Antonio Gates injury update: Tight end will play, fantasy owners shouldn't be confident

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Gates is not at 100 percent. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He practiced fully on Friday, but Adam Schefter said on Sunday NFL Countdown that he "doesn't know how long he can go."

The former All-Pro is coming in cold this week after a 21-yard game against the Chiefs this week. He has cooled off a lot since a solid start and hasn't caught more than four balls in any of his last three games.

Ladarius Green has been the story for the Chargers lately. He has come on hot in the past two weeks with two games over 80 receiving yards and a six-yard TD last week. The big target for Philip Rivers is very fast in the open field and should get more looks in the slot with Eddie Royal banged up.

Fantasy impact: Green might actually be the better play this week against the Bengals. He has big-play ability, which is something Gates hasn't been able to do for a long time. Fantasy owners can view him as a high-upside TE2 this week and should be owned in most leagues. Owners might want to sit Gates at less than 100 percent.

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