Fantasy Football Week 3 Injury Report: Antonio Gates' Foot Makes Randy McMichael Solid Pick-Up
Any fantasy football owners who picked up Antonio Gates before the start of the 2011 NFL season had to know (or should've known) that there were questions as to when, not if, the star tight end's plantar fasciitis would pop up again.
The answer, unfortunately, is now. Gates sat out the Chargers' 20-17 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday, raising questions about his ability to contribute going forward. Gates was plagued by the very same foot injury last season, during which he missed six games but still came up with 782 yards and 10 touchdowns.
That being said, there's no telling how long Gates' condition will keep him off the field or how effective he'll be once he gets back. Gates struggled against the Patriots last week, garnering only a single target, after catching eight balls for 74 yards in Week 1.
So, for those of you stuck with Gates, be sure to keep a close eye on him. Chances are, though, that he'll miss more games this season and will be only a shell of his former self when he does play.
In the meantime, Randy McMichael is shaping up to be a solid pickup, as both a handcuff for Gates owners and as a tight end in his own right. The 10th-year veteran drew five targets from Philip Rivers against KC, catching four of them for 51 yards.
He'll draw plenty of attention from Rivers when the Chargers welcome the Dolphins to San Diego in Week 4. Few teams have been quite so fantasy-friendly to tight end as has Miami so far this season. Through three games, the Fins have allowed opposing tight ends to catch 25 balls for 325 yards and three touchdowns.
Granted, most of that production came from the Pats' dynamic duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski in Week 1, but the case remains that Miami doesn't do well against big, bulky pass catchers.
As such, be sure to pick up whoever will play tight end for the Chargers this weekend, whether it's Gates or McMichael.
That is, if you care at all about, you know, winning your league or whatever.
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