His foot worries me, 3rd is too soon for me even in a 12 man league. I would consider him as a mid-late 4th Rd option only because he will put up the same if not better numbers than any WR being taken then.
I plan on bringing up his foot issues in my draft to caution others from taking him so that maybe he will slip
You know, after reading a lot of draft talk in places this year, I am going to go on record that Gates is the most overhyped player this season. I personally think he is way past his monster years and will be average going forward AT BEST. Taking him (or any TE) in the 3rd is criminal.
His current ADP is the early 4th in 12 team leagues. Yes, his foot is an issue and will be for awhile. Here is the catch with him though. In 10 games last year he averaged 13.8 PPG, over 4 PPG more than #2. In just 10 games he also ended up as the 2nd best TE in football with 138.2 points. That made him technically the 20th best WR in football in only 10 games.
The advantage of owning Gates is massive if he plays. I think he will play most games, if not all, and I think he will be #1 by a substantial margin.
There is no player in football that can dominate a postion like Gates can and he is worth a risk.
Yea you're confused because this is just another case of no one really knowing. Gates has been a beast, no one can deny that, but his foot is extremely bothersome and for good reason. So the real question is if you let him slip to the fourth will someone else grab him, I would prolly say yes someone will. To be honest I wanted him but I wasn't going to risk my 3rd pick on him, so I waited, and he was taken in the fourth. Call it blind luck or the owner's stupidity...but he saved me from having to make a tough decision. Gates will either jump right back to dominating the TE spot or he will become nothing more than fantasy fodder, its up to you to determine if you want to take that risk.