Three and out: Gates out until Week 7?

Gates to rest injured foot: It’s not looking good for Antonio Gates suiting up for Sunday’s game against Miami. And considering he’s been told that rest may be the best medicine, it’s possible that he may not return to action until after the team’s Week 6 bye. In his place last week, Randy McMichael logged four catches for 51 yards. But with San Diego’s schizophrenic early season offense (Vincent Jackson goes from three targets one week to 15 the next?!?), it’s hard to tell which Chargers pass catcher will get his number called. McMichael is the guy to start if you’re looking to replace Gates, but he won’t come close to the future Hall of Famer’s numbers.

Nicks added to injury list: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks didn’t practice on Thursday,  something to keep an eye on for fantasy owners. Last week, Nicks wasn’t much of a contributor with just three catches for 25 yards while Victor Cruz made his starring turn against the Eagles. If Nicks is available, he should be in your lineup since he has a very favorable matchup against the Cardinals this week. But keep a close eye on the situation. If he’s out, Cruz is back in play again.

Colts yet to name starting QB: According to Colts’ owner Jim Irsay, the identity of Indy’s starting quarterback for Monday night against Tampa Bay is still unknown. If you’re deciding between starting Kerry Collins or Curtis Painter, your fantasy season probably ended before it began. But it could have an impact on whether you start Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark. Clark’s value is dropping like a lead-covered stone while Wayne’s is merely treading water. But with a suspect quarterback against a Bucs defense in the top half of the league in fantasy points when it comes to stopping receivers, you can start Wayne at your own peril.

— Marcas Grant

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