With Jimmy Graham and Allen Robinson gone, and Byron Pringle and Velus Jones the only notable additions to the Bears receiving corps, Kmet will be one of the most trendy breakout picks at tight end. Kmet is one of the most explosive athletes at the position (88th percentile vertical jump, 89th percentile broad jump) and arguably the highest-upside player at the position aside from those being taken as top-10 picks. The best Fantasy tight ends finish first or second on their teams in targets, and Kmet has a very clear shot at being precisely that for the Bears. You should shrug off his lack of touchdowns from 2021 and expect Kmet to be a factor for the Bears most weeks. Round 9 or later is fine to take him.
Kmet caught four passes for 48 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 60 receptions for 612 yards. As a rookie in 2020, Kmet started to become a significant part of the offense down the stretch, and he built on that this year, more than doubling his targets, receptions and yardage in his sophomore campaign. He'll enter the third year of his four-year rookie deal in 2022, and he could be viewed as a breakout option if Jimmy Graham doesn't return since such a development would potentially lead to more red-zone targets. He's likely to be selected as a top-18 tight end in 2022 fantasy drafts.
Kmet caught two of four targets for 25 yards in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday. Kmet finished third on the team in targets, but the Chicago passing attack was inefficient, and Darnell Mooney was the only Bears pass catcher who had success in this contest. With at least three receptions in each of his last six games, he'll have a solid scoring floor in Week 18 against the Vikings.
Kmet caught four passes for 49 yards in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Kmet was quiet throughout the first half before posting production while the Bears were mounting a late comeback. Although he didn't score, he was overthrown by Nick Foles in the end zone, and he was later upstaged by fellow tight end Jimmy Graham, who scored his third red-zone touchdown over the Bears' last five games. With at least 41 yards in four of his last five games, Kmet will be a high-floor fantasy option in Week 17 against the Giants.
Kmet caught six passes for 71 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday. Kmet led the Bears in targets and he frequently had plenty of room to operate in the middle of the field, helping him post a solid yardage total. He was also open for a potential touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but Justin Fields threw the ball behind where it needed to be, and the ball was knocked away. Although he hasn't scored all year, he's posted at least 41 yards in three of his last four games, and he'll be a potential fantasy starter for the duration of the fantasy playoffs.
Kmet (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice. Kmet was one of eight Bears who didn't take part in Thursday's walk-through session on account of an illness. All but one of those players returned to the field Friday as full participants, temporarily alleviating some concern about a team-wide COVID-19 breakout. With that in mind, Kmet looks in line to fill his normal role as the Bears' starting tight end Monday against the Vikings.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.60|
|2||09/18||@Green Bay Packers||22||7.67|
|4||10/02||@New York Giants||12||5.88|
|7||10/24||@New England Patriots||6||5.00|
|12||11/27||@New York Jets||27||8.82|
|13||12/04||Green Bay Packers||22||7.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||68||44||428||1||20||9.73||48|