The Chargers did not activate TE Hunter Henry (knee) for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Henry has been practicing for a few weeks now and ostensibly has a shot to play next weekend if the Chargers advance. Antonio Gates will continue to serve as L.A.'s lead pass-catching TE vs. Baltimore. The future Hall-of-Famer has seen 12 targets over his last 3 games, including 5 in the Week 16 meeting with the Ravens.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Tuesday that he's waiting to see how TE Antonio Gates looks in practice this week before deciding whether he'll play in the opener vs. Kansas City. “I don’t want to put him in a position where he goes out and hurts himself, and then it sets us back four or five weeks,” Lynn said. Gates can't be trusted in Week 1 fantasy lineups but could eventually emerge as a spot-start option.
The Chargers have agreed to a deal with veteran TE Antonio Gates, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The move doesn't come as a surprise. Rumors of such have been swirling at least since Hunter Henry suffered his ACL tear. Gates joins a TE group that sported just 1 player with NFL catches (Virgil Green: 71 across 7 seasons). Gates should continue to be a red-zone option for QB Philip Rivers, as he has always been. But we saw a sharp decline in yardage efficiency from Gates over the past few years. He's worth a look in redraft leagues -- and worth rostering in TE premium. But don't overrate the name value. The Chargers now boast an attractive trio of red-zone options at WR.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Did it during a drill, running downfield, untouched," Schefter tweeted. Freed from Antonio Gates' shadow, Henry was a prime breakout candidate entering his 3rd NFL season. He'll now miss the entire 2018 campaign. With Virgil Green now sitting atop the depth chart, the Chargers might consider bringing Gates back. The loss of Henry dings QB Philip Rivers' fantasy outlook and frees up targets for WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.
On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry will be "featured" in 2017, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, despite TE Antonio Gates' plan to return for another season. Henry played behind Gates this year but turned in an impressive campaign at a tough position for rookies. Henry hauled in 32 of 48 targets (66.7%) for 349 yards (13.7 YPC) and 7 TDs. He'll carry top-10 upside in 2017 fantasy drafts -- and Gates' return could keep his ADP down.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates caught just 1 of 2 targets for 11 yards vs. Oakland. He out-snapped Hunter Henry 35-29, but the rookie garnered 4 targets and found the end zone. Now scoreless in 4 straight, Gates at least enters a great rebound spot this week at Cleveland.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates drew a team-high 9 targets in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He caught 5 of them for 61 yards. That's not going to win you fantasy matchups, but it's right in line with Gates' usual. The target total was particularly encouraging following 2 straight down weeks. Gates is back into weekly starting consideration going forward. Rookie TE Hunter Henry snagged the 9-yard TD that Gates owners craved, but he caught just 1 other pass among 5 targets. We'll see about their respective snap counts when the playing-time numbers come out Monday.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. He was limited, but this still gives him a good shot to return for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. The rookie totaled just 7 targets in his previous 2 games and is a low-floor fantasy play. But his return puts a slight dent in TE Antonio Gates' outlook.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Titans. He didn't practice all week, so he might be looking at a multi-game absence. Henry's loss should mean even more volume for TE Antonio Gates, who's already seen 19 targets over his last 2 outings.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. The rookie appears to be in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Titans. That'd raise the target projection for TE Antonio Gates.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry has a concussion, HC Mike McCoy announced Monday. The rookie never left yesterday's game against the Falcons but experienced symptoms afterward. We'll track his status throughout this week. Henry's absence would give TE Antonio Gates' Week 8 outlook a boost.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Raiders. He was limited in practice all week and is expected to be on some type of snap count today. We’d try to avoid Gates as a TE1.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is expected to play against the Raiders today, barring a setback in pregame warmups. "But his snaps may be on the limited side," Rapoport adds. That's not a surprise for a 36-year-old coming off a 2-week absence. Gates figures to be on the field for obvious passing downs and in the red zone, but he's still just a TE2 for Week 5. We prefer teammate Hunter Henry as a fantasy option, although Gates' return makes him a low-end TE1.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s game after a limited week of practices. We might not find out his official status until 3 pm ET. We’d keep Gates on fantasy benches this week regardless. He might be limited in his 1st game back and will likely lose targets to impressive rookie TE Hunter Henry.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since going down in Week 2. It gives him a shot to return for Sunday's game against the Raiders. In that case, it'd be tough to trust either him or TE Hunter Henry in fantasy lineups. The rookie has earned a role moving forward, but we doubt San Diego is ready to phase out Gates.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Saints. Hunter Henry gets another start in a plus matchup. The rookie is a legit TE1.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. He didn’t practice all week and is a long shot to be available vs. the Saints. That means another start for TE Hunter Henry in a plus matchup. The rookie is a legit TE1 for Week 4.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He didn't practice at all last week and "wasn't close to playing" against the Colts, according to insider Michael Gehlken. Fantasy owners can't be counting on Gates for Week 4 at this point. His absence would make rookie TE Hunter Henry a spot-start option in a plus matchup vs. New Orleans.
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) "wasn't close" to playing against the Colts yesterday, according to insider Michael Gehlken. It sounds like there's a good chance he misses at least 1 more game. That'd put rookie TE Hunter Henry on the Week 4 spot-start radar in a plus matchup against the Saints. He played all 60 offensive snaps vs. the Colts, hauling in all 5 targets for 76 yards.
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