Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is the 8th ranked tight end in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 90, he’s likely to be selected in the middle of the 8th round.
Antonio Gates will go down as one of the best tight ends in NFL history and will continue to impress in 2013 as long as he can remain healthy. The 33 year old tight end has been a reliable target for 10 years as a member of the Chargers racking up 8,321 receiving yards (832.1 yards per season) off of 642 receptions and 83 touchdowns.
The only concern is that his age is getting to him and his body is starting to wear down. In 2012, Gates only hauled in 49 receptions for 538 yards (both the lowest totals since his rookie season).
The dip in numbers can most likely be attributed to the struggling of quarterback Philip Rivers and the patchy Chargers offensive line. Gates’ success is contingent upon that of Rivers, making Gates a little less reliable of a fantasy option than his reputation suggests.
He could possibly put up another stellar season comparable to that of his 1157 yard year in 2009, or maybe an unfortunate repeat performance from 2012. Antonio Gates’ ranking seems to be rather accurate, deserving to be the 8-10th tight end drafted in standard 12 team fantasy formats.