Celek hauled in his only target for a nine-yard touchdown in Sunday's loss to Seattle. Celek set career-highs in receptions (28) and yards (341) while tying last year's mark of three touchdowns with Sunday's score. He boasts great run blocking skills and sure hands, but lacks the athleticism of fellow tight end Vance McDonald that translates to fantasy production. Both tight ends were signed to extensions in 2016, so they should begin next season as the team's one-two punch yet again.
Celek caught four of his seven targets for 39 yards in Saturday's 22-21 win over the Rams. As expected, Celek was the next man up to start in place of the injured Vance McDonald (shoulder). His pedestrian fantasy day was just as expected. He will get another start against the Seahawks next week, but he would need to find paydirt to outperform his lowly projections against one of the stingiest defenses against opposing tight ends.
Celek had two receptions on six targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-13 loss at Atlanta. Celek, starting at TE for an injured Vance McDonald (shoulder), scored on a pretty 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He was held in check otherwise, as Colin Kaepernick struggled to generate much offense in the second half. He'll take on the Rams next week.
With Vance McDonald done for the year, Celek will be elevated to starting tight end against the Falcons on Sunday. New broke this week of McDonald's season-ending injury, opening up playing time for Celek in a tasty matchup with the Falcons. Atlanta currently gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and will likely get up early on San Francisco, forcing the team to throw early and often. That being said, Celek is not a must-start tight end due to his limitations as a receiver, but you could certainly do worse in deep leagues.
Celek pulled in his only target for five yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Celek was unable to take advantage of the extra playing time he received after Vance McDonald (shoulder) was forced out of Sunday's game. In fact, Blake Bell had more yards (30) and targets (two) than the veteran tight end, indicating that the team may give the youngster a longer look down the stretch if McDonald is forced to miss time. If the latter is unable to suit up next week, it'd be hard to trust either of his potential replacements.
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