TE Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-5, 255||Born: 10-5-1989||College: Cincinnati||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 7: at Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Chiefs passing game has been a bright spot this season as they have three games that they have thrown for over 290 yards and five games in which they have thrown for 249 yards or more. This was something that the Chiefs were only able to do six times total last season, so there has been a definitive improvement compared to last season. This passing game is very dependent on the two primary targets in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce as if you are able to take those two away the Chiefs will struggle as they did last week moving the ball. The Raiders have been vulnerable so far this season against the pass as they rank 20th in the NFL allowing 232.7 yards. The one area the Raiders have struggled against is against the tight end which could setup well for Travis Kelce in this game as while the Raiders are league average in terms of fantasy points allowed, they allowed 106 yards to Chargers tight ends last week and they have faced some pretty bad tight ends in Denver, the Jets before Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, and Baltimore thus driving those averages down. Reggie Nelson at free safety has really struggled against the pass so far this season. At cornerback, T.J. Carrie has been a bright spot on this team, while David Amerson has struggled so far this season which could be a good spot for Tyreek Hill in this game as Hill will be matched up against Amerson for about a third of this game and while Amerson will have a significant size advantage against Hill, Hill should be able to use his speed and route running to get open in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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.
Latest NewsChiefs | Travis Kelce finds the end zone (Fri Oct 20, 01:28 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce had four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7. link to story Chiefs | Travis Kelce pulls down four balls (Sun Oct 15, 10:11 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce racked up four receptions for 37 yards on seven targets in the Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. link to story Texans | Marcus Gilchrist fined (Sat Oct 14, 09:24 AM) - Houston Texans SS Marcus Gilchrist was fined $24,309 by the National Football League for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce in Week 5's game. Kelce sustained a concussion on the play and Gilchrist was given an unnecessary roughness penalty. Gilchrist is appealing the fine. link to story Chiefs | Week 6 injury report for KC (Fri Oct 13, 04:45 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley (Achilles'), OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee), OL Mitch Morse (foot) and S Steven Terrell (concussion) are ruled out for Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. WR Tyreek Hill (hamstring), LB Justin Houston (calf) and WR Albert Wilson (knee) were limited participants, while LB Dee Ford (back), TE Travis Kelce (concussion) and DL Bennie Logan (knee) practiced in full. All six players were removed from the injury report. Our View: Kelce being removed from the injury report means you can start him with confidence. Hill is also good to go after a hamstring scare earlier in the week.
link to story Chiefs | Travis Kelce practices fully again (Fri Oct 13, 01:42 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) was able practice fully for the second straight day Friday, Oct. 13. Our View: Kelce is expected to play and should be in your lineups despite the late afternoon Sunday start.
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