Gates, a long-time
fantasy football superstar, is coming off his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign in 2003. He still reeled in seven touchdowns, but his reception and yardage totals dipped below his typical standards. So, is this the beginning of the end for Gates, or is he just coming off a bad season? Based on his recent totals, the former seems to be a more likely scenario. It certainly didn't help that
Philip Rivers was far from consistent under center, but Gates is clearly past his prime at the age of 33. If he can remain free of injuries, which has been a huge issue lately, he could become a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end. But if you're looking for Gates to re-emerge into an elite fantasy option, well, be prepared for a disappointment. He should come off the board in the middle to late rounds.