Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
5 days 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 weeks 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)
4 weeks 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)
1 month 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)
1 month 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)
1 month 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.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
1 month ago

With teammate Hunter Henry (knee) ruled out, Gates figures to be the Chargers' clear top option at tight end Sunday against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Gates and Henry have formed quite the duo at tight end for San Diego this season, but the rookie's absence Sunday figures to allow the veteran to reassume the bulk of his team's workload. With 19 targets and a touchdown over the past two weeks, Gates enters Sunday's contest on the back of an encouraging recent stretch.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
1 month ago

Gates caught four of his nine targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Gates has yet to top 40 receiving yards this season, but he continues to see plenty of targets in the red zone which he's converted into three touchdowns through six games. Gates could see more time on the field if Hunter Henry, who left Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury only to return at clearly less than 100 percent, is sidelined for an extended time. While that doesn't appear to be a likely scenario, the Chargers health concerns this year might prompt the organization to sit their 2016 second-round pick rather than risk a more serious injury in the future. Either way, Gates' fantasy owners should feel comfortable starting the veteran tight end next week with a solid matchup against the Titans on tap.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago

Gates caught five of his 10 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Gates was relegated to a de-facto check down machine as the Chargers fell behind early in the second quarter. As a result, the tight end picked up a whopping 10 targets, tied for the most on the team Sunday, but Gates was unable to do much with them as the Falcons defense clamped down. While Gates saw just 38 snaps compared to Hunter Henry's 47, the 36-year-old still has the attention of Rivers and that alone provides some fantasy value, but likely not enough for owners to use Gates on a consistent basis.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
2 months ago

Gates (hamstring) was not listed on the Chargers' injury report Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Despite suggesting that he was playing at less than 100 percent the veteran tight end was full go in practice Wednesday, likely confirming his availability for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Even though Gates registered just 31 snaps during the Chargers' Thursday night victory over the Broncos, compared to Hunter Henry's 45, the 36-year-old did see six targets and will likely continue to command attention from QB Philip Rivers, particularly in the red zone. While he might not be the most fantasy-friendly TE on the Chargers roster, Gates still has some fantasy value, particularly in deeper leagues.