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Travis Kelce | Tight End

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
College: Cincinnati
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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

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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.
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

Travis Kelce secured 4-of-4 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' second preseason game Sunday night.

Kelce mixed in with the first-team offense in two-tight end sets, but opened the game behind Anthony Fasano. Ultimately playing with both the first and second teams, Kelce's night was quiet until Aaron Murray found him for a 43-yard touchdown on a seam route, at the end of which Kelce physically dominated a Panthers defensive back en route to the end zone. Through two preseason games, Kelce has reeled in 6-of-7 targets for 136 yards (22.7 YPR) and two touchdowns. He remains a high-ceiling TE2 target in fantasy drafts.
Aug 17 - 10:48 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said second-year TE Travis Kelce is unlikely to replace Anthony Fasano in the starting lineup.

Teicher was quick to add it "wouldn't surprise" him if Kelce led the duo in catches. An eight-year veteran, Fasano has the experience and blocking ability to hold off the talented sophomore, but Kelce has the pass catching talent the Chiefs' offense is desperate for. Both players should find their way onto the field often this season. Kelce is a TE2 with upside.
Aug 9 - 9:06 AM

After watching tape of the Chiefs' preseason opener, coach Andy Reid mentioned second-year TE Travis Kelce as a "standout" in the game.

It's a sign that Kelce's explosive playmaking ability could earn him more chances with the first team after he predominately ran with the twos on Thursday night. With no clear No. 2 wideout on Kansas City's roster, Kelce is a sophomore breakout candidate. He's not a TE1, but is a TE2 to target in the late rounds.
Aug 8 - 1:13 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
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
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3A.J. Jenkins
WR31Junior Hemingway
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
K1Cairo Santos