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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Gates had a goose egg in one of the most important weeks of the fantasy season. He didn't even get a target. This week against Tampa, he faces a defense that has allowed tight ends to get loose, but also one that is playing their best football of the year right now. He's a boom/bust play at best, and maybe one to avoid.

Week 13: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Philip Rivers has thrown three TDs in two straight games, and multiple TDs in four of his last four contests - last week he also cut down on interceptions and wound up with 22/30 for 242 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown at Houston (and took home a 'W', 21-13). Unfortunately Tyrell Williams left the game early with a shoulder injury, and he's said to be sore still this week (head coach Mike McCoy said on Tuesday, November 29 'He's good. He's a little sore. He's a little sore when he came down on it.') The Chargers hope Williams can go for Week 13, but fantasy owners will want to monitor his practice participation later in the week as current reports are that Williams' labrum is damaged and the extent of the damage isn't known as of midweek. Williams had 14 targets for 8/70/1 receiving before departing last week - Dontrelle Inman (six for 6/119/1) and Hunter Henry (three for 2/20/1) also snagged TDs from Rivers. If Williams is out this week, Inman and Travis Benjamin (two targets for 1/8/0 receiving last week) would need to pick up the slack. The Buccaneers stopped Seattle 14-5 last week, limiting Russell Wilson to 17/33 for 118 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with six sacks for -33 yards. Tampa now has 27 sacks on the season (10th in the NFL), with nine interceptions (tied for ninth) while averaging 253.5 net passing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL) with 20 passing scores given out to date. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Tampa has averaged 20.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (14th-least in the NFL); and 20.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-least); with 10.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-most). This looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Chargers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
9 vs TEN 66 5 75 1 0 13.5
10 vs MIA 58 4 63 1 0 12.3
12 at HOU 36 0 0 0 0 0
13 vs TB 0 4 37 0 0 3.7
13 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
13 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
13 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gates had caught at least one pass in 77 consecutive games coming into this one, but he didn't even see a target against Houston. In fact, the only time his name was mentioned was on a pass play to Tyrell Williams where Gates couldn't get open. Rookie Hunter Henry managed a score, but neither was heavily involved in the gameplan.

2016 Week 10 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec)

Gates did almost all of his damage (as well as a couple of miscues) prior to halftime. He had two very uncharacteristic drops in the first half, both on passes thrown a little bit away from his body but also passes he almost always brings in. He did follow up the second drop with a nice sideline grab for decent yardage to kind of offset the drop. Even more fortunately for his owners, those two drops bookended some nice production. Rivers hit him with a wide open pass down to the 11-yard line, and followed that up with a touchdown on the next play. He cut in over the middle and made a tough grab in traffic while being hit by two defenders on either side of his body, but still managed to maintain possession.

2016 Week 9 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)

With fellow tight end Hunter Henry out of action in this game, it was little surprise that Gates saw his most extensive work of the season. He looked a bit more spry than usual right at the outset, converting a short third down conversion with surprisingly shifty moves to pick up extra yardage after the catch. He actually could have had more than the 17 he got, but he slipped after the second move to shake a defender. Later on that drive, he scored the 108th touchdown of his career with a quick out to the left (he now sits three behind Tony Gonzalez on the all-time tight end scoring list). He added a couple of deep receptions down the seam where he just sat down in the zone and waited for the Rivers pass. He looked to have pushed off on both of them, but it was so subtle that the official either didn't notice or didn't think it affected the play. But that slight extra space gave him all the room he needed. On his last catch, he caught it at the 5-yard line and spun off tacklers before being twisted down at the 2-yard line. He had earlier been targeted in the end zone, but was well-covered on the play and the ball wasn't really catchable. On a side note, it won't show up in the box score but Gates had the key block on a first half run by Melvin Gordon that went for 43 yards. He's always been an elite receiver, but if Gates' blocking remains impressive, Henry may have a much tougher time getting Gates off the field.

2016 Week 8 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)

Gates had a solid stat line, but only because he managed to get into the end zone early on. He caught a short pass over the middle with a defender right on top of him, but he did a nice job of dragging the defender with him as he lunged over the goal line at the last second for the score. He was later targeted in the end zone again on a corner fade where he appeared to be wide open having beaten his man, but the throw from Rivers was just out of his reach to the back corner. As far as his work outside the red zone, he actually showed a nice "wiggle" to break to the outside in beating his man off the line. The break to the outside picked up a first down as the pass from Rivers was waiting for him when he got there. He also had a huge grab over the middle late in the fourth quarter with a defender all over him. He fought for every inch to pick up a first down, and barely managed to convert. One item to note is that there was another instance of some miscommunication between he and Rivers, which is becoming an almost weekly occurrence between the two (who are typically on the same page in everything they do).

2016 Week 7 vs ATL (10 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

Despite converting a game-saving fourth down reception with under two minutes left in regulation, Gates actually had a very poor performance. Nearly all of his receptions were short grabs over the middle, but he made two costly mistakes in this game that nearly cost the Chargers the game. The first was a miscommunication on a deep fade in the end zone where he never turned around for the ball. It could have easily been intercepted had the defender been looking for the ball, as Gates had no idea at all where it was. There has been a shockingly high number of plays this season with miscommunication between Rivers and Gates, who are almost always on the same page. At the end of regulation, Gates was targeted on a bullet pass at the goal line for what would have been the likely game-winning touchdown. He allowed the pass to bounce off his hands, however, and San Diego had to settle for a field goal (he had earlier dropped a potential third down conversion in the first half, showing a surprising propensity to drop passes). The aforementioned fourth down conversion should be noted, however, as the Chargers faced a must-convert fourth and 2 scenario with two minutes left in the game. The big tight end converted over the middle with a quick slant to keep the drive alive. Also noteworthy is that rookie tight end Hunter Henry, who has really been impressive thus far, appeared to get injured late in the game. There were no immediate reports on his condition afterward, but if he were to miss any time, Gates would likely be the obvious beneficiary of the extra targets.

2016 Week 6 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Gates had a tough evening. He dropped a short pass over the middle on San Diego's first offensive play of the game. And while he did convert two other third down conversions in the first half, he dropped another just before the half. It would have been a tough grab and the ball was thrown a little bit away from him, but those are catches he normally makes. In the second half, Gates and Rivers were uncharacteristically not on the same page on a couple of passes where the ball wasn't thrown where the target was supposed to be. I a bit of an ominous sign for Gates owners, rookie Hunter Henry turned in another excellent performance. It's relatively early in the season, but Gates doesn't appear to be the go-to guy even amongst the team's tight ends let alone the overall receivers.

2016 Week 5 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)

In his return from injury, Gates rewarded fantasy owners who took the chance on him with a late touchdown. He made a quick slant inside, and benefitted from Tyrell Williams kind of pushing his defender out of the way so he was able to waltz into the end zone for the score. He was the primary option on an earlier touchdown pass that went to impressive rookie Hunter Henry, but with double coverage on him, Philip Rivers checked down to the rookie tight end instead. Aside from that, he kind of shared the tight end receiving workload with the aforementioned Henry. Gates had an early fumble on his first reception with a short grab over the middle before turning and spinning upfield to pick up extra yardage. He carelessly held the ball, however, allowing it to be knocked loose and recovered by the Raiders.

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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Chargers | Antonio Gates has no targets (Mon Nov 28, 12:20 AM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates did not have any catches and he was not even targeted in the Week 12 game against the Houston Texans, snapping his 77-game streak with at least one reception.

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Schedule

13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Cleveland Browns
17vs Kansas City Chiefs