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|Despite missing three full games and most of another game, Gates still managed to finish 2011 as the 7th ranked fantasy tight end and 4th in average FPts/G with 11.7. While Gates’ fantasy prospects may be dimming somewhat due to his inability to stay healthy, he remains a hugely productive player when healthy. Safeties and linebackers struggle to get around Gates’ large frame, as evidenced by his completion percentage of 74.5% over the past two seasons. That ability also makes him a red zone demon with 74 touchdown receptions in 117 games over the last eight seasons. At 32 years of age, his skill set remains strong although he has lost some of his speed. With nine full games lost to injury over the past two seasons, the issue is clearly whether Gates will remain healthy and how many games he will play. Even if you forecast in a couple of missed games, Gates remains a top five fantasy tight end who could be the third player taken at his position.
|Gates wants to stay in San Diego -- Tue Feb 2 7:00 am --|
Chargers TEs set to be free agents
|Antonio Gates spent all 13 years of his NFL career in San Diego. It would be a major upset if there isn't a 14th.
The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn't ready for retirement yet.
"This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I'd love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we're going to fight despite whatever we're going through. We'll see how it goes." (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Gates and Ladarius Green will be unrestricted free agents if they are not re-signed by March 9. Gates was suspended the first four games of 2015 and posted his lowest output since 2003. If's he's back with the Chargers he'll be on the low-end TE1 radar in fantasy drafts this Summer.
| Gates listed as probable for Sunday -- Fri Nov 20 3:30 pm --|
With nagging knee injury
|It looks like the San Diego Chargers will have tight end Antonio Gates and guard Orlando Franklin in the lineup when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Both are listed as probable to play this week with knee injuries. (The Score)|
FF Today's Take: Gates has been known to play through injuries, so don't expect a sore knee to hinder his performance this week. The aging veteran is still putting up respectable numbers, and is a mid to high TE1 this week against the Chiefs.