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Antonio Gates caught two passes for 23 yards in San Diego's Week 15 win over the Broncos.

Gates' catches were his only two looks on a night where the Bolts dialed up only 19 pass attempts. Both of Gates' grabs moved the chains on third down, but the veteran tight end has now cleared 6.2 fantasy points just once in his past nine games. Owners need to do better for the final week of the fantasy playoffs in Week 16.

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Antonio Gates caught 4-of-6 targets for 50 yards in the Chargers' Week 14 win over the Giants.

Ladarius Green only saw one target and finished without a catch, so it wasn't as if another tight end was draining Gates' production. Philip Rivers simply spread the ball around, with Gates leading the team in targets and no Chargers pass catcher exceeding 59 yards. Gates will continue to be a low-end TE1 when San Diego takes on Denver in a potential Week 15 shootout.

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Playing through a hamstring injury, Antonio Gates caught five passes for 41 yards in San Diego's Week 13 loss to the Bengals, also losing a fumble.

Gates lost another fumble, but it went down as a Philip Rivers interception because the ball never hit the ground. It was another dud of an afternoon for a player who hasn't posted more than 62 yards since Week 5. Gates is on pace for a solid 85/968/5 line, but that's largely due to the work he did in September. He's on the TE1 borderline for the fantasy playoffs.

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Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Week 13 against the Bengals.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gates "doesn't know how long he can go." He's a dicey TE1 for Week 13, and best left benched if you have a viable alternative. Inactive for the Chargers are LT King Dunlap, WR Eddie Royal, OLB Jarrett Johnson, SS Brandon Taylor, NT Kwame Geathers, OT Willie Smith and QB Brad Sorenson.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday Countdown that Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) "doesn't know how long he can go" in Sunday's late-afternoon game against Cincinnati.

Gates practiced fully on Friday and the probable tag suggests he's a virtual lock to be active, but the hamstring is clearly still bothering him. If Gates can't make it through a full game, Ladarius Green could be set up for a heavy increase in snaps. Green presents obvious Week 13 fantasy risk, but owners desperate at tight end can at least give him streamer consideration.

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Antonio Gates says his hamstring injury is "tricky" and added that if he had to play on Friday he's "not sure" he could.

The good news is Gates doesn't have to play until Sunday. "It's one of those injuries where you can't fully grasp whether or not you can do something because it's all running. Everything is based off running and power and holding off people on blocks, and the hamstring is a big part of that," Gates explained. "I'll see how it goes. I'm going to attack this rehab. I've got two more days." It's quite possible Gates will be limited this week against the Bengals. Downgrade him to a high-end TE2, while Ladarius Green gets a bump for Week 13.

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Antonio Gates (hamstring) returned to Chargers practice Friday.

Beat writer Michael Gehlken confirms Gates is "fully expected to start Sunday," despite missing Wednesday and Thursday's sessions. Gates will be a low-end TE1 against a Cincinnati defense that has defended tight ends well this year.

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Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained out of Chargers practice Thursday.

It's always a concern when a player misses two straight practices, but coach Mike McCoy has hinted Gates' absences are more for rest than anything else. We still expect Gates to be active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, where he'll be a borderline TE1.

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Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

It's a new injury for Gates, but coach Mike McCoy said Gates missed practice more for rest purposes. He shouldn't be in any danger of missing this week's game against the Bengals. If for some reason Gates were to sit, Ladarius Green would be an intriguing fantasy play as a borderline TE1/2.

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Antonio Gates caught three passes for just 21 yards in Sunday's Week 12 win at Kansas City.

The Chiefs were clearly focused on Gates, hitting him at the line of scrimmage and using Eric Berry in man coverage a ton. At this point in his career, Gates just can't beat that. He won't lose as many snaps as he should to future star Ladarius Green, but he will lose some. Averaging 4.5 catches for a mere 41.1 yards with one touchdown over the last six games, Gates will be a weak TE1 against the Bengals in Week 13.