Antonio Gates
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Antonio Gates knows it better than anyone that the NFL is a business. When you become unavailable, especially as a 35 year old veteran, your value is hampered. With the four game P.E.D. suspension looming, Gates says “This is another chip on my shoulder. I’ve seen some of the best get up out of here. I’m never comfortable. Once you get to that point, you misinterpret what his league is about. I’ve seen LT (LaDainian Tomlinson) leave. Seen (Junior) Seau leave. Anybody, at any given time, can be expendable.” (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: These are strong words for a guy who put up 12 touchdowns on 2014. As Philip Rivers most trusted weapon, Gates will instantly resume TE1 status following his suspension. While Ladarius Green figures to steal occasional reps, the team will not grant those opportunities at the expense of their Hall of Fame caliber tight end.

Category: Rumors

Breaking Football | Sep 3rd
Proved last year he's not dead yet but he could easily drop off in 2015. Always a risk, especially with 4 game ban, but if you can get him late he's still a solid TE1
Fantasy Football Empire | Sep 3rd
Moving Gates down to a TE2 ranking as The San Diego Chargers have announced that he has been suspended 4 games without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for performance-enhancing substances. Gates will miss games against Detroit, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Cleveland. Gates is eligible to return to the active roster on October 5th for the week 5 matchup against Pittsburgh.
Fantasy Couch | Sep 2nd
His 4 game suspension severely hurts his ranking. He likely won't put up the numbers he did in 2014, but Gates is still a very solid TE1
FFLockerRoom | Sep 2nd
Missing the first 4 games really hurts Gates in a standard format, so does the likely non-repeatable TD volume from last season.
WalterFootball | Sep 2nd
Of course his four game suspension is a kick in the gut, but he's also coming off one of his best seasons in a while and will get four weeks of rest! I really do think you will get a better Gates during your fantasy playoffs with him missing the first month. What will be important is how deep your benches are and how far he falls. You of course will need someone for the first four weeks to play tight end for your fake team.
The NY Times | Sep 2nd
Coming off a top 2 finish thanks to his continued red zone prowess, but 4 game ban and age 35 seasons both downers.
Coach Esser | Sep 2nd
The suspension hurts, but I expect Rivers to find his favorite target a bunch when he gets back.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Sep 2nd
I thought Gates would start to decline in 2014, instead he was the second ranked fantasy tight end with 69 receptions for 821 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. However, a 4-game suspension will severely limit his value and make him a risky TE2.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 31st
Gates will go undervalued in drafts again but the savvy owner will scoop him up at the right time. He'll be a top-ten TE as long as he and Philip Rivers are both healthy.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 29th
Suspended four games and if you can get past the first four games he can produce solidly the rest of the year.
RotoBaller | Aug 9th
The recent four game suspension of Antonio Gates was a surprising blow to the San Diego Chargers as the tight end had been an essential key to the success of the team’s offense for over a decade. Gates’ production over the course of his career has been nothing short of spectacular. He is one of... Read More
Razzball | Jul 9th
Tehol and I are back again with another Podcast, as we went over my rankings of Tight Ends, Kickers, and Defense & Special Teams. If you wanted a teaser, my tight end is ranked first, in all things. If you know what I mean. Oh, you do. YOU DO. We also talked a little bit about the current news in the NFL, which is basically Antonio Gates being suspended for four games. How does that aff...
Breaking Football | Jul 5th
Finally, the time has come. It’s not that we want bad things for 35-year old Antonio Gates. It’s actually the opposite after the San Diego Chargers’ ageless wonder finished as a top-five tight end in fantasy football a year ago, largely thanks to a ridiculous 13 touchdowns. He was entering his NFL deathbed, or we all thought, yet he instead put up a career-ish season and kept one...