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Kelce will be one of the first two tight ends drafted in every league because of his big role in the Chiefs offense, but Father Time is working against him. Battling injuries for much of 2023, Kelce averaged 19.5 PPR points per game in his first seven games, then 10.4 PPR points per game in his next eight before rebounding to 21.5 PPR points per game in four playoff matchups, including 18.3 in the Super Bowl. Kansas City's additions at receiver will hinder Kelce to a degree, but the bigger factor is that he'll turn 35 years old in October and clearly carries some risk after he started last year with a bone bruise in his knee, played through an ankle injury and then had a minor neck issue sideline him for a game. Even with that risk, Kelce has undeniable upside as evidenced by his start and finish to 2023. Don't gloss over that. Fantasy managers who want an elite tight end without age and injury concerns will pivot to Sam LaPorta over Kelce, but that doesn't mean Kelce isn't worth consideration as a top-30 pick since he'll still see lots of targets as Patrick Mahomes' most trusted pass-catcher.

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 93 984 10.58 5 0.00 1197.9
2022 110 1338 12.16 12 5 2.50 19811.6
3y Avg. 98 1149 11.72 9 3 3.00 1599.9
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Inks two-year extension

    Kelce and the Chiefs agreed to terms Monday on a two-year extension that makes him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The exact terms of Kelce's new extension have yet to be disclosed, but coming off another Super Bowl title and heading into his age-35 season, Kelce's pay rate will top his position. The four-time All-Pro had logged seven consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards before being held to a 93-984-5 receiving line in 2023, but in Kansas City's four postseason contests he operated in prime form, scoring three touchdowns while never falling below 70 receiving yards. The Chiefs added veteran wideout Marquise Brown (heel) and rookie first-round pick Xavier Worthy this offseason, and both players are capable of taking the top off opposing defenses, which could open things up for Kelce during the 2024 campaign. Those additions may also foreshadow a more aggressive offensive game plan led by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Nine receptions in Super Bowl

    Kelce recorded nine receptions (on 10 targets) for 93 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. Kelce was held nearly silent in the first half, as he had only one catch on one target for one yard. However, he came alive in the final two quarters to help the Chiefs to a comeback Super Bowl victory. His biggest play of the game came on the final drive of regulation, when he shook free of Fred Werner and picked up 22 yards to give Harrison Butker a short field-goal attempt to tie the game. Kelce had a relatively underwhelming regular season, but he posted no fewer than 70 receiving yards in each of Kansas City's four postseason games while also tallying three touchdowns in the same span.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Monster game en route to Super Bowl

    Kelce hauled in all 11 of his targets Sunday for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 17-10 win over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. Kelce hit the ground running with three receptions, including a 19-yard touchdown, on the Chiefs' first offensive possession Sunday. The star tight end would team up with Patrick Mahomes eight more times as the teammates proceeded to systematically dissect one of the top-rated defenses in the league. Kansas City's defense flexed its own muscles to close out the low-scoring victory and send Kelce and Co. to Las Vegas to face either the Lions or the 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 11 for Super Bowl LVIII.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: First touchdowns since Week 11

    Kelce recorded five receptions on six targets for 75 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Bills. Kelce snapped out of a significant slump in the wild-card round, and he took another step forward against the Bills. His strong rapport with Patrick Mahomes shone through, as he led the Chiefs in targets and accounted for two of the team's three touchdowns with catches of 22 and three yards. The performance was particularly well-timed, as it was Kelce's first time finding the end zone since Week 11 and his first multi-touchdown game of the season. He'll face a tough test in the AFC Championship Game against Baltimore, as the Ravens have allowed only three scores to opposing tight ends this season.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Won't play Sunday

    Kelce (coach's decision) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chargers. Kelce was limited in all three of Kansas City's practices this week but approached the contest without an injury designation. However, with the Chiefs locked into the No. 3 seed in the the AFC playoffs, the star tight end will end up being rested Sunday along with other key starters such as quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In his absence, Noah Gray and Blake Bell are slated to serve as the team's tight ends. Kelce will finish the 2023 campaign with 93 catches for 984 yards and five touchdowns over 15 games, spelling an end to his streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Cleared to play Week 18

    Kelce (neck) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Kelce was limited in all three of Kansas City's practices but will be available for the regular-season finale. Locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC either way, the Chiefs have the option to rest some of their top players in preparation for the playoffs, and they will be starting Blaine Gabbert rather than Patrick Mahomes under center. Kelce needs just 16 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the eighth consecutive season, but it's likely that he'll play just long enough to reach that threshold before joining Mahomes on the sidelines.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Logs limited practice

    Kelce was a limited participant at practice Wednesday due to a neck injury. Kelce's neck issue doesn't appear to be a major concern, and he'll still have two more opportunities to practice fully this week before the Chiefs decide whether he carries a designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers. However, with the Chiefs locked in as the AFC's No. 3 seed in the playoffs, the tight end will be a candidate to be rested this weekend, especially if he's less than 100 percent. Kelce approaches Week 18 action needing 16 more receiving yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth consecutive season.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Poor performance against Bengals

    Kelce recorded three catches on four targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 25-17 win over the Bengals. Kansas City's offense showed signs of improvement in its Week 17 win over the Bengals, though that didn't carry over to Kelce's individual performance. Instead, his longest gain of the day went for only 10 yards, and he was held under 50 receiving yards for the third straight contest. Despite the poor close to the campaign, Kelce needs only 16 yards in Kansas City's regular-season finale to reach the century mark for the eighth straight year.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Five receptions in Christmas loss

    Kelce caught five of seven targets for 44 yards in Monday's 20-14 loss to the Raiders. Vegas' pass rush was in Patrick Mahomes' face most of the afternoon, but surprisingly Kelce didn't see added target volume as a safety valve for his QB. The tight end has seen double-digit targets only three times this season -- his lowest total since 2019 -- but Kelce still sits just 32 yards short of his eighth straight 1,000-yard campaign heading into a Week 17 clash with a Bengals defense that ranks last in the league in catches and yards allowed to TEs in 2023.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Five grabs against Pats

    Kelce caught five of seven targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Patriots. Bill Belichick's defense made it a priority to stop Kelce from beating them, and while it wasn't a successful formula for winning the game, it did lead the tight end to his lowest yardage total since Week 9. Kelce is 76 yards short of another 1,000-yard campaign and 15 receptions away from his fourth season with at least 100, and he'll look to pad his totals in Week 16 against a Raiders defense he delivered a 6-91-0 line against on seven targets in their first 2023 meeting.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Top DFS Play

    I have Kelce projected for three more Fantasy points than any other tight end this weekend. The price difference between him and Trey McBride just doesn't cover that. The Patriots have been a difficult matchup for tight ends this season but they haven't played very many good tight ends either. Dalton Kincaid scored 15 PPR Fantasy points against this defense and Jake Ferguson scored 14.7.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Top DFS Play

    Kelce is back on the main slate in a potential shootout against a Bills defense that he has torched in the past. That's good timing because cash game mainstay Tray McBride is on bye. George Kittle is the only other tight end I would consider in cash games in Week 14.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Sniffs century mark on six catches

    Kelce finished with six receptions on seven targets for 91 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Raiders. Kelce caught all but one of his targets and finished with his most receiving yards since his monster Week 7 performance against the Chargers. Perhaps the superstar had extra motivation Sunday after a late fumble in last week's loss to Philadelphia cost his team an opportunity to make a comeback attempt against a fellow contender. Whatever the case, the end result was another solid day of production for fantasy managers, who have received 70 receptions, 732 yards and five touchdowns from the fantasy stud through 10 games. A road matchup against the Packers is on tap for Kelce and the Chiefs next Sunday.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Mixed bag in Week 11 loss

    Kelce brought in seven of nine targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 21-17 loss to the Eagles on Monday night. He also lost a fumble. Kelce finished as the Chiefs' leader in receptions on the night and also recorded his fifth touchdown grab of the season on a four-yard catch with 1:45 remaining in the first half. However, he consistently was held to short gains by the Eagles defense, and his fumble at Philadelphia's nine-yard line early in the fourth quarter ended up being very critical in what turned out to be a four-point loss. Kelce now has at least seven receptions in five of his first nine games of the season and next tangles with the improving Raiders on the road Week 12.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Held in check by Dolphins

    Kelce caught three of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 21-14 win over Miami. The Dolphins defense clearly came into the game with a plan to make sure Kelce wouldn't beat them, as the superstar tight end was double- and triple-teamed on every route he ran. The 14 receiving yards was his lowest output since he was held to one catch for six yards in Week 1 of the 2018 season, but with Kansas City on its bye next week, expect Kelce to be well-rested and ready to rebound in Week 11 for a Super Bowl rematch with the Eagles.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Top DFS Play

    You want to use a different tight end in cash games? Kelce has more than double the per game production of all but six tight ends this season. Evan Engram is a slightly better per dollar value if you really want to go cheaper, but his matchup is terrible.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Top DFS Play

    You can see Kelce rounding into form each and every week. His 124 yards last week were a season-high, and now he's coming off a 10-day break, at home, against a mediocre Chargers defense. He's locked in as my cash game TE.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Suits up Thursday

    Kelce (ankle) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. The Chiefs' star tight end played through a low right-ankle sprain this past Sunday against the Vikings en route to recording a 10-67-1 receiving line, and he'll continue to play through the issue versus Denver with his ankle heavily taped, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. In the absence of any in-game limitations or setbacks, Kelce -- who has caught 27 of his 37 targets for 222 yards and three TDs in four games to date -- should continue to maintain his key role in Kansas City's offense, with Noah Gray and Blake Bell available to handle complementary TE snaps for the team.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Expected to face Broncos

    Kelce (ankle) is expected to play Thursday against the Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per Schefter, Kelce -- who remains listed as questionable for the contest -- is expected to play with his right ankle heavily taped. Official confirmation of the star tight end's status for Thursday's contest will arrive when the Chiefs post their inactive list approximately 90 minutes ahead of the game's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
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  • Chiefs' Travis Kelce: Trending toward playing Thursday

    Kelce (ankle) is trending upward, and the tight end should be able to play Thursday against the Broncos, barring a pregame setback, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Kelce is listed as questionable for the contest after going down as a limited participant on practice reports issued Tuesday and Wednesday. Kansas City's top pass catcher sustained a low-ankle sprain this past Sunday against Minnesota, but he returned to the game and finished with a 10-67-1 line on 11 targets. He appears set to continue playing through the injury Thursday, though official confirmation of his status won't arrive until the Chiefs post their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
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