Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
3 weeks ago

Gates caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Gates' 111 touchdown catch was a historic one, as the veteran is now tied with Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in the history of the NFL. While the 36-year-old has suggested he will be back for his 15th season, it's clear Gates is beginning to succumb to Father Time as he limped his way to 548 receiving yards, his lowest mark since the 2012 season. However Gates still possesses an innate chemistry with Philip Rivers, particularly in the red zone, which has kept the veteran fantasy relevant despite an obvious decline in athleticism. With rookie tight end Hunter Henry flashing signs of brilliance it seems like only a matter of time until Gates is surpassed on the depth chart, but that doesn't necessarily mean the ageless wonder will fade off into obscurity. Perhaps more damaging to his fantasy value could be a full-scale coaching change, as the Chargers' fired head coach Mike McCoy Sunday, kicking off what is expected to be a litany of moves to the coaching staff. While the Chargers' have benefited from a productive two-tight end offense throughout much of Gates' twilight years, a scheme change could be in the cards with a new head coach and thus may put Gates in an uncomfortable position -- behind his younger counterpart on the pecking chain.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
4 weeks ago

Gates caught eight passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to the Browns.

EDGE Analysis

One week after being held to just a single catch, Gates exploded against the Browns, factoring in plenty throughout the game. With Hunter Henry hampered by a variety of injuries, Gates saw a team-high 13 targets and converted that into season-high marks in catches and yards. Despite the solid performance Saturday, the 36-year-old is on track to post career-lows in targets, receptions and receiving yards in what could very well be his last year in the NFL.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
1 month ago

Gates was held in check Sunday, catching one pass for 11 yards in the loss to the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

Despite recording over 60 yards of receiving yards last week, Gates was hardly targeted against what was supposed to be a beatable Raiders secondary. While he did see 35 snaps, six more than his rookie counterpart Hunter Henry, Gates was forced to chip block the Raiders disruptive defensive line, limiting his explosive potential. The 36-year-old should have a better performance if he can shaky off the frigid temperatures when the Chargers travel to face the Browns next week.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
1 month ago

Gates caught five of his nine targets for 61 yards in the loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Gates saw more than five targets for the first time since Week 10 as the Chargers were forced to rally from behind throughout much of the game. While the veteran tight end vastly out produced his rookie counterpart Hunter Henry, the two remained near even in snap counts, as Gates recorded 37 compared to Henry's 35. This isn't surprising given the Chargers' propensity to employ two-tight end sets, but it's interesting to note that Gates has received 13 targets in the last two weeks as opposed to Henry's six. That being said, it's been Henry who has seen the targets near the goal line, as the rookie tight end caught a touchdown Sunday, the third time he's found pay dirt in the last four weeks. With Melvin Gordon (hip) potentially out for an extended absence, the Chargers may be forced to throw the ball more in the red zone, making both Gates and Henry attractive options for fantasy purposes, as each should see plenty of looks against the Raiders next week.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago

Gates caught all four of his targets for 37 yards in the loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Once again Gates was an afterthought on offense, seeing just four targets on the afternoon. While he did receive more attention than rookie tight end Hunter Henry, who saw just one target, the lack of looks has been a troubling trend ever since the team's Week 11 bye. With solid matchups against the Panthers and Raiders still on the schedule, anxious fantasy owners shouldn't cut bait just yet, but it may be best to wait to use Gates until he regains his rhythm within the offense.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago3 Comments

Gates did not record a single target in Sunday's win over the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

For awhile Hunter Henry appeared to be the tight end to own in San Diego, as the rookie had put together a span of three straight weeks where he caught a touchdown. Lately, however it looked like Gates was gaining momentum, as the 36-year-old had put together his own three touchdown streak, recording scores in Weeks 8-10. Now the mantle looks to have been passed back to Henry, who saw three targets Sunday compared to Gates' zero. As a result, both tight ends likely deserve a roster spot in standard leagues, but it seems to be anyone's guess as to who will go off in a given week.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago

Gates caught four of his nine targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Gates continues to be a touchdown machine as the ageless veteran has now scored in each of the last three games. Even with Hunter Henry available Sunday, Gates still saw a heavy chunk of the targets, outpacing his younger counterpart nine to two. With the touchdown catch, Gates now pulls within two touchdowns of Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago

Gates (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Gates was expected to play this week, and after practicing fully on Thursday it seems like everything is a go for the 36-year-old. While Hunter Henry's status remains a mystery heading into Sunday as he's been a limited participant in both practices this week, Gates should still see a plethora of targets Sunday regardless if Henry is able to play. However if Henry is held out, don't be surprised if Gates puts together similar numbers to last week, in which he caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago

Gates (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The same applies to fellow TE Hunter Henry, though given that he was inactive this past weekend, he seems like less of a lock to play Sunday against the Dolphins than Gates, who is coming off a 5/75/1 effort in Week 9.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago2 Comments

Gates caught five of nine targets for 75 yards and a score in Sunday's win over Tennessee.

EDGE Analysis

Gates got San Diego on the board early with a 13-yard score on a quick little flag route. Gates was hampered by a hamstring injury early in the season and appeared to be losing his hold on the starting job to rookie Hunter Henry. He's proven that his chemistry with Phillip Rivers reigns supreme with or without Henry, who was out Sunday, in the lineup. Since returning from a two-game absence in Week 5, Gates has caught at least four passes in four of five games with three touchdowns.