TE Antonio Gates - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 260||Born: 6-18-1980||College: Kent State||Drafted: ---|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Antonio Gates's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs NE (8 / 5 / 41 / 1 rec)
Antonio Gates scored a touchdown on a red zone corner route late against the New England Patriots in a game that could be his last. Gates was targeted as a safety blanket for Rivers during the game but was held in check outside of his touchdown. Gates has diminished physically but remains a trusted target for Philip Rivers.
2018 Week 18 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Antonio Gates had a three of his four catches for third down conversions against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Gates is a limited player physically at this point in his career, but still has a good rapport with Philip Rivers, especially in critical times. Gates will face New England next Sunday.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gates was the target of Rivers' second interception of the game, as the defender jumped in front of the route to easily pick it off. Aside from that, however, Gates was not a factor and didn't record a reception in the game.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Gates had a couple of missed opportunities, and his miscue late in the fourth quarter was the death knell for the Chargers. He was targeted over the middle on a first half pass that would have put the ball just inside the 10-yard line. But despite being open, the throw was rushed a bit and the pass sailed high over his head. In the second half, he added two grabs - he was tripped up right away on one catch, and then picked up a first down on the very next play but was again taken down right away before he could get anything after the catch. Late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers driving for the potential game-winning score, Gates caught a pass and was fighting for extra yardage. Just before his knee touched down, a defender punched the ball loose and it was run back the other way for a Ravens touchdown to essentially end the game.
2018 Week 15 vs KC (5 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
With Rivers' favorite target Keenan Allen out of the game early, someone on the offense needed to step in and perform as his security blanket. Gates was up to the task, turning in his second-best receiving totals of the season. His first grab went for 22 and converted the team's first down of the game when he shook his defender deep down the field and got open with a nice cutback. Gates showed his vintage step-back cut in the second half on a short reception over the middle. With the defender right next to him, Gates turned back the clock with a hard cut back, then took off up the field for nice yardage after the catch.
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Gates had two short receptions, both coming in the first half. The first was on a crossing route where Rivers had loads of time to wait for him to break open, and the second was a 9-yard gain over the middle from the shadow of their own end zone to give the team a bit of breathing room. After playing a somewhat prominent red zone role in recent weeks, he didn't see any looks near the end zone this time out.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gates' first target of the game didn't come until late in the third quarter. It was a huge reception at the time, converting a critical third and 4 when Rivers found him wide open across the field for a big gain. But the play was negated by a holding penalty. He did get into the scoring column late in the third quarter when he hauled in the two point conversion attempt from Rivers following a Keenan Allen touchdown. Gates went straight to the corner while Rivers perfectly floated it over the defender to convert the conversion and cut it to an 8-point game. So Gates managed positive fantasy production despite not recording a single reception in the game.
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
After a red-hot Week 11 performance, Gates saw just a single target against Arizona. The Chargers passing game dominated this week, but Gates' only involvement was breaking a tackle on a hitch route for a rare yards-after-catch opportunity. Secondary tight end Sean Culkin made the highlight play of the Chargers' tight ends against the Cardinals with a high-point catch down the sideline.
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 80 / 1 rec)
Gates showed he still has something left in the tank, turning in by far his best game of the 2018 season. He showed off his soft hands on an early out route, going low to snag a 14-yard pass off the turf on third and 10 to convert a first down. Later in the first half, he again bailed out Rivers with a 26-yard catch-and-run over the middle. He even added a strong stiff-arm to pick up a few more yards after the fact. Early in the second half with the Chargers near the goal line, Gates got open in the right corner after beating his man off the line, but the pass from Rivers was underthrown and hit the defender's backside. A few plays later, however, Gates again got open 1-on-1 up the left side. This time, Rivers put the ball high and where only Gates could get to it, and he did just that. Late in the fourth quarter with the Chargers trying to run out the clock and facing a third down, Rivers floated a long pass to the sideline to Gates. The veteran tight end juggled it on his fingertips for a few moments, eventually securing the pass and going to the ground inbounds. At the time, it appeared that it was going to be the play that broke Denver's backs, but a culmination of events conspired to cost the Chargers the victory despite the heroics by Gates.
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Gates is not a fantasy option at this point, and hasn't been all season. The team still makes it a point to target him in the red zone, as they did today on a third down pass play. Defenders were all over him, however, and it was knocked away for an incompletion at the last moment. Gates did get open on a crossing route over the middle for an 18-yard gain to beat a blitz, but that was the extent of his damage.
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gates' usage remains sporadic. He saw just one target in the passing game, and was the option on the two point conversion attempt early on. But there appeared to be some miscommunication, as Gates turned one way and the ball went the opposite direction.
2018 Week 7 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Gates was the target of an end zone fade pass early on, but he and Rivers weren't on the same page. It didn't really seem like a catchable ball anyway. His slow start lasted all game, as Gates finally grabbed a short pass late in the fourth quarter on third and long, but came up well short of the first down marker.
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gates had just one short reception in the game early in the contest, as the Chargers opted to use the run game for the majority of the afternoon. In fact, Gates saw just two total targets in the game.
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Gates had just two grabs in the game, one of which went for 16 yards to convert a key third down and long play. He also drew a penalty late in the game when he was seen mixing it up with an Oakland defender at the end of a play.
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
The big tight end had his best game of the season, and was the clear go-to guy at the tight end spot ahead of Virgil Green. He got open near the sideline on a long first half reception that went for 27 yards. He withstood a big hit from the defender and shook it off as if it was a minor nuisance, before rumbling downfield after the catch to turn a decent gain into a big pickup. He showed excellent hands in the second half by snagging a low throw from Rivers over the middle, shielding the defender with his body and then working up the field for a 14-yard gain. And again he showed nice hands on a third down pass play from Rivers where he was hit in stride. He was targeted in the end zone, but the pass was thrown too high over his head to make a play on it. Gates won't return to his glory days anytime soon, but he showed in this game that he can still be a factor at times.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gates was used sparingly, and only had one chance at an impact play. He was targeted on a third down pass play near the goal line, but Philip Rivers sailed the pass too far over his head for an incompletion, and the coverage was solid anyway. Gates had earlier lined up split out wide on a goal line situation, but Rivers opted to pass to Melvin Gordon instead, who converted for the touchdown.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Gates didn't see the field until the middle of the first quarter. His first catch wasn't even an official reception, as he snagged a two point conversion in the second half to pull the Chargers closer. His first official catch didn't come until there were about eight minutes left in the game, and the second one came right after it. His involvement was minimal after not taking part in any preseason action, but he should see more work in the coming weeks.
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