Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
|TE - #17||160.37||SD||Active||12 years||35||6'4||255||@AntonioGates85|
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.
After news broke of Antonio Gates four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, Ladarius Green's value immediately skyrocketed. Green is set to be the starter during Gate's absence and if he performs well he could earn more snaps when Gates returns, which seems to have always been the game plan anyway. Gates is now 35 years old and there had already been speculation that he'd see less snaps this season to preserve him. Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich strongly believes that this will be Green's best season to date. "I'd be shocked if he didn't have his most productive year," Reich said.Fantasy Analysis:
Green certainly has huge upside while Gates is out, however, the big question is, what happens once Gates returns? Green is currently being drafted as the TE18, ahead of Gates. While it's understandable, this seems a bit shortsighted. Gates will be the primary TE when he's active. We just need to figure out if Green will see enough playing time to give him any relevancy. Gates definitely has more value this season. Build your teams to win in December, not September.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/30 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green poised to have 'his most productive year'
7/20 - Chargers WR Stevie Johnson to be used 'in a variety of ways'
7/9 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green 'seems faster than he’s ever been'
7/5 - Chargers WR Stevie Johnson expected to see more targets with Antonio Gates suspended
7/3 - 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
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2014 Mock Draft Results
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July 14, 2014
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