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TE Garrett Celek - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Week 12: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The last time these teams met (Week 3) Colin Kaepernick and company got stomped 7-47. Kaepernick has since been placed on IR due to a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, so nowadays it is Blaine Gabbert's second NFL opportunity with his second NFL Franchise, and it is going about as well as his old Jaguars 'fans' expected. After upsetting the Falcons two games ago, Gabbert was blown out 13-29 at Seattle last week, though he did do a credible job passing the football on the stat sheet (22/34 for 264 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) the 49ers were never in contention last week. Vance McDonald (four targets for 4/65/1 receiving) is making some noise now that ex-49er Vernon Davis is out of his way on the depth chart - and Anquan Boldin got within spitting distance of 100 yards last week with seven targets for 5/93/0 receiving. There may be some hope for fantasy owners invested in the 49ers' passing attack as the team is almost certain to play from behind this week. The Cardinals' pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 228.7 net yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores handed out vs. 14 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied for 23rd) generated to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (23.8 on average); 13th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (9.9); and is in the middle of the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (20.7,18th). Last week, Cincinnati managed 22/39 for 278 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown with four sacks taken for -37 yards. Two games ago, Russell Wilson was held to 13/32 for 228 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. This looks like a tough matchup for Gabbert, but it is not an impossible scenario for him.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at STL 18 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs ATL 46 2 12 2 0 13.2
11 at SEA 31 2 35 0 0 3.5
12 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Not sure if the coaching staff is trying to protect Celek from another concussion or if they think (for whatever reason) that Vance McDonald is actually a better receiver, but Celek only played 60 percent of San Francisco's offensive snaps. Celek's lone highlight was a 33-yard reception wherein he "got lost" in Seattle's coverage after feigning a run-block. With an uncharateristic "confused" appearance on the part of several defenders, this one was more about failed Seahawks execution than about anything Celek did individually.

2015 Week 9 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 12 / 2 rec)

Coming off of a concussion, and with San Francisco using a fullback instead of a second tight end in most running situations, Celek saw less playing time than usual. Still, he made the most of his limited opportunities. Celek's first touchdown was on a play-action pass at the 1-yard line, where both he and Vance McDonald were wide open thanks to the fake. His second touchdown, however, was perfect execution of the "stick-nod" concepT, with Celek faking out rookie cornerback Jalen Collins in man-to-man coverage.

2015 Week 6 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Celek actually started despite Vernon Davis being healthy enough to play, but he wasn't as involved in the passing game as he has been recently. In fact, his second and final target of the game came with 4:53 left in the first quarter. Both targets were uncatchable, one because Kaepernick overthrew the pass while rolling to his left; the other because it was deflected at the line of scrimmage.

2015 Week 5 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)

Four out of Celek's five targets came on third down or in the red zone; his touchdown catch qualified as both. With each passing week, he seems to be gaining the trust of his coaches and quarterback, and further cements his role as Vernon Davis' primary injury replacement.

2015 Week 4 vs GB (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Celek, not Vance McDonald, was the target beneficiary of Vernon Davis' absence. Predictably, all of his targets came on short passes. Not predictable was a display of running ability after the catch on a second-quarter reception. After receiving the ball in stride on an underneath crossing route, Celek was able to gain an extra 10 yards (and a first down in the red zone) by juking safety Micah Hyde in the open field.

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Celek didn't get his first target until San Francisco's final drive, with about five minutes left in a 47-7 game. He made the most of his looks, however, finding a hole in Arizona's umbrella zone for two of his three catches. On the second reception, he showed some agility, successfully juking cornerback Justin Bethel to turn a one-yard gain into an eight-yard gain.

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Celek is included here because, although he didn't produce a big statline, his usage given the game script produced further confirmation that he's San Francisco's clear second tight end in passing situations. Aside from playing nearly three times as many snaps as Vance McDonald, he also ran five times as many routes. Of course, the bad news (besides his statline) is that, once the game got really out of reach, San Francisco used far more three-wide receiver sets than two-tight end sets, which prevented Celek from partaking in any possible game script-induced receiving bonanza.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

If the 49ers' passing game is going to heavily involve the tight end, and there's the possibility that another tight end besides Davis has the potential to be fantasy-viable, then Celek appears to be a better option than Vance McDonald given their different usage rates against Minnesota: Celek played 52 snaps to McDonald's 36, he ran 15 routes to McDonald's 9, and he had 4 targets to McDonald's 1. Celek was also the second tight end in the formation for almost all of the 49ers' two touchdown drives, which is something coaches notice. The only problem seems to be that Celek is a well below-average blocker, and so it's possible coaches will lose trust over time given San Francisco's reliance on the running game, and their need to keep Colin Kaepernick healthy. That said, if something were to happen to Vernon Davis, Celek's receiving ability and usage suggests he's the likely replacement, not McDonald.


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Footballguys Articles

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  Steve Buzzard - October 21

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