Looks like Antonio Gates will play
For those owners out there wrestling with the decision regarding whether or not you should start Antonio Gates, here is an important nugget of intel that hit Twitter on Saturday.
According to Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, Gates was “walking pretty good as Chargers got ready to leave for walk-through. It’s a safe bet he plays. He’s never been stopped before.”
Gates was recently diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia and has been having a difficult time walking. However, the Pro Bowl tight end has played through pain before and is on pace for a career year, despite being hobbled by several injuries this season.
The upside here is that Gates’ Week 9 opponent—the Houston Texans—is giving up an average of 11.5 fantasy points per week to opposing tight ends (second most in NFL).
Unless you have a backup option like Tony Gonzalez or Jacob Tamme (which is very unlikely), Gates owners should get the San Diego tight end in the starting lineup when he is officially announced as “active” later this morning.