After handling the fantasy football expectations for the Philadelphia Eagles running backs and wide receivers, it is time to move on to the tight ends. With the expansion of the positions’ role within in offenses, expect to see very good production across the NFL this season. The question is with the amount of depth on the Eagles roster, will any player stand out? With many fantasy leagues allowing tight ends as a flex option now, they have much more value.
The Philadelphia Eagles return all three tight ends from the the 2013, while also signing some undrafted free agents this season, to provide the team with a versatile unit.
Celek has been the most consistent contributor for the Eagles for the past several years. He has played in all but one game in his first seven seasons, as a reliable target in the middle of the field and in the red zone. Though Celek has never been a game-changer at the position, he has good hands and strong leadership skills Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will continue to lean on.
His best season came in 2009 when he accumulated career highs with 971 yards and eight touchdowns. It is unrealistic to think he will ever regain that form, but will have moments and games making his fantasy status worth while on a roster. Kelly has built his offense with many diverse options, with Celek filling a specific role on third downs and in the end zone.
Though he has never been a fantasy stud, he is a solid back up option available late in any draft or on the waiver wire. Expect more of the same when it come to Brent Celek in 2014.
Prediction: 604 receiving yards, 5 toucdowns
Ertz has been on many “experts” short list of possible breakout players in the upcoming season. He flashed some big play ability and seemed to become more comfortable in his role as the season grew on. His best performance of his rookie season was at home against the Arizona Cardinals, where he gained 68 yards and touchdowns in a key victory, against a top defense.
Standing at 6’5″ 250 lbs., Ertz is one of the biggest targets for the Philadelphia Eagles. But he also displays good speed to get seperation from linebackers and safeties. Expect many explosive plays in the middle of the field, as he develops a better rapport with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.
When drafting your team, there are several high potential tight end options available in the late rounds; Ertz may be the best one. He will likely be the first Eagles tight end selected and could finish as one of the biggest fantasy steals in 2014.
Prediction: 812 yards, 10 touchdowns
After signing a rather lucrative deal last off season, Casey was essentially non-existent in the Eagles offense. He is a natural H-back, meaning he is utilized as a lead blocker and short route option. He never had tremendous production throughout his career but can be a valuable piece to an offense.
If Kelly continues his pledge to run the ball more often, expect to see Casey on the field more often. Though he has no real fantasy value now, if one of the other tight ends were to miss time due to injury, you should pay close attention how he is utilized within the offense.
Prediction: 142 yards, 1 toucdown