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Travis Kelce | Tight End

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
College: Cincinnati
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Travis Kelce caught 4-of-4 targets for 33 yards in Kansas City's Week 7 win over the Chargers.
Kelce had a fifth grab wiped out by an offensive pass interference call on Anthony Fasano. Kelce ripped off back-to-back gains of 16 and eight yards on the Chiefs' game-winning drive, but was bafflingly limited to just two targets beforehand. It was confounding usage from coach Andy Reid, who watched Junior Hemingway and Dwayne Bowe commit brutal drops, and A.J. Jenkins display stunningly-little awareness. Kelce is the Chiefs' most-effective pass catcher not named Jamaal Charles, but until Reid starts utilizing him as such, he'll remain a boom-or-bust TE1. Oct 19 - 8:08 PM

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Travis Kelce played on 31-of-52 snaps (59.6 percent) in Sunday's loss at San Francisco.

Kelce's breakout performance last Monday night did not yield a bump in usage. He ran just 19 pass routes and saw three targets, securing two of them in a difficult matchup with Patrick Willis. Luckily for owners, one of those catches went for a touchdown. It's a reminder that although Kelce is a true beast, he's not yet a threat for top-3 tight end status because the Chiefs coaches won't fully unleash him.
Oct 6 - 9:27 AM

Travis Kelce caught 2-of-3 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's Week 5 loss to the 49ers.

Kelce scored a two-yard touchdown to cap off Kansas City's opening drive before bafflingly drawing only two more targets the rest of the afternoon. He drew half as many looks as Anthony Fasano, who was the target on Alex Smith's game-ending interception. Although Kelce's usage has been frustrating, his upside remains through the roof. His floor, meanwhile, isn't so shabby either, as he's now scored in three-straight games. Kelce will return as a TE1 following the Chiefs' Week 6 bye.
Oct 5 - 7:54 PM

Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 41-14, Week 4 demolishing of the Patriots on Monday night.

Kelce was targeted a team-high nine times while only playing about 50 percent of the snaps. He dominated the first half, doing the bulk of his damage before the break and looking like his tight end counterpart across the field, Rob Gronkowski. A healthy Gronkowski before all the injuries, that is. Kelce was a man among boys, running around the Patriots' slow-footed linebackers and undersized safeties with ease. He can do so much damage post-catch with stiff-arms and by just plowing over defenders. We'd like to see the Chiefs play Kelce even more, but we're not complaining right now. He's a focal point of the pass offense and is seeing enough targets to lock himself in as a TE1. Through four games, Kelce is on pace for a 72-1,036-8 receiving line.
Sep 29 - 11:25 PM

Travis Kelce played on 47-of-72 snaps (65.2 percent) in Sunday's win at Miami.

It's up from 19 Week 1 snaps for Kelce and 32 snaps in Week 2. It shows that the Chiefs are seeing the truly special abilities their second-year tight end has, even if he was only targeted four times against the Dolphins. With his role increasing heading into a Week 4 Monday Night home game against the Patriots, Kelce is bordering on TE1 status. He's turned 15 targets into a 10-166-1 line this season.
Sep 22 - 9:42 AM

Travis Kelce caught 3-of-4 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

We're not entirely sure of Kelce's snap count, but it seemed to rise considerably this week, and he was consistently involved in red-zone packages. He showed off his impressive speed on a 20-yard TD sprint, beating several Dolphins defenders to the pylon. Seemingly on the verge of a monster game, Kelce has entered the low-end TE1 realm. The Chiefs play New England in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 7:37 PM

Travis Kelce played on 32-of-86 snaps in Sunday's loss at Denver.

Andy Reid realized he made a mistake by only using Kelce on 18-of-58 snaps in Week 1. This time, he called far more "12" sets and Kelce responded by going 4-81-0 on six targets. "He's young," Reid said afterward. "We've just got to keep him coming, but he sure had some nice plays." It's obvious that if the Chiefs are going to move the ball, Kelce is going to need to be a big part of it. His time as a TE1 is coming sooner rather than later.
Sep 15 - 10:14 AM

Travis Kelce caught four passes for a team-high 81 yards in the Chiefs' Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

After playing just 18 snaps in the opener, Kelce possibly doubled that on Sunday. He was a big part of the offense, especially on third down and in the red zone. Kelce was targeted six times and caught three balls on third downs to move the chains. His big grab on 3rd-and-13 set up one of Knile Davis' two scores. Kelce is on the brink of breaking out, and he brings an energy to the offense. Keep stashing Kelce as a high-upside TE2.
Sep 14 - 8:39 PM

Chiefs OC Doug Pederson said Travis Kelce is a "guy that's learning."

"He's a guy that mentally we are going to put in certain situations and build a package around and give him 'X' amount of plays a game, and it's just through his growth and his maturity that, the more he can handle, the more obviously he'll step on the field," Pederson said. It's an extended way of saying that Kelce is a young player the Chiefs' staff doesn't quite fully trust yet. That could change very quickly though, as Alex Smith desperately needs a weapon of Kelce's caliber on the field more. He's a must-hold TE2 heading into Week 2.
Source: USA Today
Sep 14 - 10:47 AM

Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said TE Travis Kelce is "capable of playing more than 18 plays."

It's Reid way of admitting he screwed up, and tacit acknowledgment that Kelce should have a bigger role going forward. This being Reid, we're not expecting anything crazy to happen overnight, but the Chiefs have to realize they need Kelce's playmaking ability. We'd expect a gradual increase in usage, but enough to keep things interesting for fantasy owners. Kelce is worth holding onto in 12-team leagues.
Sep 8 - 1:36 PM

Travis Kelce played just 20-of-58 offensive snaps in the Chiefs' Week 1 loss to the Titans.

Kelce still saw five targets, but the 34 percent usage rate isn't enough to vault Kelce above mid-range TE2 status. He remains behind Anthony Fasano on the depth chart. We know coach Andy Reid's loves his veterans. With Dwayne Bowe coming back for Week 2, Kelce isn't start-able in fantasy at the moment.
Sep 8 - 10:37 AM

Travis Kelce secured 3-of-5 targets for 49 yards in the Chiefs' Week 1 loss to Tennessee.

Making his NFL debut, Kelce was not an every-down player despite the absence of Dwayne Bowe (suspension), remaining a role player in two-tight end sets opposite Anthony Fasano. Fasano finished with a 3-29-1 stat line on six targets. Kelce remains a dynamic talent, but until we see him playing and getting targeted more, he can only be viewed as a TE2 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 7 - 5:58 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher has been told that Travis Kelce's big-play ability is one reason the Chiefs weren't more aggressive in pursuing wide receivers this offseason.

This suggests that Kelce will be a real part of the Week 1 gameplan even though his first-team snaps were limited in the preseason. Note that with Dwayne Bowe suspended for Week 1, the Chiefs' wideout depth chart reads Donnie Avery, Frankie Hammond, Junior Hemingway, Albert Wilson, A.J. Jenkins. Kelce, an exciting talent with eye-opening playmaking ability after the catch, is a prime TE2 target. We'll have a better read on his exact role after Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 31 - 1:19 PM

Travis Kelce played 15-of-39 preseason snaps with the first-team offense.

Most of the snaps came in two-tight end packages, with Anthony Fasano on the field. Still, it's encouraging usage for Kelce, who has been a standout throughout the preseason. He's also expected to see time in the slot this season. Kelce should be targeted in the late rounds of fantasy drafts as a high-upside TE2.
Aug 29 - 5:44 PM

Travis Kelce caught 4-of-6 targets for 49 yards in the Chiefs' third preseason game Saturday night against Minnesota.

Kelce did mix in with the first-team offense, but he's still pretty clearly behind Anthony Fasano on the depth chart. The Chiefs need to change that quick to maximize their offensive talent. Through three preseason affairs, Kelce has reeled in 10-of-13 targets for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He's still only a TE2 in re-draft leagues, but is an elite long-term Dynasty prospect.
Aug 23 - 11:33 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2De'Anthony Thomas
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Frankie Hammond
3Albert Wilson
WR21A.J. Jenkins
2Junior Hemingway
3Donnie Avery
WR31Frankie Hammond
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
K1Cairo Santos