John Bates

John Bates

26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Washington Commanders
2024 Fantasy Outlook
A 2021 fourth-round pick, Bates has recorded 500-to-519 snaps and 14-to-20 catches in each of his three NFL seasons, missing just one game out of a possible 51. He's a reliable backup tight end who mostly blocks and also plays some special teams, but there's not much reason to expect a jump forward in receiving production for the final year of his contract. The Commanders signed Zach Ertz and drafted Ben Sinnott in the second round this offseason, putting at least two tight ends ahead of Bates in the pecking order for routes and targets. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $4.2 million contract with Washington in May of 2021.
Catches 19 passes in 2023
TEWashington Commanders
January 23, 2024
Bates caught 19 of 28 passes for 151 yards in 17 games during the 2023 season.
ANALYSIS
The 2021 fourth-round pick has finished each of his three pro seasons with between 22 and 28 targets and 14 and 20 receptions, and around 500 snaps. Bates hasn't shown the pass-catching chops to make a fantasy impact, and he now faces some uncertainty entering the final year of his rookie contract as the Commanders bring in a new coaching staff.
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How do John Bates' 2023 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
10.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.38
 
% Team Air Yards
4.2%
 
% Team Targets
4.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
67.9%
 
Drop Rate
14.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.5
 
% Targeted On Route
15.0%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.81
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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#% of Team Snaps

70066%
48245%
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How often does John Bates run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how John Bates and the other tight ends for the Commanders are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
John Bates
187 routes   28 targets
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% Routes Run
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39%
185 routes   43 targets
67%
80 routes   15 targets
59%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do John Bates' measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
259 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.82 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.35 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.85 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
32.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A 2021 fourth-round pick, Bates mostly has worked as the blocking complement to Logan Thomas through two pro seasons, catching 34 passes in 33 games. There's perhaps some room for role growth with Thomas entering his age-32 season after an Achilles tear in 2021 and poor production last year, but Bates still figures to take most of his snaps as a blocker. It could be another young player, like Cole Turner who ends up benefitting if Thomas loses playing time.
A 2021 fourth-round pick, Bates played all 17 contests last season but didn't see more than 17 offensive snaps or one target in a game until Week 10. He started the final six outings of the year after fellow tight end Logan Thomas suffered an ACL tear, and while Bates never got much receiving volume, he did catch 20 of the 25 targets (80 percent) sent his way. The second-year pro isn't especially fast or nimble, but he could have some deep-league value if Thomas struggles to return from the severe knee injury.
Bates was a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he mostly profiles as a blocker after catching only 47 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns in four seasons at Boise State. If he does get regular snaps as a rookie, he'll mostly play on early downs and goal-line/short-yardage situations.
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Pass-catching role trending down
TEWashington Commanders
December 7, 2023
Bates failed to corral his lone target while playing 25 of the Commanders' 55 snaps on offense in Sunday's 45-15 loss to the Dolphins.
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Draws no targets Week 6
TEWashington Commanders
October 17, 2023
Bates went without a target across 20 snaps on offense Sunday in the Commanders' 24-16 win over the Falcons.
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Catches both targets
TEWashington Commanders
October 9, 2023
Bates caught both his targets for 19 yards in Thursday's 40-20 loss to Chicago.
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Quiet in loss
TEWashington Commanders
October 4, 2023
Bates caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Eagles.
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Targeted twice
TEWashington Commanders
September 25, 2023
Bates caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 37-3 loss to Buffalo.
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