Player Outlook
For the first time since 2016, Kelce was not the No. 1 Fantasy tight end in 2021. He was only No. 2, finishing just behind Mark Andrews. Kelce will look to get back on top this season, and he should benefit with Tyreek Hill no longer in Kansas City. Kelce is worth drafting again as early as Round 1 in the majority of leagues. He could see a spike in targets with Hill gone, and in Kelce's two best seasons of his career (2020 and 2018) he had at least 145 targets. You might be concerned that Kelce could slow down at 32, but we still expect him to produce at a high level. Patrick Mahomes needs a big season from Kelce without Hill, and Fantasy managers should reap the benefits.

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2021 92 1125 12.23 9 3 1.50 17010.6
2020 105 1416 13.49 11 0.00 20713.8
3y Avg. 98 1257 12.83 8 2 2.00 17711.1
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Fantasy News

  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Agrees to contract adjustment

    Kelce and the Chiefs agreed to terms on an adjusted contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Kelce's new deal increases his salary for the 2022 campaign, and while the move which should keep the star tight end happy for this season, it doesn't address a potential contract dispute down the road. The 32-year-old is under contract with Kansas City through 2025, on a deal which looks like a relative bargain for the team considering that Kelce is coming off six consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns. His role on offense will be especially key in 2022 in the wake of the Chiefs' decision to trade Tyreek Hill, but as early as the 2023 offseason, Kelce's contract could once again surface as an issue that needs to be addressed.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Not worried about contract

    Kelce said "you can't pay me enough" when KSHB 41's Aaron Ladd asked him if he's underpaid, but the tight end also suggested he isn't concerned with his contract right now, noting that he'll "let everyone else worry about the money situation." It's probably not news to Kelce that he's signed extensions early and lost some money because of it. He's still been among the highest-paid tight ends in the league most years, which nonetheless makes him a bargain for the Chiefs when he puts up receiving stats more like a top WR than a top TE. The 32-year-old most recently signed an extension in August 2020, keeping him under contract through 2025 with projected cap hits of $8.9 million (2022), $14.7 million (2023), $16.4 million (2024) and $18.7 million (2025) -- good pay for a TE; not so much for someone with 5,106 receiving yards over the past four years. Another extension wouldn't make sense given his age, unless it's just adding dummy years for cap reasons, but the Chiefs could give Kelce a modest raise this season or next to keep him happy. He isn't holding out and is poised for a busy 2022 after the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to Miami this spring.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Strong performance in playoff loss

    Kelce caught 10 of 11 targets for 95 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. Kelce was Kansas City's leader in targets, catches and receiving yards, producing yet another superb playoff performance. He racked up at least 95 receiving yards in all six of Kansas City's playoff games over the past two seasons while scoring six touchdowns in those contests. The tight end's five-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter gave the Chiefs a 14-3 lead, but the Bengals stormed back from an 11-point halftime deficit to pull off the upset. Coming off a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaign, Kelce is poised to remain one of the league's most productive tight ends next season.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Scores winning TD in OT

    Kelce caught eight of nine targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over Buffalo. Kelce saved his biggest contributions for last in this one. The tight end's 25-yard catch-and-run in the final seconds of the fourth quarter set up Harrison Butker's game-tying 49-yard field goal as time expired. The Chiefs got the ball first in overtime, and Kelce ended it eight plays later with an eight-yard touchdown catch. He's a key cog in a brilliant Kansas City offense that should maintain its productive ways in the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Scores ninth touchdown

    Kelce recorded four receptions on five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-24 win over Denver. Kelce was involved early in the game, as he capped Kansas City's opening drive with a three-yard touchdown reception. Otherwise, he was limited in impact, though he did log a pair of 12-yard catches. Though Kelce has been limited to under 50 receiving yards in four of his last five games, he's also also found the end zone on four occasions in his last three contests. All told, Kelce closes the regular season having topped 1,000 yards for the seventh consecutive season, though it was his worst production since 2017.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Cools off after early TD

    Kelce caught five of seven targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Bengals. He had minus-1 yard on one rushing attempt. Kelce scored from three yards out in the first quarter and came inches from scoring his second touchdown of the game in the second. He was ruled just short and Darrel Williams scored on the ground on the next play. After looking unstoppable in the first half en route to a 28-17 lead, the entire Chiefs offense struggled in the second half as Cincinnati came back to end Kansas City's winning streak at eight games. With the top seed in the AFC still up for grabs, Kelce and the rest of the Chiefs stars should see their usual heavy workload in Week 18 against the Broncos.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Returns with full practice

    Kelce (illness) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report after being removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list. A full practice at the beginning of the week suggests Kelce may be on track to handle his normal workload Sunday in Cincinnati after missing the Chiefs' Week 16 win over Pittsburgh. Teammate Tyreek Hill played only 42 percent of the snaps on offense against Pittsburgh after recovering from his own bout with COVID-19, but Kelce will have had more time to rest and regain his strength before the upcoming matchup with the Bengals.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Returning to practice

    Kelce (illness) is on track to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list to take part in practice Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Kelce's impending return to practice puts him on track to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, following his absence during the Chiefs' win over the Steelers last weekend. Most of his vacated snaps went to backup tight end Noah Gray, but wide receivers Byron Pringle and Mecole Hardman did most of the damage in the passing game with Kelce out and Tyreek Hill playing limited snaps. Kelce should have time to ramp up before Sunday, assuming all goes well in practice Wednesday.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Officially ruled out for Week 16

    The Chiefs downgraded Kelce (not injury related) from questionable to out in advance of Sunday's game against the Steelers. Though the Chiefs reinstated Kelce from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the transaction was made with the hope that he would fully clear the NFL's return-to-play COVID-19 protocols ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, as of Sunday morning, Kelce was either still symptomatic of the virus or was unable to submit a second consecutive negative test result, so the star tight end will be sidelined for the first time this season. Blake Bell, Noah Gray and Nakia Griffin-Stewart are the Chiefs' available options at tight end, but none of the three is likely to take on the massive role in the passing game that Kelce typically handles.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Not available Week 16

    Kelce (illness), who remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, won't be available for the contest after he was unable to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Though Kansas City reinstated Kelce from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, the team only made the transaction so he would be on the 53-man roster and therefore eligible to play if he cleared the protocol Sunday morning. Kelce either hasn't tested negative twice at least 24 hours apart or is still experiencing symptoms of the virus, so he'll be forced to miss his first game of the season. The Chiefs will officially confirm Kelce as out with the release of their inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Look for a combination of Blake Bell and Noah Gray to cover most of the snaps at tight end in Kelce's stead.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Off COVID list, now listed as questionable

    The Chiefs have activated Kelce (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 reserve list and added him to the team's injury report as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Kelce has yet to clear COVID protocols, but the Chiefs are holding out hope that he may gain clearance ahead of Sunday's 4:25 ET game against the Steelers. If that doesn't happen, Kelce can then be made inactive by the team. Next up for the team's TE looks if Kelce isn't available Sunday are Blake Bell and Noah Gray.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Not yet cleared, but chance to play

    Though Kelce (illness) has yet to clear COVID protocols, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it looks likely that the Chiefs will activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers. Such a move would make Kelce eligible to suit up in Week 16 if he clears the necessary protocols, with Adam Schefter of ESPN noting that the star tight end "still has a shot" to do so prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Headed to COVID list

    The Chiefs placed Kelce on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kelce is vaccinated, which means his placement on the list is the result of a positive test. Due the NFL's new COVID-19 return-to-play protocols, Kelce could be cleared in advance of Sunday's game against the Steelers if he's asymptomatic of the virus. For the time being, however, Kansas City's available tight ends are Blake Bell and Noah Gray.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Career-best yardage total in win

    Kelce brought in 10 of 13 targets for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 34-28 overtime win over the Chargers on Thursday night. Kelce paced the Chiefs in receiving yardage with what was a career-high tally, and the second of his two touchdowns, a 34-yarder in overtime, sealed the comeback win for Kansas City. The perennial Pro Bowler had also hauled in a game-tying seven-yard scoring strike from Patrick Mahomes with 1:16 remaining in regulation to give him his first multi-touchdown day since Week 1 against the Browns. Kelce's first opportunity to follow up what was a season high in receptions comes in a Week 16 home matchup a week from Sunday.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Quiet in Sunday's win

    Kelce had three receptions on eight targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 22-9 win over the Broncos. The Broncos seemed committed to limiting the Chiefs' top two offensive options, and the strategy was effective in keeping the score close for the majority of the contest. This also resulted in a poor fantasy showing from Kelce, who produced his worst fantasy line this year in formats that award any points for receptions. The 31-year-old has responded with 50-plus yards and a touchdown in each of the two games following duds like Sunday's, so look for Kelce to bounce back in a favorable matchup against the Raiders next week.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Finds end zone in win

    Kelce caught five of eight targets for 74 yards and took his only carry for a four-yard touchdown in Sunday's 19-9 win over the Cowboys. The tight end had a respectable showing through the air and boosted his production with his second career rushing TD in the first quarter -- coincidentally, the first one also came on a four-yard run back in 2019. Kelce has already topped 800 receiving yards on the season, and he'll get a well-deserved rest over a Week 12 bye as he steams toward his sixth straight 1,000-yard campaign.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Breaks century mark in win

    Kelce had eight receptions (10 targets) for 119 yards in Sunday's 41-14 win over Las Vegas. Kelce was a key cog in Kansas City's offensive onslaught, as he helped block Raiders top pass rusher Maxx Crosby while also gaining consistent chunks of yardage. Most of the star tight end's damage came on shorter chip-and-release routes before letting his YAC skills take over. Kelce has been the Chiefs' most consistent offensive player so far this year with 62 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns through 10 contests. The 31-year-old will look to keep things rolling in a Week 11 matchup with the Cowboys.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Finds end zone

    Kelce caught five passes for 68 yards and one touchdown on eight targets against Green Bay on Sunday. Kelce wasn't exactly dominant, and the touchdown occurred near the goal line off play action, but it was still an encouraging box score for Kelce, especially given the broader struggles of the Kansas City passing game. Patrick Mahomes threw for only 166 yards and one touchdown, so with that in mind Kelce's numbers begin to look better. In addition, Mahomes seemed to miss Kelce on a couple plays that might have been easy completions if Mahomes hadn't thrown it elsewhere. The Chiefs passing game has struggled for over a month now, and Kelce's numbers have suffered for it, but for this game at least Kelce was just a couple beats away from posting numbers more like the pre-slump level of production his fantasy managers have come to expect. The Chiefs go to Las Vegas for a high-stakes game against the Raiders in Week 10.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Fumbles in underwhelming effort

    Kelce caught four of seven targets for 27 yards and lost a fumble in Monday night's 20-17 win over the Giants. Kelce's performance was his worst of the season, as he was sparingly involved prior to coughing the ball up during the third quarter. The tight end rebounded with a strong gain afterward, but overall it was an outing to forget for Kelce. He'll strive to return to his usual heights in Week 9 versus the Packers.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Racks up 12 targets

    Kelce recorded seven receptions on 12 targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Titans. Kelce drew double-digit targets for the fourth time in his last five games and also led the team. However, the offense was out of sync for large portions of the game, so he finished under 100 receiving yards for the fourth consecutive contest. Kelce's longest gain of the day went for 17 yards, with his only other double-digit pickup going for 11 yards. While he hasn't put together massive performances regularly this season, Kelce has still managed at least six receptions in all but one contest on the campaign.
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