QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
17 hours ago

Gates (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

After missing practice both Wednesday and Thursday, Gates logged a limited practice Friday, which suggests he has a good shot to give it a go Sunday. The veteran tight end was on the field for just 11 snaps in Week 2 and has been targeted just three times in two games to date. We suppose that Gates who didn't re-sign with the Chargers until Sept. 2, could conceivably recaptures his previous red-zone chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers, but until he does, he'll remain a fantasy roll of the dice.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
2 days ago

Gates (illness) did not practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

We'll revisit Gates' status Friday, but as long as he's able to practice in any capacity he should be able to suit up Sunday against the Rams. With just two targets through the Chargers' first two games, however, Gates is a speculative fantasy play until he recaptures his previous red-zone chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
3 days ago

Gates (illness) sat out Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Gates should recover in time to suit up Sunday against the Rams, but with just two targets through the Chargers' first two games, the veteran tight end is off the fantasy radar until or unless he recaptures his previous red-zone chemistry with QB Philip Rivers.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
5 days ago

Gates did not catch his only target in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Bills

EDGE Analysis

Gates only played in 11 offensive snaps as the Chargers raced out to a substantial first half lead. The veteran tight end is expected to be used sparingly, but with a difficult matchup against the Rams next week, Gates could find himself on the field more as another receiving option.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
2 weeks ago

Gates caught two of his three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

It almost seemed like a foregone conclusion Gates would be a healthy inactive Week 1 as the veteran tight end registered just three days of practice prior to Sunday's contest, so it was a genuine surprise to see the 38-year-old not only play but participate in 40 percent of the team's snaps against the Chiefs. Part of that, however, was likely predicated on the game script, as the Chargers trailed throughout the majority of the second half thus rendering starting tight end Virgil Green's main strong suit, run blocking, ineffective. Gates proved late last season that he can still post fantasy relevant numbers despite his advanced age, but that fact is almost entirely predicated on the team's willingness to operate with a single tight end on the field. So long as Gates and Green (44 snaps Sunday) continue to split the workload, neither player is worth starting in your fantasy lineup.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
2 weeks ago

Gates is not among the Chargers' Week 1 inactives Sunday against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

The fact that Gates only recently re-joined the Chargers could lead to him being eased into the mix, but even in a potentially limited role in Week 1, the 38-year-old tight end gives QB Philip Rivers a familiar red-zone weapon to look for.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
2 weeks ago

Though Gates has just three days worth of practice to prepare for Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs, he hasn't ruled out playing in the contest, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "I've always been optimistic about playing in a game, whether I was injured or not here -- it didn't matter," Gates said. "So, I think I'm well aware of the preparation that needs to be put in throughout the week to go play a game at the highest level possible. With that being said...it just depends on how I feel leading up to Sunday."

EDGE Analysis

Gates' late arrival to the mix could lead to him being eased in, but once he's deemed up to speed conditioning-wise, he figures to fill a key role in the Chargers offense, notable as a red-zone weapon for QB Philip Rivers. The team had been prepared to move on from the 38-year-old tight end, but a serious knee injury suffered by Hunter Henry paved the way for Gates' return.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
3 weeks ago1 Comment

Gates' role in Sunday's season opener against the Chiefs has yet to be determined, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "I don't think you can just throw a guy in the game -- I don't even know if he's going to play," Coach Anthony Lynn said of the recently re-signed tight end. "I've got to see what type of shape he is in and go from there. Definitely, he would be on a pitch count."

EDGE Analysis

It's therefore not a big surprise that Virgil Green is listed ahead of Gates on the team's initial depth chart, but once the 38-year-old is in game shape, he figures to serve as a steady red-zone threat for QB Philip Rivers, with Hunter Henry having suffered a torn ACL in May.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
3 weeks ago1 Comment

Gates is signing with the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Chargers initially planed on moving on from the 38-year-old tight end, but they acknowledged having some level of interest after Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in May. Gates figures to handle a part-time role on passing downs, while Virgil Green likely will serve as the starter and take on a heavier snap count. Given the late timing of the transaction, Gates isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 against the Chiefs.

QAntonio Gates
TE LAC (8)
1 month ago

The Chargers are still considering whether to re-sign Gates, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

A dismal performance from the Chargers tight ends during Saturday's preseason contest against the Cardinals opened the door for head coach Anthony Lynn to field questions pertaining to the future Hall of Famer saying, "We've talked to Antonio and we're still talking with him. I don't know where that's going to go. We need to make more plays at the tight end position." While Virgil Green has reportedly meshed well with QB Philip Rivers, the rest of the depth chart has shown its lack of experience which could be a problem with Hunter Henry (ACL) already out for the season.