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TE Antonio Gates - Los Angeles Chargers

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

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Gates snaps will likely go down this year, but his targets could stay mostly intact, as he'll be on the field for passing down and red zone situations to use his receiving ability and chemistry with Philip Rivers. That makes him a fine best ball pick as a third tight end to add weekly ceiling to a lackluster duo, or even a second tight end to fill in a bye and provide injury insurance for a safe top TE1 like Travis Kelce or Greg Olsen.

Summary

The Chargers stalwart will be 37 years-old when the season begins, but it still may not be wise to completely write off his fantasy potential as a low-end starter. 2016 was Gates' 11th year with at least 7 touchdowns and he actually out-produced rookie Hunter Henry down the stretch. The Chargers used two-tight end sets to give Henry premium opportunities and the rookie took advantage. This year, Henry will need to improve his blocking if he wants to take over for Gates long-term. Most believe the changing of the guard from Gates to Henry will be this year, which will make Gates a late-round option with top-12 potential at the position despite the fact that he's old and splitting time. (August 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 21, 17, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 21, 21, 22, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 30, 31
TE Redraft PPR - 21, 18, 18, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31
TE Dynasty - 41, 35, 41, 44, 44, 46, 49

Stats and Projections

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2014 SD 16 69 821 12
2015 SD 11 56 630 5
2016 SD 14 53 548 7
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 38 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 43 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 15 42 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 41 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 177
TE: 21
Overall-PPR: 202
TE-PPR: 26

Los Angeles Chargers Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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Latest News

Chargers | Cardale Jones impressing Antonio Gates (Thu Aug 10, 10:17 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Cardale Jones has 'special ability,' according to tight end Antonio Gates. 'The ceiling is unlimited for him,' Gates said.

Our View: Jones was acquired for a song and this preseason could get him on track to be developed as Philip Rivers eventual replacement. Head coach Anthony Lynn knows Jones from their time together in Buffalo, which is a potential good sign and endorsement.
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2017 Schedule

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2vs Miami Dolphins
3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ New York Giants
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Denver Broncos
8@ New England Patriots
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12@ Dallas Cowboys
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