Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
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2014 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Jul-14-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Antonio Gates is over the hill. If you think about him, your knees and ankles hurt on his behalf. At 34 years of age and with Ladarius Green chomping at the bit behind him, Gates should experience a lessened role (although nothing is guaranteed in this game). Gates' production dwindled in the second half of 2013 as the schedule progressed. Despite putting up over 800 receiving yards, Gates scored just four times. The smart money is on Green to overtake Gates; however, there's just no way of knowing how the snaps will be divided between the two.
It was recently reported that Antonio Gates wanted less snaps in 2015. It even appeared he really only wanted to be on the field on third and long and in goal line situations. Gates strongly refuted the idea that he wouldn't want to be on the field. "For me, to put in all this work in all these years and have the opportunity to play and say I don't want to play, I don't know where people got that from. It was probably a misquote or a misunderstanding,' Gates said. 'I ain't asking to play less. Every time I'm in a game, I feel like I have the opportunity to make a play. Why would I want to be on the sideline? That defeats the purpose. The only way you can contribute is by being in the game."Fantasy Analysis:
This is a huge relief for Gates owners. It looked last week like his days as a fantasy relevant TE were coming to an abrupt halt. Now everything is looking completely different. Go back to drafting Gates as you originally planned before that other report surfaced. However, remember he is about to turn 35 years old. As great as he is, eventually he's going to decline.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/24 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates says it was a “misunderstanding” and he doesn’t want less playing time
4/24 - LaDanian Tomlinson does not believe QB Philip Rivers will be with the Chargers next season
4/16 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates wants his snaps reduced in 2015
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