Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
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2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jun-18-2015 by Shawn Childs
After a couple of down seasons, Gates has regained his top form over the last two years with a step-back in chances. Antonio finished seventh in the league in receiving yards (821) for the TE position while catching 70.4 percent of his 98 targets. His best value came at the goal-line (12 TDs). As good as he looks; Gates will start the year at age 35. He had the seventh most TE targets in the league as the No. 2 option in San Diego's passing game. Antonio has a great career resume with plus chemistry with Rivers. His upside in 2014 was created by the high volume of TDs, which isn't repeatable. Gates won't be a difference maker at the TE position. He will play at a high level when he is on the field and a Fantasy player won't need to overpay for his talent as most will fear the end is near. The Chargers' offense should be better this year with an upside RB on the roster. Gates should be in position for 60-plus catches for 700 or more yards with around five TDs.
Now that Philip Rivers' top target Antonio Gates has been suspended for the first four weeks of 2015, there is a major void in the Chargers offense. Fourth-year tight end Ladarius Green is set to fill the role. Coming off an injury plagued, disappointing 2014 campaign, he will be given the opportunity to showcase his talents for the first quadrant of 2015. While his 40 career receptions and three touchdowns isn't quite as prolific as Gates' 788 receptions and 99 TDs, Green has shown flashes of potential. In 2013, he did enough to make himself breakout candidate for 2014. Turns out Gates had more gas in the tank than many had thought. The first four weeks of this season could go a long way in determining Green's long-term future in San Diego.Fantasy Analysis:
Green may very well be a worthy starter for Weeks 1-4 this season. The question is, how high do you draft him? After Week 4, he could very well fade back into obscurity, leaving fantasy owners scrambling for a replacement option. Green is currently being drafted as the TE23, however, I expect his ADP to spike considerably in the coming weeks. I like him in the TE15-to-20 range. The issue is you either need to draft Gates as well or another backup plan.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/3 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green to take over for suspended Antonio Gates
7/2 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended for four games
7/2 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates releases statement denying intentional use of PEDs
6/18 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates is pacing himself in practice and feels 'great'
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