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Why Brent Celek is a Great Start Against the Seahawks


Tired of trying to figure out whether Ed Dickson, Fred Davis, Brandon Pettigrew, Jake Ballard, Scott Chandler, Heath Miller or even Jermichael Finley are going to get it done for you at the tight end position each week?

Go ahead and get it out of your system tonight; go pick up and start a tight end that has been better than all of the aforementioned in points per game over the last month.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek is 11th in points per game from the tight end position over the last four weeks at 8.95 in Athlon’s half-PPR scoring format and is owned in just 37 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Tonight, the Eagles, with Vince Young at quarterback in place of Michael Vick, travel to play a Seahawks team that has recently been forgiving to teams that use the tight end.

Last week, Washington’s Fred Davis caught four of four targets for 58 yards and a score. In Week 10, Baltimore’s Ed Dickson caught 10 of 14 targets for 79 yards and two scores. In Week 9, Dallas’ Jason Witten caught four of seven targets for 71 yards and a score. That’s an average of 17.9 fantasy points per game from the three teams’ No. 1 tight end.

So the groundwork has been laid for Celek to have success.

Young has targeted Celek six times apiece in the last two games, to which he has caught 11 balls for 135 yards. It continued the resurgence for Celek after being relatively absent the first five weeks of the season.

He caught five balls for 75 yards in Week 12, and has been above 7.3 points, including three double-digit days in the last six games. This comes after four of five games below 1.9 in the first five weeks.

With Celek back in the mix, Young willing to go to the tight end, Seattle’s willingness to let the tight end position succeed and the Eagles having no Jeremy Maclin due to injury and RB LeSean McCoy nursing a bum toe, Celek is a good bet for 10-12 points tonight without a score. Give him a TD, and you’re off to a good start in Week 13.

By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter