This is the seventh installment of my ongoing series Fantasy Hot List, to discuss the players that are not necessarily at the absolute top of most draft boards but could conceivably provide outstanding value for your fantasy football squad.
The last few seasons in Fantasy Football, the most difficult position to get consistent results from has been Tight End. Tony Gonzalez's Chiefs went from one of the highest scoring teams in the NFL to one of the lowest, and Antonio Gates and Jeremy Shockey have been slowed by injuries. Kellen Winslow, Greg Olsen, Chris Cooley, Zach Miller and Owen Daniels have all suffered from inconsistent quarterback play, to name just a few of the TE's who will be taken first off of most Fantasy draft boards this year. Even stud Jason Witten may lose touches with the continued emergence of Martellus Bennett.
Often injured former Eagles starter L.J. Smith is now a Baltimore Raven, leaving the TE position Brent Celek's to lose. Drafted in 2007, his hard work began to reap rewards last season. Each week Donovan McNabb's trust in Celek grew, and in Week 9 he set an Eagles TE record with 131 yards receiving. In the playoffs, if it weren't for Larry Fitzgerald blowing up, Celek may have been the biggest buzz going, catching 19 balls and 3 TDs (third most in NFL history for a TE), including 10 catches for 83 yards and 2 TDs versus the Cardinals in the NFC Championship game.
He is a big target, strong and athletic, his QB has confidence in him, and is one of the Eagles better red zone targets. While it is true rookie WR Jeremy Maclin could eat into his touches, Brent Celek is TE a sleeper with tremendous upside should his growth as a player continue.