In my most recent fantasy football post, I looked which tight ends you should target for your virtual team.
For our beloved Eagles, I have two who make the cut.
At number five comes Clay Harbor, who did a good job in a reserve role last season, but is destined to see more snaps in 2012.
Here’s what I have to say about him:
As the Philadelphia Eagles’ No. 2 tight end, one may assume that Clay Harbor’s fantasy value is directly linked to the health of Brent Celek, but this is far from the truth.
With left tackle Jason Peters expected to miss the entire season, Philadelphia will utilize Harbor as another blocker to alleviate quarterback pressure.
After experiencing plenty of success in 2011, the Eagles are looking to employ more two tight end sets this season. This means that Harbor should be on the field for more than just 29.7 percent of all offensive snaps in 2012, and will see his opportunities rise dramatically.
The 6’3” tight end should become a solid red-zone option for Michael Vick and receive a healthy number of targets with such dangerous weapons surrounding him.
Keep the third-year pro on your fantasy radar, but don’t roster him until he’s proven to be reliable.
Coming in at number three is none other than “Iron Man” Brent Celek himself. Here’s why:
On a Philadelphia Eagles team with explosive wideouts and an emerging star at running back, the man in the middle is often overlooked.
Although fantasy owners had to wait until Week 8 for Brent Celek to amass 50 receiving yards in one game, he is not just some consolation prize for those who miss out on the elite class of fantasy tight ends.
By overcoming a slow start, Celek finished the year strong and collected 62 receptions, 811 yards and five touchdowns while playing the entire season with a sports hernia and torn labrum in his left hip.
After undergoing successful offseason surgery to fix both nagging injuries, he should return as a top candidate to make his first Pro Bowl and as one of the most reliable options at his position.