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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.
|Hunter Henry trending upward -- Thu Sep 22 5:45 pm --|
HC: "I think he can do it all"
|Mike McCoy: Hunter Henry "had another great one-handed grab in practice today." Has impressed as blocker, but "I think Hunter can do it all." (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: And yet, the rookie has one catch for 20 yards on two targets despite playing 69 offensive snaps through two weeks. Henry may become a popular streamer selection if Antonio Gates is ruled out or limited in any way against the Colts, but he is a longshot to realize much fantasy value in Week 3 as he'll still have to fight Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Melvin Gordon and possibly even Dexter McCluster for targets.
| Keenan Allen out for season -- Mon Sep 12 6:10 pm --|
Suffered torn ACL, minor cartilage damage in Week 1 loss
|Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed that receiver Keenan Allen suffered an ACL tear in his right knee and is done for the year after the team received results from an MRI on Monday.
The Chargers will place Allen on injured reserve, and use his vacant roster spot to activate rookie defensive end Joey Bosa from the exempt list.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Allen also suffered some minor cartilage damage in addition to the ACL tear. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Less than one year after suffering a lacerated kidney, Allen is getting hit with another major injury. While Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead should be locked into their respective TE1 and high-end RB2 designations in PPR leagues with the likely bump in volume they are about to receive, San Diego will also expand Travis Benjamin's role. The Chargers also love Tyrell Williams, and he could be the one that ends up replacing Allen as a starter. Williams is worth a speculative add in all leagues.