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2013 TE Sleepers and Busts

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Antonio Gates is no longer among the upper echelon of tight ends. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Antonio Gates is no longer among the upper echelon of tight ends. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

For years it’s been Gates and Tony Gonzalez as the fantasy tight end mainstays. Since his second year in the league, Gates has averaged nine touchdowns a year. That’s right nice, as they say in my part of the country. Another thing he’s been good at is getting downfield. That was until the last couple of years. Gates has a 13 yards per catch average, but over the past two years, it has dipped to 12.2 and 11.0 yards per catch. We are well past the days of the catch-and-fall-down tight end having value; although I still love you, Bubba Franks.

Despite making two of the dumbest free agent moves in years with Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, the Chargers are going to have a nice set of receivers this year. Vincent Brown’s back from an ankle injury, and Danario Alexander is returing after not getting any love in free agency. The team drafted Keenan Allen in the third round, and until some pre-draft issues, Allen was considered a first-round talent. Don't forget, the team still has Malcolm Floyd and the free agent bust duo. Gates may no longer be Philip Rivers’ receiver binky.