Travis Kelce just had the best year of his career in 2017, and he will look to build off that performance this season. Kelce finished last year as the No. 2 tight end in standard leagues, and he was No. 1 in PPR. He should be considered the No. 2 Fantasy tight end coming into the season behind Rob Gronkowski, and Kelce is worth drafting toward the end of Round 2 or beginning of Round 3 in the majority of leagues. Kelce does get a new quarterback this year in Patrick Mahomes, who is replacing the departed Alex Smith, and the Chiefs added more talent to the receiving corps after they signed free agent Sammy Watkins from the Rams. Still, Mahomes could be a boost for Kelce's Fantasy value since he has a big arm and might take more chances down the field than Smith. And Watkins shouldn't detract from Kelce enough in the production department to scare Fantasy owners from drafting him. Kelce is an elite player at a premium position, and he should once again be a standout Fantasy option in 2018.
Kelce is present for the start of the Chiefs' offseason workouts, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. Kelce approaches the team's OTAs healthy now that he's well past the concussion he suffered back in January during the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. The Chiefs' 2017 reception leader (83 on 123 targets) will be working with second-year QB Patrick Mahomes, now that Alex Smith has relocated to Washington. Mahomes' arm strength should allow for more downfield shots in the Kansas City passing game, with the team's wideout corps headed by Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. The arrival of Watkins should draw some defensive attention away from both Hill and Kelce, which could perhaps make up for some of the target volume the newcomer is liable to soak up.
Head coach Andy Reid said Kelce (concussion) "probably would have been alright for the upcoming week" had the Chiefs advanced past the wild-card round of the playoffs. Kelce was noticeably wobbly after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday's loss to the Titans. Reids' comments suggest the tight end isn't experiencing any significant side effects in the aftermath of the injury. Under contract with the Chiefs through 2021, Kelce should be operating at full speed when OTAs commence in late April.
Kelce (concussion) was ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's wild-card game against the Titans, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Kelce was taken straight to the locker room following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans safety Jonathan Cyprien at the end of the first half and has now entered the concussion protocol. The star tight end didn't seem likely to return after being clearly wobbly on the field, and his status for next weekend's potential divisional-round matchup is now in question.
Kelce (head) left Saturday's wild-card game against the Titans, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. With less than two minutes remaining before halftime, Kelce took a helmet to the head from Titans safety Jonathan Cyprien at the end of his fourth catch of the afternoon. As Kelce got to his feet, he was clearly wobbly but was able to run the last 15-20 yards to the sideline before going to the locker room. It'd be a surprise if he doesn't land in the concussion protocol, but upcoming examinations will determine whether a return is possible.
Kelce caught four passes on eight targets for 47 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. Kelce hasn't gone over 50 receiving yards in either of the last two weeks, but he did reach the end zone for the first time since Week 13 with a nice snag on a high pass from quarterback Alex Smith. The 28-year-old tight end leads his position group with 83 receptions and sits only behind Rob Gronkowski (1,084) with 1,038 receiving yards entering a Week 17 matchup with the Broncos.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
|3||09/23||San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|6||10/15||@New England Patriots||15||6.42|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|15||12/14||Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
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