There is a method to the madness of the Antonio Gates theory.
Every year, there are receivers and running backs that come out of nowhere to jump to the top of the leaderboard in points by the end of the season.
Then, there are the usual suspects that are expected to be at the top, and prove during the season why they had high expectations going into the season.
In the end, it is usually mixture at the top that includes about 65 percent of the latter and 35 percent of the former to make the top running back and receiver scorers in fantasy football.
Another thing to note is that at these two positions, the players are all bunched together at the top.
Last season, Arian Foster was a bit of an anomaly, going from late-round sleeper to top scorer in all of fantasy football. Aside from him, the second running back, Adrian Peterson, and the eleventh running back, Ray Rice, were separated by 33 points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.
The first and tenth wide receivers were separated by a whopping 45 points, or 2.6 points per game.
So, at these positions you do not gain a huge advantage by selecting the elite early. It only allows you to hold serve.
Antonio Gates, however, is a near lock to dominate the class of tight ends.
He scored in double digits in every game he finished last season but one.
He finished just behind Jason Witten in scoring, and he only played 10 games.
So, having Gates provides a huge advantage at a single position.
Then, there are the quarterbacks.
There are five that represent a similar situation to what we see in running backs and wide receivers: Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
You may not have an advantage over the team you are playing if they also own one of these quarterbacks.
But, this will only be about half of the league.
Thus, you will have an enormous advantage at quarterback every other week whether you have Brees going against Josh Freeman, Ben Roethlisberger or even Joe Flacco.
This strategy is beneficial because it provides you a specific advantage at two positions.
Grab Gates and a top quarterback, and thank me later.