|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 6|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 255 lb.|
|Born:||October 5, 1989|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 3 (63)|
Kelce (ankle) is on track for training camp, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: A spectator throughout the offseason program, Kelce will be about six months removed from ankle surgery when the Chiefs open training camp in late July. He downplayed the severity of his procedure, referring to it as a "clean-up" during an April interview. The 29-year-old hasn't missed a game for medical reasons since a knee injury wiped out his rookie campaign in 2013.
Kelce (ankle) no longer needs a walking boot and has resumed working out, but he isn't sure when he'll be ready for football activities, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Kelce had surgery to address a lingering ankle injury after the Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs. While the procedure reportedly wasn't too serious, the rehab process may keep him off the field through OTAs and June minicamp. There hasn't been any suggestion that the 29-year-old tight end is in danger of missing the start of training camp in late July.
Kelce recently underwent ankle surgery and is expected to miss the majority of the team's spring workouts, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: It's worth noting that Kelce is expected to be back in time for training camp after undergoing surgery to "cleanup" a preexisting injury. While the procedure doesn't sound serious, it's something worth monitoring throughout the course of the offseason given Kelce's sheer dominance the past three seasons, recording 3,499 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns over that stretch.
Kelce caught three of five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Kelce was given extra attention by the Patriots defense, which held him to just a fraction of his production from last week's matchup against the Colts. He salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown reception on the first drive of the third quarter, but he contributed little else. Kelce compiled a line of 103 catches for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season, positioning himself as one of the few elite fantasy tight ends. He'll enter 2019 as such and will look to deliver as one of Patrick Mahomes' top targets.
Kelce caught seven of 10 passes for 108 yards during Saturday's 31-13 win over the Colts.
Analysis: Like he has all season, Kelce was there to deliver crucial blows against the Chiefs' opponent on Saturday. Perhaps none of Kelce's catches hurt more than his 30-yard catch-and-run up the seam late in the second quarter. After dominating throughout the first half, the Colts had swung the momentum with a blocked punt for a touchdown before Kelce cut up their defense on the very next offensive play to help lead to a Chiefs touchdown that placed them up by three scores before halftime. He'll have a tough matchup no matter whether the Chiefs take on the Chargers or Patriots in the AFC championship game. Kelce combined for 13 catches for 128 yards on 24 targets in three games against those squads this season
Kelce caught five passes (nine targets) for 62 yards in Sunday's 35-3 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: It wasn't a huge fantasy performance by any means, but Kelce was able to set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,336. That record lasted for less than an hour, however, as 49ers' tight end George Kittle had a monster second half and also took down Rob Gronkowski's record just minutes after the Kelce had. Even though he currently sits second on the all-time list, it's hard to find holes in the star tight end's 2018 regular season. Expect Kelce to be heavily involved in the gameplan regardless of opponent in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Kelce hauled in five of his nine targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Kelce tied for the team lead with nine targets, though that didn't translate to a strong performance as he recorded his lowest yardage total since Week 10 against the Cardinals. He was largely bottled up by the Seahawks' secondary, and while his longest reception went for 23 yards, he averaged under eight yards on his other four receptions. On a positive note, he'll have an advantageous matchup against the Raiders in the regular-season finale and should command plenty of targets once again.
Kelce brought in seven of nine targets for 61 yards in the Chiefs' 29-28 loss to the Chargers on Thursday.
Analysis: Kelce's reception total was tops on the Chiefs, while his receiving yardage checked in behind only that of Damien Williams'. The seven-year pro now has consecutive seven-catch efforts, and he's tallied no less than six grabs and as many as 12 in seven straight games. Kelce will look to continue filling his expansive role in Kansas City's high-octane attack against the Seahawks in a Week 16 Sunday night interconference battle.
Kelce corralled seven of nine targets, compiling 77 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 win against the Ravens.
Analysis: Kelce has been white hot over Kansas City's past three outings, averaging 9.7 catches and 124 receiving yards per game with four total touchdowns over that stretch (5.8 catches and 76 receiving YPG between Weeks 6 and 10). To provide an idea of just how dominant he's been of late, Kelce entered Sunday with 28.5-plus PPR points in three of his past four outings, compared to three such performances for all other NFL tight ends this season. Week 15 provides a matchup against a Chargers defense that's held opposing tight ends to a 58.1 percent catch rate this year (second best in the league).
Kelce caught 12 of 13 targets for 168 yards and two touchdowns, but lost one fumble during the opening drive of Sunday's 40-33 win against Oakland.
Analysis: The three-time Pro Bowl tight end cost his team early, but it was all downhill from there -- fumbling on the opening play from scrimmage before proceeding to rack up two touchdowns and more than 140 receiving yards the remainder of the way against a porous Oakland secondary. Kelce has been even more dominant than usual of late, accounting for 22 receptions, 295 yards and three touchdowns over the past two contests, compared to per-game averages of 5.7 catches, 78.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns through the first 10 weeks of the season. Week 14 presents a matchup against a No. 2 Baltimore pass defense that's actually proven susceptible to tight end production, allowing 753 receiving yards and five touchdowns to the position in 2018 (bottom 10 in both categories).
Kelce caught 10 of 15 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 54-51 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Kelce was a consistent presence in Monday's scoring explosion, leading the Chiefs in targets and tying Tyreke Hill for the lead in receptions. Although Hill went off for a career-high 215 yards, Kelce's 127 still marked a season best. Furthermore, his four-yard touchdown during the third quarter gave him seven on the season and four over his last four games. That sends the All-Pro tight end into Kansas City's bye week on a strong recent run.
Kelce brought in six of seven targets for 46 yards in the Chiefs' 26-14 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He also fumbled once.
Analysis: Kelce checked in second in receptions and targets behind Tyreek Hill on the afternoon, although he failed to top 50 yards for the first time since the opening week of the season. The 29-year-old was also targeted in the end zone by Patrick Mahomes but was unable to come up with what would have been his seventh touchdown of the campaign. Despite the drop in overall production, Kelce still delivered a relatively PPR-friendly performance and will look to play an even bigger role in the Week 11 Monday night showdown against the Rams in Mexico City.
Kelce caught seven of nine targets for 99 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-21 win over Cleveland.
Analysis: The Browns played Kansas City close for much of Sunday, but Kelce helped the Chiefs pull away midway through the third quarter by skying between defenders for a 13-yard score, his second of the game. Kelce is finding a groove with three touchdowns in his last two contests after just three during the season's first seven games. Next Sunday brings an Arizona pass defense ranked in the top 10 in the league surrendering just 225 passing yards per game.
Kelce caught six of 10 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 30-23 win over Denver.
Analysis: Kelce's touchdown reception got Kansas City's offense back on track midway through the second quarter as he split two defenders for a nine-yard score, his first touchdown since his last matchup against Denver in Week 4. Kelce is now on pace to tie his career high in touchdown receptions for a season and, even when he isn't scoring, continues to pile up receptions and yardage. The sixth-year veteran has now nabbed at least five passes in seven consecutive games and has topped 90 yards receiving in five of those contests. A tough matchup against a stingy Cleveland pass defense looms next Sunday.
Kelce brought in all five of his targets for 95 yards in Sunday's 45-10 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: Backup tight end Demetrius Harris was the Chiefs' tight end the hit paydirt, with Kelce doing all of his damage between the 20's. The veteran only has three touchdowns so far this year, but his 563 receiving yards ranks second amongst all NFL tight ends. Kelce will look to continue his steady production against the Broncos in Week 8.
Kelce hauled in five of nine targets for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Kelce had a solid day at the office, but his stat line paled in comparison to the receiving numbers Tyreke Hill and Kareem Hunt put up. The All-Pro tight end is no longer the top receiving target in Kansas City for the first time in a while, but he has still posted usable fantasy numbers with 462 yards and three touchdowns over the last five weeks. Kelce will look to continue his consistent production against the Bengals on Sunday.
Kelce caught five of eight targets for 100 yards during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Kelce continues to be the most consistently dangerous tight end in the game. Since a Week 1 hiccup, Kelce has caught at least five passes in every game and has either totaled 100 yards or scored in each of those contests. The way this offense is able to move the ball, even when faced with some adversity in the form of a tough Jaguars defense, Kelce should be a start every week, even against a looming and crafty Patriots defense that is sure to mix things up on Sunday.
Kelce caught seven of 12 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 27-23 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Kelce paced Kansas City in receiving yards and scored the team's lone touchdown through the air with a two-yard plunge during the fourth quarter. The Pro Bowler has now finished with at least seven catches in three straight games, a span in which he's topped 75 yards each week while scoring three times. Clearly on a roll with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kelce and the Chiefs' passing attack will now look forward to testing their strength against the stingy Jaguars secondary in Week 5.
Kelce brought in eight of 10 targets for 114 yards in the Chiefs' 38-27 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: Kelce showed up in a big way for the second straight week, pacing the team in both receptions and receiving yards and eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive contest. The veteran tight end is naturally one of many weapons available to Patrick Mahomes, but he's encouragingly seen no fewer than six targets in any of the first three games. Given the amount of defensive attention likely to be heaped on Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins in the air attack each week, Kelce should continue enjoying plenty of exploitable matchups as the season unfolds. He'll look to stay hot against the Broncos in a Week 4 Monday night battle.
Kelce snagged seven of 10 targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 42-37 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Kelce fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Following a disappointing one-catch outing in Week 1, Kelce hooked up with Patrick Mahomes for touchdowns of 19 and 25 yards, both coming up the seam. Kelce is among the best tight ends in the league in stretching the field vertically. Now equipped with a quarterback of Mahomes' arm strength, things can get ugly for oppsing defenses. Expect to see more of Week 2 Kelce than Week 1 Kelce this season.
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