Brent Celek Fantasy News
Beat: Look for Zach Ertz to be the primary receiving TE in 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:53am
Eagles beat writer Zach Berman on TE Zach Ertz: "Look for Ertz to be the primary receiving tight end next season. Ertz, the 2013 second-round pick, finished with 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns last season and improved as the season progressed. I wouldn’t surprised if those numbers doubled in 2014. Ertz, 23, is a developing player with Pro Bowl potential."
The article also states that the Eagles consider Brent Celek a vital part of the team's running game, but that his salary (~$4 million) is high for a blocking TE. Celek has some ability in the passing game, but he's not the natural receiver that Ertz is. For his part, Ertz was a mediocre run blocker in his rookie season. Ertz's upside will be capped somewhat if Celek is still around in 2014.
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Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am
“There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I’m saying Zach Ertz. And I think in time, he will be one of the best tight ends in this game.”
Ertz had all of five NFL catches at that point. Still working through a learning curve — steepened by his inability to participate in the offseason program because of graduation rules — the Stanford product played a limited role initially. He was featured more as the year went on and ended with 36 catches for 469 yards with four touchdowns. While we still have a ways to go before determining whether Vick’s intuition is correct, it’s fair to say that there are encouraging signs.
Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. Brent Celek is signed through 2016 and he's a far better run blocker than Ertz. James Casey is signed through 2015, and he ate into Ertz's snaps when the Eagles tried to run more. Ertz has top 5 fantasy TE potential, but his run blocking is holding him back.
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 11:26pm
Brent Celek is inching up the TE rankings.
Beat: Brent Celek going to be a 'big part' of passing game
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:14pm
Despite playing 82 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Celek was targeted just 83 times last year. That was just five fewer than wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who only played in 11 games. That will change this year. In Chip Kelly's offense, the tight ends seldom are asked to stay in and block on pass plays.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:37am
Eagles TE James Casey did not garner a snap with the starters last Friday night against the Patriots, pointed to how difficult it will be for HC Chip Kelly to get all three of his top tight ends (Brent Celek, Zach Ertz) on the field, even with the expected bump in plays per game because of the up-tempo offense.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:34am
Celek was all over the place and from four of five formations either blocked or ran pass routes. He started eight plays lined up as a halfback - at one end of the offensive line or another, a step back. Four times he started from the traditional tight end spot to the left or right of the tackle. He also lined up four times in the slot, three times split wide, and twice he started in the backfield to the left of the quarterback in the shotgun.
"In this offense, you've got to know every position, and they can just interchange you anywhere," Celek said Monday. "And it's fun. It's a new experience. You get to do different things. Guys like it."
Celek stayed in to block on 11 plays. Last season, Celek blocked around the same percentage of plays (470 of 888 snaps). As much as rookie Zach Ertz will be a part of the offense, his development as a blocker will probably keep Celek as the No. 1 tight end.
There had been some talk in Philly that Celek may actually be the odd man out with Zach Ertz, James Casey and Clay Harbor, who has been getting work with the WRs. But Ertz has struggled from the blocking aspect, something that Celek is pretty good at, and Casey didn't get any work with the first team against the Pats, so that seems unlikely right now. When healthy, the Eagles will have a capable offensive line that should limit Celek having to pass block, something he's been called on to do a lot over the last several years. Until we see more, no Eagle TE is more than a low-end TE2 option to draft right now and probably won't even get drafted in typical leagues. But Celek and Ertz certainly have some potential in this offense.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:26am
Ertz, who often split wide at Stanford, was not asked to run-block much in college. But he will be required to do so in Kelly's system. Celek blocked out of every formation. Ertz did as well and struggled against the Patriots.
Ertz's blocking could limit his playing time for a while until it improves, but his future looks pretty bright. That will likely limit his fantasy production, despite the fact he could gets some targets. Right now, it appears Celek is the clear TE1 on the Birds. Ironically, James Casey received no snaps with the first team.
TE Zach Ertz "as good as advertised"
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:23pm
Eagles TE Zach Ertz has been as good as advertised. The guess here is that he’ll end the season with more catches and receiving yards than Brent Celek or James Casey. Ertz has had some drops, but he’s also made some great catches. He’s lined up out wide a lot in the last two weeks.
Celek has been steady, but Ertz figures to take away a chunk of his targets.
Ertz is a TE2-type to monitor this August, though rookie tight ends are rarely fantasy relevant.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:55am
The Eagles don't plan to go outside the organization to replace Jeremy Maclin, which was a huge loss. With Cooper now in trouble for a racial slur, it makes sense the Birds look for more production from what is a deep group of tight ends. Celek probably has the most value of the three but it appears he could lose some work to the versatile Casey and rookie Ertz, who has even lined up on the outside at times in camp.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:54am
Ertz will likely stay behind Brent Celek and even utility guy James Casey, but all three have a chance to earn more playing time with the loss of WR Jeremy Maclin and the team unlikely to go outside the organization to replace him. Still, of the three, Celek is most likely to have the best fantasy value at this point.