The question isn't whether or not Travis Kelce is the consensus top tight end in Fantasy Football (he is, duh), the question is when to draft him. If you don't like playing the waiver wire or dealing with middling tight end results, or if you just like plain ol' safe picks, then you should crave Kelce. If you're a little more adventurous or like to stock up on running backs early, you should pass. Another factor is league scoring: Kelce's averaged at least 6.0 more Fantasy points per game in PPR in each of his past three seasons. That makes him a little less enticing in half- and non-PPR formats. You also shouldn't expect him to repeat the 20.3 PPR points per game (13.3 in non-PPR) he had in 2020. Coming close is a possibility, though -- he slammed home a 17.9 PPR average in 2018 (11.4 in non-PPR) with an electric Patrick Mahomes and was a few points down from there in 2019 when Mahomes didn't play 16 games. Thus, Kelce is a no-brainer in the back-half of Round 1 in PPR formats if you're looking for a proven, safe, consistent player, especially one at a tough-to-fill position. He's better reserved for early/middle Round 2 in leagues where catches don't count as much or at all.
Kelce (back) is practicing Saturday, Aaron Ladd of KSHB 41 News reports. Kelce exited Thursday's practice with back tightness, but his return to the practice field two days later suggests the issue was minor. The star tight end is primed for another strong campaign after reaching the 1,000-yard mark in each of the past five seasons.
Kelce was removed from practice Thursday due to hip and back tightness, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. It's likely nothing to worry about this early in camp. Kelce has played 15 or 16 games in seven straight seasons, topping 850 snaps in each of the past six and 1,000 yards in each of the past five.
Kelce caught 10 of 15 targets for 133 yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. Kelce led the Chiefs in both targets and yards Sunday, and he capped the postseason with three straight games over 100 receiving yards. Still, as the Chiefs' offensive line (sans both starting tackles) proved unable to match Tampa Bay's pass rush and protect an already-hobbled Patrick Mahomes, Kelce's ability to move the chains wasn't enough to keep the offense competitive. The normally sure handed tight end also dropped a potentially game-changing third-down pass in the first half. Still, Kelce is coming off a season in which he set the all-time tight end yardage record (1,416) while also scoring a career-high 11 touchdowns, and he's now logged three straight campaigns with over 1,200 receiving yards. He's locked in as the unquestioned top tight end for 2021 fantasy drafts, assuming there are no questions about Mahomes' health after he undergoes offseason toe surgery, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports is expected. The only question will be whether Kelce warrants a first-round selection.
Kelce secured 13 of his 15 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 38-24 win against the Bills in the AFC Championship Game. Kelce evidently has Buffalo's number, as he does most every team in the NFL, with his only other multi-TD performance of the season coming Week 6 against the Bills. It was a seemingly favorable matchup, with Buffalo surrendering an NFL-worst 92 receptions to opposing tight ends during the regular season. Kelce predictably cashed in. The three-time All-Pro enjoyed a ludicrous start to the playoff rematch, setting a Chiefs franchise postseason record with nine first-half receptions Sunday. Heading into a Super Bowl matchup against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Feb. 7, Kelce carries a streak of six consecutive outings with 10-plus targets and at least one TD catch.
Kelce caught eight of 11 targets for 109 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round. Kelce scored from 20 yards out early in the second quarter as the Chiefs controlled the game early, but the momentum shifted after quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion in the third quarter. The tight end continued to be effective with Chad Henne under center, making catches of five and 24 yards. Even if Mahomes is unable to play against the Bills in next week's AFC Championship Game, Kelce should still thrive against a Buffalo defense that has struggled to defend tight ends all season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|6||10/17||@Washington Football Team||9||6.47|
|8||11/01||New York Giants||10||6.63|
|9||11/07||Green Bay Packers||5||5.78|
|10||11/14||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|14||12/12||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|15||12/16||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||144||102||1327||9||71||13.01||184|