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TE Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs

6-5, 255Born: 10-5-1989College: CincinnatiDrafted: Round 3, pick 2013

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Week 6: at New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. Patrick Mahomes "arrived" earlier this season, but he's now blossoming into arguably the league's deadliest passer. Any early-season concerns that he's a one-track mind locked onto Tyreek Hill's deep game have been put to bed. Last Sunday, facing the Jaguars' elite pass defense, Mahomes completed 22 balls to 9 different receivers. Of course, he's at his best and most impactful when he's testing defenses down the field. His rocket arm is adept at both whizzing through tight windows and throwing his men open, making Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins a thrilling downfield trio. Last week, Mahomes routinely beat tough defense from Jacksonville to hit them on well-covered deep routes, showcasing fantastic ball placement into his receivers' hands. And his creativity as a 230-pounder in the Ben Roethlisberger mold gives his receivers even more opportunity to create magic. With a diverse playbook and a seemingly unfair amount of dynamic athleticism, this passing game is legitimately the league's best right now. There are no silly, never-before-seen gimmicks dragging them to success, nor is there any garbage-time inflation in their numbers. The Patriots pass defense remains a subpar unit, one that's allowed the league's eighth-most touchdowns through 5 weeks. Last Thursday night was more of the same, with Andrew Luck completing 38 passes for 365 yards and 3 scores. But it was encouraging to see the New England front seven generate a pass rush. Adrian Clayborn had his first impactful game as a Patriot, and Trey Flowers continues to blossom into a stud off the edge. Still, in most Patriots games, this is a mile-a-minute unit that offers plenty of opportunity for coverage lapses from the shaky secondary. Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty have been mixed at best since coming to New England, and the platooning strong safeties tend to give up plenty of slot and slant throws over the middle. Altogether, they've already allowed 7 different receivers to top 66 yards this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
2 at PIT 57 7 109 2 0 22.9
3 vs SF 71 8 114 0 0 11.4
4 at DEN 73 7 78 1 0 13.8
5 vs JAX 66 5 100 0 0 10
6 at NE 0 5 61 0 0 6.1
6 at NE PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * * *
6 at NE PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * * *
6 at NE PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Travis Kelce's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 100 / 0 rec)

Travis Kelce led the Chiefs receivers with five catches for 100 yards on eight targets against the Jaguars on Sunday. Since his quiet week one debut (one catch for six yards), Kelce has amassed 27 catches for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games, including three games with 100+ yards. Kelce's route-running chops were on full display against the Jaguars, as he straight up embarrassed their linebackers on several occasions. The first came on a second and 10 from the Jaguars 26 yard line. Kelce lined up in the right slot position and ran a very slow moving route for the first five yards, which turned out to be a ruse and a way to sell his fake. With the Jaguars Telvin Smith approaching him, Kelce stutter-stepped and threw a fake to the outside, as though he was going to run a shallow out-route to the right sideline. Smith completely went for the fake, and it was as bad as you'll ever see a tight end faking out a linebacker on a route. Kelce then ran an in-route to the middle of the field where Mahomes threw him the ball. Kelce was able to pick up another seven yards after the catch and set up the Chiefs in the red zone. Kelce's biggest play of the day though, came on a second and eight from the 50 yard line. Kelce ran a shallow in-route to the middle of the field and Mahomes passed it to him in stride. As soon as Kelce caught the ball, he put one foot in the ground and juked/pivoted back to the outside of the field, leaving linebacker Barry Church in the dust. Kelce ran the ball all the way down to the Jaguars nine yard line.

2018 Week 4 vs DEN (12 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec)

Travis Kelce led the Chiefs receivers with seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. While Kelce went catch-less in the first half, he came out firing in the second half and was a big reason why the Chiefs were able to pull off a comeback in Denver. Kelce was unstoppable in the middle of the field in the second half, as the Broncos tried to stop the Chiefs running game. With Mahomes ability to scramble, Kelce goes from a mismatch to completely uncoverable. On third and 11 from the Broncos 32 yard line, the Broncos brought a big rush as Mahomes was forced out of the pocket. Mahomes didn't head upfield right away, keeping himself behind the line of scrimmage long enough for Kelce to turn his comeback route into a deep post to the middle of the field. Mahomes found Kelce at the Denver seven yard line and Kelce nearly scored on that play before being tackled at the three yard line. Kelce's touchdown catch came on quick throw where Mahomes lined up under center and Kelce lined up bunched at the end of the right side of the formation. As soon as Mahomes snapped the ball, he threw it to Kelce who was able to get his momentum moving forward, which allowed him to barrel his way through the Denver defense for a two yard touchdown.

2018 Week 3 vs SF (10 / 8 / 114 / 0 rec)

Travis Kelce led the Chiefs receivers in catches and yards, snagging eight passes for 114 yards on 10 targets. Mahomes went to Kelce early and often in this game, with Kelce totaling 93 yards on five catches before the 1st half ended. Kelce's best play of the day came in the 2nd quarter with the Chiefs in the two minute drill. Facing a 3rd and nine, Kelce lined up on the left side of the formation and ran a comeback route right at the first down line. With a defender draped all over him, Mahomes threw the ball high and to the outside of Kelce, which allowed him to sort of box his man out with his size and try to make a play. The ball had some heat on it, which made Kelce's leaping one-handed catch even that more impressive. Kelce was also able to pick up five more yards after the catch despite having his defender on him the entire time. Kelce also had a 14 yard reception that bailed out Mahomes after he bobbled the snap, and made himself wide open in the middle of the field. Those two plays went a long way in setting up Sammy Watkins touchdown catch just before the half ended. Kelce would go on to make three more catches in the 2nd half, and aside from the reception on third down mentioned above, it seemed as though Kelce was wide open on every route he ran.

2018 Week 2 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 109 / 2 rec)

Travis Kelce led the Chiefs receivers in catches, yards and touchdowns against the Steelers, finishing with seven receptions for 109 yards and two scores on 12 targets. This game was a great example of how much trouble opposing defenses are going to have against the Chiefs offense. As soon as the defense starts to adjust and place more emphasis on shutting down the Chiefs speed on the outside of the field, Kelce steps in and absolutely destroys them in the middle of the field. That is essentially what happened here, as the Steelers had no answer for Kelce. He caught both touchdowns on essentially the same play, just from different sides of the formation. Kelce runs the shallow slant in the red zone as well as any receiver in the league. The shallow slant allows for more options for the quarterback and lets Kelce use his big body and wide catch radius to adjust to how the quarterback throws the route. On his first touchdown catch, Mahomes threw the ball hard and a little behind Kelce, which was done to minimize any potential chance opposing defenders had of breaking up the play. Mahomes throws a hard ball, but Kelce still made the necessary adjustments and came down with a very nice catch. His second touchdown was a much easier catch for Kelce, a little out in front of him and low but still a routine touchdown catch for an All-Pro like Kelce.

2018 Week 1 vs LAC (6 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Travis Kelce caught one pass for six yards on six targets against the Chargers on Sunday. Kelce has led the Chiefs in targets for the last three years, but if Sunday is any indication of things to come, Kelce will be surrendering that title to Tyreek Hill. Kelce's lone catch came on a short out-route to the left sideline where he caught the ball and was immediately tackled for a six yard gain. While Mahomes was guilty of some wild throws, Kelce did also drop an easy catch that came on a curl-route where there was no reason to drop the pass. Hill is not going to dominate the touches every game, and there will be plenty of work for Kelce going forward.

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Latest News

Chiefs | Travis Kelce hauls in five receptions (Mon Oct 15, 01:54 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce turned nine targets into five catches for 61 yards in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots.

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Chiefs | Travis Kelce finishes with 78 yards, TD (Mon Oct 1, 11:28 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce racked up game highs with seven receptions, 78 yards and the only touchdown catch of the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos.

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Schedule

6@ New England Patriots
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8vs Denver Broncos
9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Arizona Cardinals
11@ Los Angeles Rams
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Oakland Raiders
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17vs Oakland Raiders