TE Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-5, 255||Born: 10-5-1989||College: Cincinnati||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 18 vs TEN (4 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec)
Travis Kelce caught four passes on four targets for 66 yards and a touchdown before exiting the game late in the second quarter due to a concussion. Kelce was unable to come back in the game, and his absence played a big part in the Chiefs offense stalling for the entire second half. Kelce was able to stretch out the Titans secondary and linebackers by beating them to the edge on crossing patterns and drag routes. His 27 yard reception set up Kareem Hunt's one yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Kelce then came back on the very next possession, scoring a touchdown and extending the Chiefs lead to 14-0. Kelce lined up on the left edge of the offensive line and made a quick stutter step before exploding past the Titans linebackers up the seam. Alex Smith hit him in stride, but Kelce was so wide open due to the Titans linebackers underestimating his speed, it was a throw that any NFL quarterback could make. While Smith has been very good for Kelce's career, it will be exciting to see what a quarterback like Mahomes, who has a much bigger arm can do for Kelce's totals in 2018, assuming the Chiefs move on from Smith.
2017 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)
Travis Kelce caught four of eight targets for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins. Kelce led the Chiefs in targets, but it was a slow day for Kelce as he wasn't able to break any big plays down the field. His touchdown catch came on a slant route from the nine yard line. Kelce lined up on the right side of the formation and faked outside before turning inside towards the middle of the field. Alex Smith threw a great ball that was up and away from Kelce. Smith threw the ball with a lot of velocity in the perfect place, and Kelce threw his hands up quick and made a great catch for a touchdown. Kelce could have had another touchdown in the 4th quarter but was unable to reel in the catch. Kelce has 83 receptions for 1038 yards and four touchdowns on the year, and he has a great matchup next week against the Broncos, who he burned for seven catches, 133 yards and a touchdown in their first meeting.
2017 Week 15 vs LAC (7 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught six of his seven targets for 46 yards against the Chargers on Saturday. Kelce could have easily caught 100% of his passes on the night, but he made a rare drop in the red zone that could have given him a much bigger game from a fantasy perspective. On this night, it was the Kareem Hunt show, with an assist from Tyreek Hill, and on these nights Kelce's stat line is sure to suffer because it is difficult for the Chiefs offense to sustain three fantasy studs in each game. While Kelce didn't have a lot of yards or find the end zone, it was obvious how often Smith looks Kelce's way when the Chiefs need a first down. He's as difficult a cover as there is in the league, because he runs routes with the precision of a wide receiver, while enjoying a size/speed advantage of traditional cornerbacks and linebackers. Kelce is line for a big game next week against the Dolphins, and the Chiefs are fighting for a playoff spot so the offense will not be taking any weeks off.
2017 Week 14 vs OAK (13 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce seven of his 13 targets for 74 yards against the Raiders. Kelce was targeted the most of any Chiefs player, and he nearly had a much bigger day, as he had two touchdowns called back on review. Kelce was able to beat the Raiders in the middle of the field by constantly shaking Oakland linebackers in coverage. He also did very well after the catch, as the Raiders were trying to limit Tyreek Hill down the field, and Kelce took advantage of this by running short drag and crossing routes. The Chiefs ran a lot of misdirection players that sent Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt in motion, sometimes twice in one play. This kept the Oakland secondary off balance, and it was on this type of play that Kelce was brought down at the one yard line, although it was originally called a touchdown. Kelce was able to take a screen pass in the middle of the formation and run straight through the Oakland defense.
2017 Week 13 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 94 / 2 rec)
Travis Kelce caught four of eight targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. His final stat line looks big, but it was a little disappointing considering that Kelce had three catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns through the first five minutes of the game. Regardless, Kelce came up big on the Chiefs first two possessions, kicking it off with a 32 yard catch a run on the second play of the game. Two plays later, Kelce ran a slick crossing route to the left sideline which went for a 22 yard touchdown. Kelce’s speed, size and athleticism alone would make him one of the most dangerous tight ends in the game, but his route running is what really separates him from everyone not named Gronkowski. Kelce struck again on the first play of the Chiefs second possession. Alex Smith lined up in the shotgun formation, play action faked to Kareem Hunt and then waited as Kelce shook his defender and ran down the left sideline completely free. The play finished as a 32 yard touchdown catch for Kelce. Unfortunately for him, Kelce caught only one more pass the rest of the game, a four yard reception that made little impact.
2017 Week 12 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught three of four targets for 39 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Bills. All of Kelce's production came in the second half, a clear sign that Kansas City needs to get their play maker more involved early in the game. It was frustrating to watch Kelce get wide open on several plays where Alex Smith just did not look his way. Coming into week 12, Kelce had either scored a touchdown or gained 100 yards in four straight games. Aside from a one catch game in week three, this was Kelce's worst week from a fantasy standpoint. He remains one of the top options at tight end, and it is not his fault that he was targeted only four times in the game. With defenses stacking the box against the Chiefs, Alex Smith needs to look to Kelce earlier in the play, and that should be something that Andy Reid looks to in week 13.
2017 Week 11 vs NYG (14 / 8 / 109 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 109 yards on 14 targets, however there was a blemish on his stat line for the night. First off, Kelce managed to throw an interception on his only passing attempt of the day, which normally would not have been that big of a deal, but the interception came in the 4th quarter while the Chiefs were given good field position and had a chance to take the lead. The next Chiefs possession also ended with an Alex Smith interception deep in their own territory which allowed the Giants to take the lead. The other downside to an otherwise stellar afternoon for Kelce, was the fact that he did not score a touchdown against a Giants team that had given up touchdowns to tight ends in every game this season. With that out of the way, Kelce was fantastic throughout the game, accounting for roughly 25% of the Chiefs total yardage. The Giants linebackers have been torched game after game and Kelce put on a route-running clinic. He moves like a big receiver, but is nearly impossible to take down when he's one on one with a defender and always seems to be catching the ball while also moving up-field and gaining yards after the catch. This marked the fifth time in the last seven games that Kelce has either 100+ receiving yards and a touchdown, and he has become the most dependable fantasy tight end in the league.
2017 Week 9 vs DAL (9 / 7 / 73 / 1 rec)
Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs 28-17 loss to the Cowboys. While the rest of the offense had trouble against the Cowboys secondary, Kelce was able to get open at will and this game might have had a different ending if Alex Smith had targeted Kelce more often. With the Cowboys secondary sagging and trying to prevent the Kansas City offense from breaking big plays, Kelce was able to consistently find the soft spot in the defense and move the chains. Kelce's touchdown catch was a thing a beauty from a route-running stand point. Lined up on the right side of the formation, Kelce ran a shallow dig route. Instead of cutting off his route, turning around and coming back to the ball, Kelce made a quick pivot to the right side of the end zone and Smith delivered a very accurate pass to the outside, which Kelce caught for a touchdown. Kelce has now caught touchdowns in each of his last three games, while totaling 18 catches and 239 yards over that span.
2017 Week 8 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 133 / 1 rec)
Travis Kelce had a monster day against the Broncos, catching seven of ten targets for 133 yards and a touchdown. Kelce's touchdown catch was a thing of beauty and highlighted his impressive route running. Lined up on the left side of the formation, Kelce ran a double move where he faked the inside slant and then ran straight up the left sideline. Alex Smith had an easy throw to make, as Kelce did not have a defender within eight yards of him when making the catch. The route itself worked really well because Kelce runs so many of his routes to the inside of the field, however when he does make a play on the outside it is usually a big one because of the way he sets up his defender. Kelce made several nice catches, including a crossing route where Alex Smith threw the ball high and behind him. Kelce made an excellent adjustment and came down with the ball for a 19 yard gain. With the exception of week 7 where Kelce and Tyreek Hill both scored, it is usually only one of the two who are able to have a big game, and that points to where the opposing defense chooses to shade their coverage. Between Hunt, Kelce and Hill, defenses have to really pick their poison, and so far this season they have been unable to do that effectively.
2017 Week 7 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)
Kelce was quiet overall, but converted a high pass with a beautiful leaping catch for a score to account for the Chiefs first touchdown of the night. Kelce grabbed a few short catches later in the game, but didn't have a big influence on the outcome despite the good matchup on paper.
2017 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce caught four passes for 37 yards on seven targets. The Steelers secondary did a great job of keeping Kelce in check down the field, especially when he lined up on the outside. Kelce's long gain of the day was a 23 yard catch where he lined up in the right slot and ran a deep crossing route across the field. Smith threw a very nice ball that went over the outstretched arms of a Steelers linebacker right into the arms of Kelce. Kelce was able to gain seven yards after the catch, but other than that play, his other three catches went for a total of 15 yards.
2017 Week 5 vs HOU (11 / 8 / 98 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce led the Chiefs receivers in targets, receptions and receiving yards by catching eight passes for 98 yards on 11 targets. During the first possession of the game by the Chiefs, opposing linebacker JJ Watt was injured and forced to leave the game. It would easy to say Kelce's dominance was due in large part to Watt's absence, it would be shortsighted. Kelce has already caught two passes on the drive, and was targeted a third time. What it did do was force the Texans defense to spread out more, which allowed Kelce to continuously find room down the middle of the field. One of one of these plays, Kelce lined up on the right slot position before running a deep in-route. Smith threw a perfectly thrown ball to Kelce's inside shoulder which allowed his receiver to shield his body from two Texans defenders. The reason Kelce was so wide open was due to him having no one covering him for the first portion of his route, which allowed him to break off his route at the precise location and gain 20 yards on the reception.
2017 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 7 / 111 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Coming off the game last week where Travis Kelce saw only one target, he was back to his old self again, catching seven of eight targets for 111 yards and a touchdown. He paced the Chiefs skill position players in yards, receptions, targets and touchdowns, and was generally all over the place wreaking havoc on the Washington defense. Kelce's ability to lineup at all three wide receiver spots gives him the ability to create mismatches against smaller cornerbacks and slower linebackers, and now Kelce is even lining up in the backfield and taking direct snaps. Kelce's touchdown catch was a great example of his versatility, as he lined up on the right side of the formation as an outside receiver. He ran what looked to be a straight go route, but at the last second he curled his route in toward the middle of the field and established position on his defender. This gave Alex Smith a big target to throw to, and he put the ball right where Kelce was able to box out his defender and make a tough grab over the middle for a touchdown. With Smith's timing and Kelce's combination of size, speed and precision route-running, the defense had no chance of preventing a touchdown without committing three men to Kelce.
2017 Week 3 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Travis Kelce was the odd man out against the Chargers, catching his only target for one yard. The Chargers secondary focused much of their attention on Kelce, especially in the middle of the field. This created openings on the outside and Kansas City took advantage of that with two long touchdowns. This was a disappointing day for Kelce, and it seems that defenses are focusing on him much more than last season. This was an outlier game for Kelce, so look for him to have a big game against a Redskins secondary that has been great against opposing receivers, but they are giving up big plays to opposing tight ends.
2017 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 103 / 1 rec)
Travis Kelce led the Chiefs pass catchers in receptions, yards, targets and touchdowns against the Eagles, catching eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Kelce showed off his versatility, making plays on the outside and in the slot, while also managing to score on a shovel pass in the back field from Alex Smith. Kelce is not just a big, physical target, as he showed off his route running chops on a 44 yard catch in the 1st quarter. Lined up on the right side of the formation, Kelce's defender tried to play bump and run on him, only to see Kelce fake him out of his shoes and get the step on him up the sideline. Smith threw a perfect ball that led Kelce out in front of him, and allowed him to pick up another 23 yards after the catch. Kelce also made the play of the game on a 15 yard touchdown run, where he took a shovel pass out of the backfield and managed to hurdle his last defender before crossing the goal line. The play showed of Kelce's versatility and athleticism, and it gave the Chiefs a 20-13 lead in the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
After putting the Chiefs offense on his back last season, Kelce was largely a spectator in Kansas City's week one win against the Patriots. He caught five passes for 40 yards on nine targets, and although he did not have a great game by his standards, he played a big role in freeing up both Hunt and Hill in space. The Patriots came into the game knowing that Kelce could beat them in the middle of the field, and they game planned against that. What they hadn't considered was that by focusing their defenders between the hash marks, they were giving the Chiefs exactly what they wanted, space on the outside to showcase their blazing speed. This was evident on Tyreek Hill's 75 yard touchdown catch. Hill and Kelce were lined up tight on the right side of the formation. Kelce took the inside position and immediately started up the center of the field, while Hill faked like he was running an eight yard out-route to the right sideline. As Kelce continued veering inside, the safety help over the top took an angle on him. Instead of breaking off his route, Hill went to the right sideline and then up the field on a double move. The result was a long touchdown where there was not a Patriots defender within the camera frame of Hill as he caught the ball. Without Kelce running his route the way he did, there is no way the Patriots leave Hill on the outside with no safety help over the top. It was one of those rare instances where a play works out perfectly, especially against such a talented and disciplined team like the Patriots.
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