Fantasy Football Week 13: Start Brent Celek

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIDecember 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball after catching a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Aside from the two workhorse running backs in tonight's NFL contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, there aren't many players worthy of starting in your fantasy leagues. That is not the case for Eagles tight end Brent Celek, however.

After a slow start to his season, Celek has really come on over the last several weeks. His hot streak, combined with the Seahawks' propensity to allow heavy production to tight ends, in that time makes Celek a strong start in Week 13.

The best news is that Celek may even be available in your league, and makes for a strong plug-and-play option. He's had at least 50 yards in his last five games and seems to be one of the favorite targets of quarterback Vince Young.

Seattle, meanwhile, allowed 10 catches and two scores to relatively unknown tight end Ed Dickson a few weeks ago against Baltimore. Jason Witten and Fred Davis also reached pay-dirt in recent games against the Seahawks, meaning Celek has a great chance for a score tonight.

Another factor that might help Celek have a nice night is the fact that LeSean McCoy is dealing with a toe problem. That should mean the Eagles, a normally pass-heavy team, will air it out even more in a desperation game for their playoff hopes.

The tight end position has proven to be deep in fantasy leagues, but Celek is worth a look this week unless you own one of the every-week studs. If you have been counting on a struggling Brandon Pettigrew or Owen Daniels or a Fred Davis who has a brutal matchup this week, move Celek into your starting lineup now.