Antonio Gates Held Out Of Practice: Fantasy Implications

August 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was held out of practice on Wednesday with a rib injury. We breakdown the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was held out of practice on Wednesday due to a rib injury (via Michael Gehlken). Gates played in the Chargers Week 1 win over the division rival Oakland Raiders. His status is unclear.

Fantasy Analysis: The tough thing about Gates' injury is that he is a great fantasy player at a position where there are only a handful of top fantasy performers. So owners of Gates understand that he is a must-start when healthy. In the meantime, this is a friendly reminder to watch Gates' status this week as they head into their match against the Tennessee Titans. Typically, rib injuries, though painful, can be played through, so there is a good chance Gates is good to go this weekend.

For more on the San Diego Chargers, head over to Bolts from the Blue. For more fantasy info, visit SB Nation's Fantasy Football War Room 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football challenge, Pick 6!

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