May 30, 2016

Overall Ranking

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 08

    SD @ ARI

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    SEA @ SD

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    SD @ BUF

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    JAC @ SD

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    NYJ @ SD

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    SD @ OAK

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    KC @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 23

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    SD @ MIA

  • Week 10 - Nov 09


  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    OAK @ SD

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    LAR @ SD

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    SD @ BAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NE @ SD

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 16 - Dec 20

    SD @ SF

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    SD @ KC

  • Week 2 - Sep 10

    SD 22 @ OAK 14

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    ATL 27 @ SD 3

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    SD 37 @ KC 20

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    SD 24 @ NO 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 15

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    SD @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 01

    KC @ SD

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    SD @ TB

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    BAL @ SD

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CIN @ SD

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    MIN 17 @ SD 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    SD 21 @ NE 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    KC 17 @ SD 20

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIA 16 @ SD 26

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    SD 29 @ DEN 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16


  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    SD 21 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    SD 20 @ KC 23

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    GB 45 @ SD 38

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    SD 20 @ CHI 31

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    DEN 16 @ SD 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    SD 38 @ JAC 14

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    BUF 10 @ SD 37

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    BAL 14 @ SD 34

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    SD 10 @ DET 38

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    SD 14 @ KC 21

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    JAC 13 @ SD 38

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    SD 20 @ SEA 27

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    ARI 10 @ SD 41

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    SD 27 @ OAK 35

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    SD 17 @ LAR 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    NE 23 @ SD 20

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    TEN 25 @ SD 33

    5 receptions

    123 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    SD 29 @ HOU 23

  • Week 10 - Nov 14


  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    DEN 14 @ SD 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    SD 36 @ IND 14

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    OAK 28 @ SD 13

    6 receptions

    73 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    KC 0 @ SD 31

  • Week 15 - Dec 16

    SF 7 @ SD 34

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    SD 20 @ CIN 34

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    SD 33 @ DEN 28

    50 receptions

    782 rec yards

    10 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs


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Antonio Gates

San Diego Chargers

2008 - 2011 Statistics

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                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           0         0       0         64        88      778     7        119.8       9.2

2010 Stats           0         0       0         50        65      782    10       138.2      13.8

2009 Stats            0         0       0         79      114     1157     8        163.7     10.2  

2008 Stats            0         0       0         60       92       704     8        118.4       7.4

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Has attended all offseason programs

(+) Norv says Antonio had his best mini-camp since he's been coach

(+) Is able to practice at full-speed, something he hasn't been able to do in years

(+) Though it was his lowest TD total since 2003, seven TDs ain’t bad for only playing in 13 games. Should get into double-digits again this season

(+) Gates was totally awesome when VJAX was holding out two years ago, now Vincent is no longer on the team

(+) Rivers may depend on Gates more while he gets to know his new WRs Meachem and Royal

(+/–) Ranked outside the Top-4 for TEs in fantasy scoring for the first time in EIGHT seasons 

(–) Missed nine games in the past two seasons, yet missed three games in the previous seven years as a Charger

(–) Yet to be determined if his plantar fasciitis is fully gone and/or if he's slowed down as a player

(–) They drafted a TE in the 4th round of this season (Ladarious Green)

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2009 Review

Antonio Gates was primed for an optimal season in 2009, and he delivered as expected.  After falling off his game in 2008 due to various injuries, Gates turned himself around to make 2009 a memorable one.  He led the league in yards for TEs once again and jumped back into the Top-3 for fantasy points on the year.  Of course, playing for a new contract aided in the quick turnaround for Gates, but playing injury-free made the biggest difference as Antonio was back to his normal speed and QB Philip Rivers couldn’t help but notice.  He led the team both in targets and receptions and was just 10 yards and 1 TD away from leading the Chargers in both those categories as well.

~ Ranked third in the league with 163.7 TE fantasy points (basic scoring system)

~ Tied for 16th in the league with 8 receiving touchdowns

~ Ranked first among tight ends in the league with 1,157 receiving yards (12th overall)

~ Ranked first among tight ends in the league with 72.3 receiving yards per game (13th overall)

~ Ranked fourth among tight ends in the league with 79 receptions (tied for 16th overall)

~ Ranked sixth among tight ends in the league with 114 targets (27th overall)

~ Tied for first among tight ends in the league with 18 receptions of 20+ yards (tied for 6th overall)

~ Ranked first among tight ends in the league with 61 catches for first downs (tied for 7th overall)

~ Ranked first among tight ends in the league with 453 yards after the catch (YAC) (6th overall)

~ Set career bests in receiving yards (1,157), yards/reception (14.6), and yards from scrimmage (1,157)

~ Made his sixth straight Pro Bowl team

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Expect San Diego to pony up for Gates sometime real soon, as there’s no way they want to go into the 2010 season with their star tight end unhappy.  Gates put together a phenomenal year in 2009 and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.  With two young, good, big wide receivers in the mix in Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd (Legedu Naanee should be included here as well), his touchdowns will likely stay in the 8-10 range, as will his yards and receptions.  However, with the 3-game suspension VJax will have to live out, and his impending holdout looking for a new contract, it's possible Gates becomes the hands-down #1 target for Rivers and explodes fantasy-wise because of it.  Suffice it to say, either his normal numbers or whatever possible freak-numbers he puts up with VJax out firmly entrench him among the top few at his position and given his sparse injury past, Gates should once again be one of the first tight ends called out on draft day, if not the first.

~ Will a rookie running back hurt the passing game, or help it?

~ Antonio’s age could start to catch up with him

~ His contract status might affect his play.  The question is, will it be positive, or negative?

~ Due to Vincent Jackson's three-game suspension and impending holdout, Gates will have a bigger influence on the offense

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Gates does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Chargers Player Tweets



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Pretty entertaining interview with Craig Ferguson. Nice and funny guy Gates is.

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Gates finally got the big extension he deserves.  Just before training camp broke, Gates signed a six-year, $39.8 million contract that included $20.4 million guaranteed, a $4.575 million signing bonus, a $3.47 million first-year "option" bonus, and Gates' first two years base salary.  Also involved in the deal is the fact that his 2012 and $2.4 million of his 2013 salaries are guaranteed for injury, but not for skill (which shouldn't be a problem).  The particulars are listed below:

2010 - $755,000

2011 - $5.2 million

2012 - $4 million (+ $6.4 million option bonus)

2013 - $4.5 million

2014 - $5 million

2015 - $5.9 million

2016 - Free Agent

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - San Diego Chargers


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his game

Gates decided to make a living in football after it was made clear to him that he was a "tweener" and not tall enough to make it in the NBA.

antonio gates basketball


Gates didn't play organized football in college, but that didn't seem to stop him from being a Golden Flash on the gridiron.  He was signed as an undrafted Free Agent after his very first workout in 2003 (with the San Diego Chargers) and has been setting benchmarks and breaking records ever since.  He holds the NFL record for TDs in a season by a TE (13), and only Randy Moss, TO, and Larry Fitzgerald have caught more TDs than Gates between 2004-2009.

At 6'4" 260 pounds, he has average size as TE's go in the NFL.  It's his body control, hands, and shear athleticism that make him such a juggernaut.  San Diego will move him in motion, split him out wide, or bring him in tight, and in all cases, he is able to make big plays.  He is a complete nightmare on the goal-line and has become a better blocker over the course of his career, but it's still not one of his strong suits.  No biggie.  He'll simply continue to do the thing he knows best.  Score.

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Injury Report


Just when you thought he was starting to slow down due to injuries, he comes back with a 16-game season and puts up all the numbers we've become accustomed to over the years. He may be a bit older now at 30 years of age, but the guy is a warrior and simply can't be stopped

Michael Gehlken reports "all indications" suggest impending free agent Antonio Gates will not retire.


Pyro's take: The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn't ready for retirement yet. Gates, who will turn 36 in June, is confident he can still produce in the NFL. Last year, he caught 46 passes for 630 yards and four touchdowns. That was despite being suspended the first four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and missing a fifth game to an Oct. 18 knee injury.

"The way we played today, for a team with nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing, says a lot about us, man," Gates said afterward. "This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I'd love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we're going to fight despite whatever we're going through. We'll see how it goes."

02/03/16, 01:10 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

GM Tom Telesco confirmed the team is interested in bringing back Antonio Gates.


Pyro's take: Eric Williams via Twitter "Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the organization would love to have Antonio Gates back."

01/09/16, 01:48 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Antonio Gates hints he'll return for a 14th season in 2016.


Pyro's take: “I don’t want to go out this kind of way,” Gates said Sunday night. “I don’t want to go out as a loser. Winning is the way, ideally, you want to go out. … I want to make one more run at it, and then if it doesn’t work, be like, ‘OK.’ That’s just my feeling right now.”

“I’ll spend some time,” he said, “to see where I’m at, what’s being done, what changes there are, what our goals are.”

12/14/15, 06:52 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Antonio Gates loves Kansas City


Pyro's take: Antonio Gates likes playing Kansas City. The veteran tight end has 97 receptions for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns in 20 games against the Chiefs, tops for his career against one team. With Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd unavailable, the Chargers are missing 37 percent of the team’s total receiving yards. Philip Rivers will lean on Gates with an inexperienced receiving group on the perimeter. -- Eric Williams

11/22/15, 03:35 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Antonio Gates is dealing with a hip issue in addition to his knee injury.


Pyro's take: According to Michael Gehlken via Twitter "Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee/hip) didn't practice today. Been dealing with both ailments for weeks. Hip injury from compensating for knee"

He should be ready to go on Sunday against Kansas City.

11/19/15, 10:08 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Antonio Gates caught 8-of-11 targets for 69 yards


Pyro's take: Gates was the over all leader in targets for the Chargers, but looked hampered by injury. Its a good thing San Diego is on a bye week, so he can rest up.

As long as he is healthy he is a top five tight end

11/10/15, 02:49 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Gates Getting Ready to Go in the Game


Pyro's take: Schefty reports that Gates will play today, he has a tough matchup versus a Baltimore team that has only allowed 2 TDs to TEs in the last 12 games. If you had Green in as a possible snakeky play it shall not come to fruition.

11/01/15, 09:51 AM CST by M O

Antonio Gates (knee) remained sidelined at practice.


Pyro's take: Michael Gehlken via Twitter announced "Antonio Gates (knee)...not practicing today."

Doesnt look good for Antonio Gates this week. Ladarius Green will get the start if Gates cannot go.

10/29/15, 11:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Antonio Gates (sprained MCL) could miss multiple games.


Pyro's take: Michael Gehlken has reported via twitter "It wouldn't surprise if Antonio Gates' MCL proves to be multiple-week injury. Wasn't close to playing Sunday vs. Raiders."

10/27/15, 03:06 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Antonio Gates caught 9-of-11 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns


Pyro's take: Antonio Gates was ready to explode on the scene after missing the first four weeks of the season due to a suspension. It didnt take long for him to get in the groove of things.

Gates played mostly on third downs and in the red zone, and Ladarius Green still had a prominent role.

As Gates gets in more game shape however, Green's role should diminish.

10/13/15, 03:32 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Gates closing?

Antonio Gates had a silent Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. With just one reception for eight yards was a far different distance than the three touchdowns, seven receptions for 96 yards game he had against Seattle in week two. He was bothered by hamstring issues leading up to the game against the Bills, so that may have had an effect on his play.

Pyro's take: Gates is not suffering any injuries this week, as he seems fine, and should dominate against the Jaguars, who allowed two touchdowns to the Colts tight ends, and a third was dropped by Coby Fleener. He can make an excellent number two and bye week replacement for your teams.

09/24/14, 07:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cbssports.com

Gates practices Thursday and ready to go

After taking his normal day off on Wednesday, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (foot) put in a full practice on Thursday and is ready to take on the Broncos this weekend.

Pyro's take: Gates is a must-start on your fantasy football team as he is in the midst of one of his best seasons as a pro.

11/20/09, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå

Gates says he's completely healthy now

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who is on pace for a career high in yards and second-most in receptions, attributes his resurgence to being completely healthy.
“My approach is just to maintain feeling great,” Gates said. “It's being healthy. I haven't been able to do things in the past I can now. It's the confidence of being able to run without having to worry somebody is going to fall on my ankle.”

Pyro's take: Gates hasn't gone under 49 yards in a game yet this year and had less than 5 catches in a game just once. He is obviously a must-start every week on your fantasy football team regardless of the match-up.

11/19/09, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.signonsandiego.com

Gates held out of practice on Wednesday

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (foot) sat out practice today as he usually does on Wednesdays.

Pyro's take: Gates will play on Sunday and is always a must-start on your fantasy football team no matter what the match-up is.

11/18/09, 05:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Antonio Gates had a full practice on Friday

The big man appears to be good to go this weekend as the 'Bolts host the Eagles.

Pyro's take: Crank Gates up, he could have a big day. The Eagles have been vulnerable this year against opposing TEs.

11/14/09, 08:15 AM CST by
Source: blogs.nfl.com

Gates not at practice as usual on Wednesday

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates took the day off on Wednesday as usual to nurse a foot injury. He is fully expected to play this weekend.

Pyro's take: Gates normally takes the day off on Wednesday, so no big deal here. He should never be on your fantasy football bench, especially this week against an Eagles team that has been giving it up to tight ends all year.

11/11/09, 09:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.philadelphiaeagles.com

Gates practices, listed as probable for Sunday

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (foot) went through a full practice on Friday and is listed as probable on the team's injury report.

Pyro's take: Gates is expected to play and as always is a must-start on your fantasy football team regardless of the opponent.

11/06/09, 04:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: blogs.nfl.com

Chargers' Gates gets a nice workout in Saturday' pre-season game

Last year at this time, Gates was kept out of the pre as he was nursing a couple of maladies, but Saturday, Rivers decided to test out his favorite pass-catcher by targeting him six times w/in a 10 play span.

Pyro's take: Gates is in a contract year (and so is Rivers), and while we thought both would be locked up by now, it's better for fantasy owners that they aren't. Both will be looking to prove that they are the heart and soul of the offense. Gates is a top 3 fantasy TE in all formats. Rivers, we are hedging on. He had a high TD% ratio that will be nearly impossible to repeat, and Turner likes to run the ball.

08/17/09, 10:00 AM CDT by
Source: www3.signonsandiego.com

Gates looking to have career year

San Diego TE Antonio Gates had a "down year" in 2008. Most other TEs would be happy with 704 yards and 8 TDs, but for Gates, it was a step down. Various injuries to his toe, ankle, and hip last year hampered his ability to separate from defenders the way he normally does. If he comes into the 2009 season completely healthy, expect Gates to find a way to make up for his low (for him) numbers of last year.

Pyro's take: Gates has already said that he believes his injuries last year allowed him to build his knowledge of the offense and become a more complete player. If this is true, then look for Antonio to put up some crazy numbers like he has in the past. With Philip Rivers coming into his own as well, we wouldn't doubt it if Gates really did have a career year in 2009.

You stay Classy, San Diego.

08/10/09, 09:00 AM CDT by
Source: insider.espn.go.com