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Eagles: Brent Celek is Taking Flight | NFL Fantasy Football Rankings

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This season has truly been a breakout year for Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek. With such are solid performance one has to question why Celek wasn’t a full time start before this year?

One of the reasons Celek wasn’t used more often in his first two years is because L.J. Smith was still with the team. Towards the end of last season and in the playoffs Celek proved why he was a worthy every week starter to head coach Andy Reid.

In the offseason Smith left and signed with the Ravens, leaving the door open for Celek to start full time.

Taking Flight

This summer I liked the explosion that the Eagles’ offense was putting together for the big play. Donovan McNabb has always been good at throwing the football vertically and with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin at receiver, I figured this team would excel down the field.

My main question (outside of Brian Westbrook’s health) was, “how would the Eagles find a steady target inside the red zone. “

The natural answer to this question pointed to the Eagles new starting tight end Celek as he had the size that the Eagles’ receivers lacked for success in close quarters.

So far, Celek is providing that target for McNabb and is on his way to the pro bowl (probably not, but he deserves it) if he continues this success.

In his first eight games of the year Celek has 40 receptions for 486 yards and four touchdowns. This means he is on pace for a total of 80 receptions for 972 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Not only is Celek having a solid year for his team, but he is making fantasy football owners smile with steady production throughout the season.

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Look for Celek to continue this strong play throughout the second half of the fantasy football season. The Eagles have a huge need for what he provides in the middle of the field and down inside the red zone.

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Hopefully, the Eagles offensive line will get better over the course of the next month as this will help McNabb and Celek continue their strong production.

Celek may or may not reach 1,000 yards receiving this season, but I do believe he has a chance to score double digit touchdowns this year.

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