Garrett Celek
Garrett Celek
31-Year-Old Tight EndTE
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Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Celek's role greatly diminished with the emergence of superstar tight end George Kittle in 2018. The veteran saw his snaps cut in half (276) and produced just five catches on eight targets for 90 yards. The 31-year-old maintained his positive status as a red-zone target, turning two of his five catches into touchdowns. The 49ers added some competition for depth behind Kittle this offseason, expending a sixth-round pick on Kaden Smith and signing Levine Toilolo. Celek will have to earn his spot as Kittle's backup this year more than any other to keep Celek Time rolling. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.2 million contract with the 49ers in February of 2016.
Hanging up cleats
TESan Francisco 49ers
Back
February 7, 2020
Celek (back) announced his decision to retire from the NFL on Friday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Celek appeared in five games with San Francisco in 2019, during which he contributed as a blocker across 63 snaps on offense. He spent the entire duration of his eight-year career with the 49ers, most notably having surpassed 300 receiving yards in two straight seasons with the team from 2016-17.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
Initially considered an afterthought, Celek managed to make the most of his opportunities in 2017. The veteran shared starting duties with rookie tight end, George Kittle, finishing with 336 yards and four touchdowns on 21 receptions. Kittle figures to take on a larger role in his sophomore campaign, but Celek's excellent blocking skills, coupled with coach Kyle Shanahan's preference of using two tight end sets means "Celek Time" isn't over yet.
Celek posted career highs in receptions (29) and receiving yards (350) after starter Vance McDonald went down with a shoulder injury in the second half of last season. The 29-year-old will enter the 2017 season in a similar backup role, but given the latter's propensity to land on the injury report, he could wind up starting again for stretches of the schedule. Regardless of role, Celek has more real-world value as a blocking tight end than he does as a fantasy option, especially under new head coach Kyle Shanahan who didn't have a tight end finish in the top-32 in receiving yards at the position.
Celek was one of several tight ends who saw action for the 49ers last season. Primarily used as a run blocker, he flashed a bit of playmaking ability with 9.8 YPC and three touchdowns in 11 games (eight starts). There are opportunities for targets in Chip Kelly's offense, but Vance McDonald and Blake Bell have higher upsides than the 28-year-old Celek.
Celek will have to outshine younger tight ends during training camp to avoid being cut.
Celek's back issue is looking more severe than it did in the preseason and he is in jeopardy of not making it past the roster cuts come week 1.
Celek enters 2013 as the back-up to Vernon Davis and will be used primarily as a blocking tight end which limits his value in fantasy. He is capable of coming down with a few catches but not enough to warrant a spot on your roster. He'll also spend his time trying to stave off rookie Vance McDonald who is ultimately expected to supplant him due to more refined skills as a pass-catcher.
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Lands on IR
TESan Francisco 49ers
Back
December 12, 2019
The 49ers placed Celek (back) on injured reserve Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Reclaims second spot on depth chart
TESan Francisco 49ers
November 25, 2019
Celek finished second in tight end snaps behind George Kittle with 31 percent in Sunday's 37-8 win over Green Bay.
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Cleared of injury designation
TESan Francisco 49ers
November 15, 2019
Celek (back) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
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Sports limited tag
TESan Francisco 49ers
Back
November 13, 2019
Celek (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Activated from PUP list
TESan Francisco 49ers
November 11, 2019
The 49ers activated Celek (back) from the PUP list Monday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
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