Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
TE - #18 128.62 SD Active 12 years 35 6'4 255 @AntonioGates85

2015 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Aug-20-2015 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.

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates

Latest Update

Oct-05-15 Chargers TE Antonio Gates is eligible to return from suspension Week 5

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is eligible to return from injury this week. He will be a huge addition to the Chargers' passing attack. Philip Rivers is excited to have his favorite target back. "We'll be excited to have him back in there," Rivers said. "He helps us on the field and in the locker room. We've certainly missed him. So it will be a plus. We're acquiring a Hall of Fame free agent here in about 24 hours."

Fantasy Analysis:

This is a massive addition for the Chargers. He immediately becomes a TE1 and increases Rivers' value. The only guy who really gets hurt is Ladarius Green. He will likely become a Fantasy afterthought or at the very least an inconsistent source of Fantasy points, much like he was in 2013. Gates is still a top option despite being 35 years old. The wait is over.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

10/5 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates is eligible to return from suspension Week 5
10/1 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green still in the concussion protocol Injury
9/23 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green suffered another concussion Week 2 Injury
9/10 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green diagnosed with a concussion Injury
9/9 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green is being evaluated for a concussion Injury

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
14.07 Gridiron Experts - @MikeRigz 
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