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TE Brent Celek - Philadelphia Eagles

6-4, 250Born: 1-25-1985College: CincinnatiDrafted: Round 5

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Week 20: vs Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Eagles passing offense has looked much different with Nick Foles under center for these last four games versus the Carson Wentz tenure before his Week 14 injury. While Foles looked impressive in his Week 15 debut, he left a lot to be desired Weeks 16 and 17 while turning in a very mediocre performance in last week's game against the Falcons. To the defense of Foles though, he was used in much more of a game management role last week as the Eagles elected to hand the ball off on nearly half of their snaps while Foles very rarely attempted a pass downfield with an average of only 5.2 yards per target. Foles did show a much-improved chemistry with top receiver Alshon Jeffrey last week though, completing four of five passes for 61 yards to Jeffrey in that game after completing only five of 14 targets for 57 yards to Jeffrey over his last three games prior. Jeffrey has been a touchdown magnet in the latter part of this season for the Eagles, scoring seven times in the last nine games of the season after scoring only twice in his first seven outings. Jeffrey is on a three-game drought right now though as the last time he found the end zone was Week 15 against the Giants. Zach Ertz has been a huge red zone threat for the Eagles as well, and he was coming off a couple of nice games in his last two full starts leading into the playoffs. Ertz did not have a good showing last week though as he only managed three receptions for 32 yards. The Vikings pass defense got off to a hot start last week as they shut down the Saints offense, allowing no points while intercepting Drew Brees twice before halftime. After the half though, this unit imploded as they gave up a slew of yards and three touchdowns on their way to allowing what would have been one of the biggest postseason comebacks in history if not for the heroism of that Vikings offense to save the day. It is tough to apply harsh judgment on this unit after one half of bad play though, especially considering it was against one of the best quarterbacks in the league. This defense had such a dominant regular season, allowing the second-fewest passing yards per game (192), second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, and fewest fantasy points to both wide receivers and tight ends. One of the big strengths of this defense has been it's defensive line. While they tallied only 37 sacks in the regular season, the Vikings front seven has been a terrifying group for opposing offensive lines. The Vikings should have the advantage in the trenches against the Eagles offensive line this week, particularly on the left side as Everson Griffen will match up against Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Vaitai has filled in for the injured Jason Peters for the past few weeks, and based on Vatai's performance, Griffen should clearly win these matchups and prove to be a consistent nuisance for Nick Foles. The Vikings secondary is in good hands as well, with top cornerback Xavier Rhodes expected to shadow Alshon Jeffrey this week. While Rhodes did get banged up in last week's game, he did not appear on the injury report and is expected to be good for Sunday. Rhodes should limit Jeffrey's upside as not many receivers have found success against his coverage this season. Zach Ertz should be looked after by either linebacker Eric Kendricks or star safety Harrison Smith. Regardless of who is covering Ertz though, he is in a tough spot as the Vikings finished the regular season allowing the league's fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends with no touchdowns to the position since Week 5. Vikings starting free safety Andrew Sendejo was having a spectacular game before being forced off the field with a concussion last week. He is now moving through the protocol, so keep an eye on his status coming into this Sunday's game as Sendejo's absence could help open things up for some extra deep balls by this Eagles passing offense. Slot cornerback Terence Newman was limited last week with a foot injury, yielding some snaps to rookie Mackensie Alexander, which is quite the downgrade at the position. Newman appeared to get through the game without significant setbacks, but still, keep an eye on this as a high snap share for Alexander could bode well for Eagles slot receiver Nelson Agholor.

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