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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): It was Eddie Royal's turn for the big game, along with Keenan Allen. Gates is not a must-start weekly despite his three-score game two weeks ago. The Jets should be a good matchup for him in Week 5, so if Gates comes up short again, we might relegate him to bye/injury/emergency material.

Week 5: vs New York Jets

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 at ARI 6 81 0 0
2 vs SEA 7 96 3 0
3 at BUF 1 8 0 0
4 vs JAX 3 30 0 0
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (7 / 7 / 96 / 3 rec)

Gates was targeted early and often, and was Philip Rivers security blanket when things broke down in the pocket. Gates faced heavy coverage throughout, but was able to take advantage of the linebackers guarding him, winning the one-on-one battle again and again. On all three TD catches, he was facing man coverage, but Rivers' timing of the pass was impeccable. At the moment Gates broke free, the ball would seemingly appear at that exact moment. The third score was the most memorable, as Gates reached out and brought in the ball one-handed. And after that, Gates was responsible for a key third down conversion to put the game away. Is the real Antonio Gates back? Hard to say, but for one game at least, he was absolutely dominant.

2014 Week 3 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Gates only had one catch on his lone target as he picked up eight yards on a shallow crosser in the middle of field. Not much to the play, Gates easily got inside the coverage but wasn't able to create any separation once the catch was made.

2014 Week 4 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Since his monster game two weeks ago against Seattle put him squarely back on the fantasy map, Gates has followed up with two very quiet performances. In this game, he got open a few times on short passes over the middle. But he wasn't breaking anything beyond the second level of the defense, and showed virtually nothing after the catch. He was targeted once in the end zone and seemingly had a defender draped all over him, but did not draw the flag from officials.

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Latest News

Chargers | Antonio Gates will dress (Sun Sep 28, 02:53 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for the team's Week 4 game.

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Chargers | Ladarius Green's role expanding? (Sat Sep 27, 09:00 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring) has been targeted seven times this season, and five of those targets came in Week 3. Meanwhile, TE Antonio Gates saw just one target in Week 3 after being targeted a combined 17 times in the team's first two games.

Our View: Perhaps it is, but this week with Green questionable and trending down in practice participation, it might be best to bench him.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates practices fully (Thu Sep 25, 05:21 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday, Sept. 25.

Our View: Gates should be good to go, though he and Ladarius Green can steal each other's looks. We have them both as a borderline TE1/TE2 play this week though sometimes Philip Rivers will lock on one and ignore the other, so there is risk.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates practices in full (Wed Sep 24, 05:03 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Our View: Gates let his fantasy owners down last week. He should be in for a bounce-back week against the Jaguars in Week 4.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates held to one grab (Sun Sep 21, 09:39 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) was able to play in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, but he was limited to just one reception for eight yards.

Our View: The fantasy gods and Chargers offense are having fun with us. Just when it seemed like Gates was getting back to his elite production, he is a minimal part of the offense and third-year TE Ladarius Green plays a larger role.
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Schedule

5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs