Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
School: Kent State
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers had a year for himself as well as his fantasy owners to forget about. The ten-year veteran tight end out of Kent State struggled early and often despite him being targeted as a solid TE1 option before the season started.
What makes last year worrisome is that he played in 15 games after missing a total of 9 the previous two years, yet his statistics by far were much worse than his injury filled seasons.
Gates dropped to 49 receptions which is the lowest since his rookie season of 2003. His yardage gained was 538, also the lowest since 2003. And his touchdown production fell to less than a half a TD a game. And yes people, that is right you guessed it, was also his lowest production since being a rookie.
So what should you expect from Gates this year? He is fastly leaving the right side of 30 behind and has a quarterback tossing him the pigskin that is also coming off a career crapper. For Gates to be successful he is going to have to have Philip Rivers turn back into his old self, stay healthy which is a big question mark and then produce as if his body wasn’t aging.
A lot of people will still have Gates as a solid TE1 in deeper fantasy leagues. I, for one, am not buying it. Gates is sinking and despite his once upon a time elite status, look for Gates to continue to fall, making him no more than a low-end TE1 option in deeper leagues and someone who you probably will want to pass on if you have a younger, more viable candidate still on the board.
If you did want one positive spin though, he did finish the season with a three-game streak of touchdowns. Granted he only put up a total of 90 receiving yards, so you tell me if I am being too negative.