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TE Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs

6-5, 255Born: 10-5-1989College: CincinnatiDrafted: Round 3

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Summary

The Chiefs starting tight end turned his top-five fantasy upside into a reality in 2016, earning his second straight 100-target season and delivering 85 receptions and 1,125 yards--both tops among NFL tight ends. Kelce brings exceptional size and physical gifts to the table, but he has only accounted for 9 of Alex Smith's 35 touchdown tosses during the past 2 years. Part of the issue is Alex Smith. The Chiefs quarterback prefers to find wide-open options rather than squeezing the ball into tight windows that require the receiver to make great rebounds. Kelce has this ability, but it won't be maximized with Smith under center. It's why his touchdown production may continue to be a little lower than its potential. It's worth noting that Kelce may not be ready for camp due to off-season shoulder surgery. However, don't let Kelce's rehabilitation deter you from considering him a top-5 fantasy tight end in 2017. (August 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 30, 18, 19, 19, 22, 22, 23, 24, 26, 26, 26, 30, 30, 33, 37, 46, 55, 60
TE Redraft PPR - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 28, 18, 19, 19, 22, 22, 23, 24, 26, 26, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33, 35, 37, 47, 51, 59
TE Dynasty - 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3
Overall Dynasty - 34, 15, 31, 33, 40, 50, 51

Stats and Projections

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2014 KC 16 67 862 5
2015 KC 16 72 875 5
2016 KC 16 85 1125 4
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 80 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 86 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 82 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 82 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 33
TE: 2
Overall-PPR: 30
TE-PPR: 2

Kansas City Chiefs Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

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  Daniel Simpkins - April 11
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  Matt Waldman - April 19
The Week in NFL News - 4/20
  Sigmund Bloom - April 20
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Player Spotlight: Travis Kelce
  Jason Wood - August 6
The Decade's Most Consistent Fantasy Tight Ends
  Matt Waldman - July 22

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  Matt Franciscovich - August 3
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  Evan Silva - August 2
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  Doug Orth - August 1
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  Evan Silva - July 27

Latest News

Chiefs | Travis Kelce returns to practice (Sun Aug 13, 11:46 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce was back at practice Sunday, Aug. 13, after missing the team's preseason opener with knee soreness.

Our View: The Chiefs will work him back carefully and monitor his knee for further soreness. If he continues to practice, he should be available for their second preseason game.
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Chiefs | Travis Kelce remains out (Tue Aug 8, 09:06 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) remains out of practice Tuesday, Aug. 8.

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Chiefs | Travis Kelce works on side (Mon Aug 7, 08:32 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) worked out on the sidelines during practice Monday, Aug. 7.

Our View: Kelce's knee is something to watch, as he had microfracture surgery on it a few years back. As long as he can get back on the practice field soon, we'll be able to chalk this one up to typical camp reconditioning, as Kelce was on the shelf this offseason after shoulder surgery.
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Chiefs | Travis Kelce idle Monday (Mon Aug 7, 10:34 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Travis Kelce (knee) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 7.

Our View: Kelce had microfracture surgery early in his NFL career. This is a routine issue for him, but if it extends for weeks instead of days, it could be something that affects him to a greater degree during the season than it has in recent years.
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Chiefs | Travis Kelce remains sidelined (Sun Aug 6, 04:40 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6.

Our View: We aren't worried yet but the fact that he has been dealing with knee swelling since camp opened, though it's a condition he's dealt with on and off since he was a rookie and had microfracture surgery. Given that history, and since he still managed back to back 800-plus yard seasons in 2014 and 2015, then topped 1100 yards in 2016, we think he'll get through this. The only thing we'd like more of is touchdowns, as he has averaged just five a season since entering the league. He's still worth his 32 ADP as the second tight end off the board in drafts.
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2017 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2vs Philadelphia Eagles
3@ Los Angeles Chargers
4vs Washington Redskins
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Oakland Raiders
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Dallas Cowboys
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11@ New York Giants
12vs Buffalo Bills
13@ New York Jets
14vs Oakland Raiders
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ Denver Broncos