonio Gates (hamstring injury, reportedly wasn't 'close to starting', expected to miss at least one more game), Hunter Henry stated his case to take over the lead tight end position, with five targets for 5/76/0 receiving, and Travis Benjamin remained the lead wide receiver with seven targets for 4/82/0 receiving. Tyrell Williams had the most targets in the game, with nine for 6/69/0 receiving. The Chargers' passing attack is not the team's problem area, friends. The Saints defense is officially a dumpster fire again as of Week Four - they gave up 45 points to the Falcons last week, with five offensive TDs allowed (20/30 for 225 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards). So far this year the Saints average 299.0 net yards passing allowed per game, with three passing scores handed out vs. zero interceptions (worst in the NFL) and just four sacks generated. Over the first three weeks of the season, New Orleans has averaged 20.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (16th in the NFL); and 25.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-most in the NFL); with 2.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-least). There was 661 yards passing between the Chargers and the Colts' quarterbacks in last week's game, and this matchup may exceed that total. This is a great matchup for Rivers and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at KC 48 3 20 0 0 2
2 vs JAX 36 3 15 1 0 7.5
4 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * * *
4 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Latest News

Chargers | Antonio Gates does not practice (Wed Sep 28, 05:06 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Our View: It looks like Hunter Henry could be the primary TE for the Chargers again this week. Gates may not be able to practice all week.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates likely to miss Week 4 (Mon Sep 26, 01:50 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) 'wasn't close' to playing in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts and is likely to miss Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, according to Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Our View: Without Gates on the field, the team will turn to rookie Hunter Henry again. In Week 3 against the Colts, Henry hauled in five passes for 76 yards.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates not playing (Sun Sep 25, 04:15 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) has been declared inactive for Week 3.

Our View: Gates injury could be a mutli-week issue with his never seeming close to playing this week. He has played through these kinds of injuries in the past, so this is not a minor hamstring injury. If you were relying on Gates at tight end, you'll need to make other plans for the foreseeable future.
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Chargers | Week 3 Inactives (Sun Sep 25, 03:12 PM) - The San Diego Chargers have declared TE Antonio Gates, SS Jahleel Addae, DL Joey Bosa, LB Joshua Perry, OT King Dunlap, C Max Tuerk, DL Ryan Carrethers inactive for Week 3.

Our View: Rookie Hunter Henry will get the start with Gates out. Philip Rivers has lost his top receiving back, wide receiver, and tight end this year going into this matchup with the weak Colts defense.

Chargers | Asante Cleveland promoted (Sat Sep 24, 02:21 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Asante Cleveland was signed off the practice squad Saturday, Sept. 24, further signaling that Antonio Gates (hamstring) will likely not play in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Get ready for Hunter Henry as the lead TE for the Chargers. Henry makes for a nice 'throw a dart' TE if you're desperate at the position. The rookie also makes for a sneaky DFS play due to his low cost.
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Schedule

4vs New Orleans Saints
5@ Oakland Raiders
6vs Denver Broncos
7@ Atlanta Falcons
8@ Denver Broncos
9vs Tennessee Titans
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Houston Texans
13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Cleveland Browns
17vs Kansas City Chiefs