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TE Garrett Celek - San Francisco 49ers

6-5, 252Born: 5-29-1988College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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Week 7: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colin Kaepernick started off his comeback on the wrong end of a 16-45 drubbing by Buffalo, but he doesn't play on defense so there was little Kaepernick could do about the defensive front allowing 44/312/4 rushing last week. For his part, Kaepernick threw 13/29 for 187 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions while taking three sacks for -20 (he added 8/66/0 rushing to the team effort). Torrey Smith came back from the fantasy living dead with Kaepernick back under center, seeing seven targets for 3/76/1 receiving, while Quinton Patton (seven for 4/52/0) and Jeremy Kerley (seven for 2/12/0) also saw seven chances - Kaepernick and Kerley haven't worked together much, so their chemistry hasn't developed yet. Vance McDonald saw two targets for 2/25/0 and Rod Streater had one for 1/16/0 - those were all the receivers who managed double-digit receiving totals last week. We'll see if Kaepernick can build on these modest numbers in Week Seven. Before the bye week, the Tampa pass defense feasted on Derek Anderson holding him and his team out of the endzone in the passing phase of the game while picking him off twice (and forcing two lost fumbles, including one by Anderson) - when the dust settled Anderson had 18/28 for 278 yards passing. In Week Four, the Buccaneers allowed 19/31 for 218 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Broncos' quarterbacks (four sacks for -20 yards were generated). They have been up and down in this phase of the game in recent weeks - to date, Tampa is ranked 19th in the NFL averaging 262.4 net yards passing per game, with nine passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and nine sacks generated to date. Over the past three weeks (two games) they have averaged just 15.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fifth-least in the NFL); with 21.2 fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (11th-least in the NFL) and an average of 10 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (fifth-most in the league). This looks like a neutral matchup for the resurgent Kaepernick and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at SEA 38 3 25 0 0 2.5
4 vs DAL 39 5 79 0 0 7.9
5 vs ARI 61 1 4 0 0 0.4
6 at BUF 27 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
7 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
7 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Vance McDonald back in the lineup, Celek returned to his normal 50-50 snap split. He wasn't 50/50 in targets, though, because he only ran 8 routes in 21 plays before garbage time. Those other 13 snaps saw him helping out the offensive line both in run-blockig and pass protection.

2016 Week 5 vs ARI (6 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

How does a tight end, the safety blanket of a quarterback who relies on short passes, have only one reception on six targets? First, said quarterback overthrows him by at least five feet when he's wide open 20 yards downfield. Second, he drops an easy catch that would have resulted in a first down rather than a punt. Third, a pass intended for him gets deflected at the line of scrimmage and lands right into the waiting arms of a defensive lineman, who makes the interception. And finally, he gets three "targets" in garbage time with a quarterback under constant pressure because this particular defense has a penchant for pinning their ears back in the pass rush when they have a fourth-quarter lead.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)

Celek did a great job of finding the soft spot in Dallas' zone, turning around, and providing a clean target to which Gabbert could deliver the ball. Every one of his receptions came from this template, with most including open spaces to run after the catch. There was one exception, though. On a deep corner route in the early third quarter, Celek was able to (finally) beat man-to-man coverage, but only by the slimmest of margins. Somehow, Blaine Gabbert was able to thread his pass through the tiniest of windows, picking up 15 yards through the air; Celek gained 14 after the (improbable) catch.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Celek played around 80 percent of snaps due to Vance McDonald's hip injury. And for the second week in a row, he nearly got injured himself thanks to Blaine Gabbert throwing a pass that exposed him to a big hit to his back. Last week, the offending throw was high and inside on a deep corner route. This week, it was high and inside on an out route parallel to the line of scrimmage, which safety Kam Chancellor snuffed out. Prior to that, Celek had actually beaten Chancellor in man-to-man coverage for a 5-yard gain and had found himself wide open down the seam for an 18-yard gain before safety Earl Thomas could get there in his over-the-top defensive responsibility.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Celek once again alternated series with McDonald, but saw the field a little more often this week because Chip Kelly used more two tight end sets. With limited targets in the passing game, Celek's only noteworthy play was the one where, instead of giving him a long reception, Blaine Gabbert nearly got him killed. With the offense driving on Carolina's half of the field late in the first quarter, Celek was wide open 20 yards down the seam. Gabbert's pass was outside and high despite Celek's in-breaking route, so he had to twist and jump just to even get his hands on the ball. That allowed free safety Tre Boston to deliver a big hit to Celek's back. He stayed down for a few moments, but ultimatly returned to the game. More throws like that, however, and Celek might not be so lucky next time.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Like Vance McDonald, Celek wasn't targeted much in the passing game and didn't show much when he was. His first target was a drop in the red zone. His second target was a mixed bag. On one hand, although he couldn't beat converted safety Mark Barron in a man-to-man situation, Barron benefitted from holding him the entire route and it not getting called. On the other hand, the pass was on-target and it hit him squarely in the hands, so he still should have caught it despite the (illegal) contact. On his third target, Celek couldn't beat linebacker Alex Ogletree one-on-one (no shenanigans this time), and the quick out nearly turned into a pick-six. Midway through the fourth quarter, Celek finally had a positive play. On another questionable-but-somehow-not-disastrous throw from Gabbert, Celek redeemed his drops by snagging a slightly-behind-him pass between two defenders, and then holding onto the ball despite a big hit from safety T.J. McDonald.


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