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87 Travis Kelce TE

Kansas City Chiefs

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412101955
Taking a look at the tight end waiver wire
by Chris Towers |

With key players like Vernon Davis (back), Niles Paul (concussion), Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Tyler Eifert (elbow) dealing with injuries, finding help on the waiver wire might be the key to success at the tight end position. Here are some of Jamey Eisenberg's thoughts on the best pickups for this week.

Larry Donnell of the Giants and Travis Kelce are likely to be the most-added tight ends when waivers run Wednesday morning, and Jamey admits to being "torn" on which he prefers. Dwayne Allen of the Colts, Garrett Graham of the Texans and Reed round out the top-five, while Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Clay Harbor and Jace Amaro are sleeper adds for deep leagues.

Charles Clay of the Dolphins and Ladarius Green of the Chargers are considered drop-worthy, if you need a roster spot. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412086675
Still some questions for Travis Kelce
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who caught the attention of Fantasy owners with his big-play ability in the preseason and showed flashes of it through the first three weeks, finally turned in the performance everyone was hoping to see Week 4 against New England, emerging as quarterback Alex Smith's favorite target after playing just a peripheral role in the passing game earlier in the year.

Is it validation that Kelce is a starting-caliber tight end in Fantasy? I'd say so. He now has two games with 80-plus receiving yards and two touchdowns in a span of four weeks, making him the eighth-best tight end in standard scoring. That says a lot right there.

But is he so good that you should feel comfortable shopping Jimmy Graham if you happen to own both? I'm not ready to make that leap. For one thing, the Chiefs passing game isn't the most stable in the league. A different player has led the team in targets each week. For another, Kelce doesn't see the field all that much -- at least not like we're used to seeing from the league's top tight ends. He played only 52 percent of the team's snaps Monday, down from 65 percent in Week 3. He played less than 40 percent of their snaps each of the first two weeks.

Because the Chiefs are lacking a standout wide receiver, I believe that number is more likely to rise than fall going forward. But until we see that it is rising consistently, Kelce remains a solid but not especially high-end starter at tight end.

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Travis Kelce unstoppable on MNF
by Larry Hartstein |

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce dominated the Patriots on Monday Night Football, catching eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown while running through several tackles. Kelce drew a team-high nine targets and set career highs in catches and receiving yards.

Kelce, whose long gainer went 33 yards, scored on a 2-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He's up to 18 catches, 259 yards and two touchdowns. Kelce visits the 49ers in Week 5.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411768861
What to do if Vernon Davis doesn't play
by Chris Towers |

49ers tight end Vernon Davis obviously makes for a risky play in Week 4 against the Eagles, as he is a game-time decision with an ankle injury.

Davis will try to test out his ankle before the game, so we should know his status around 90 minutes before their 4:25 pm EST kickoff. If you have a Davis replacement ready to slide into the lineup, make sure it is someone set to play at 4:00 pm EST or later.

Some options to consider might be Ladarius Green of the Chargers (50 percent owned), Travis Kelce (69 percent) or Anthony Fasano (3 percent) of the Chiefs, Josh Hill of the Saints (0 percent), or Davis' backup Derek Carrier (3 percent). 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411503389
Travis Kelce's growing role a good thing
by Chris Towers |

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will be a hot name on the waiver wire ahead of Week 4, after breaking through for his first NFL touchdown. Kelce already ranks 10th among tight ends in Fantasy scoring, despite being featured on just 45.1 percent of the team's snaps through three games, a good sign moving forward.

Kelce played just 50 snaps in the team's first two games, but was on the field 47 times on offense in Week 3, 65 percent of the team's plays. He turned that into just three catches for 36 yards, but made up for it with a touchdown, and should get more looks moving forward.

Kelce has a tough matchup on the way in Week 4, as the Chiefs get set to take on the Patriots this Sunday. New England has allowed just 4.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, the third-lowest total in the league. Kelce might not pay immediate dividends as a waiver-wire pickup this week, but his growing role should lead to good things before long. 

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