TE1: Travis Kelce

Imran Khan
Travis Kelce
(Kansas City Star)

Travis Kelce is a Match-Up Nightmare For Defenses

Travis Kelce, in my opinion, is TE1 in Fantasy for the 2020 season. Kelce has achieved 1000 receiving yards in four straight seasons. The lowest floor for Kelce is 862 receiving yards, which occurred in his rookie season. Since the arrival of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce has gone Supernova. Over the last two seasons, Kelce has amassed 200 catches, 2565 yards, and 15 touchdowns, more than any other tight end. On top of being a consistent threat, he is also durable, only missing one game in the last six seasons.

It isn’t fair just to pigeonhole Travis Kelce as just a tight end because he is much more than that, he is a mismatch for any defense. When you look at the explosive Kansas City Chief’s offense, he is the first target Patrick Mahomes looks for when things get rocky. Yes, Tyreek Hill is a superstar in his own right and can take the top off the defense on any play. However, when Mahomes needs a significant conversion or a clutch catch, he looks for number 87.

Kelce is a matchup nightmare for defenses because they don’t know how to guard him. Linebackers are just too slow, and defensive backs are too small. The Houston Texans were a prime example of this. The Texans jumped out to a 28-0 lead before getting outscored 51-3 (no, that is not a typo). Kelce tore the Houston defense apart with ten catches, 134 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.

How High Should You Take A Tight End?

So, how high of a pick would you be comfortable investing in Travis Kelce? Honestly, I would be comfortable taking Travis Kelce as early as the end of the first round. The Tight End position is very depleted. There are only a handful of options that you can rely on every week. That being said, scarcity at the position is not why I would take Kelce at the end of the first round. He can be a real cornerstone for your Fantasy team and someone I can rely on every week to win games. Not only are you getting the best player at a weak position, but that player is also like to finish extremely high in overall scoring when the fantasy season is over. 

If you were to take Kelce at say pick 11 or pick 12 in a standard 12-team draft, you could quickly grab a capable running back to pair with him. My ideal scenario would be drafting Kelce and maybe Nick Chubb or Miles Sanders with my first two picks. Wide receiver is a position that has a lot of depth, and you can get value in the later rounds. You can wait until round three or later or address that position. 

Final Thoughts

Some may think that taking a Tight End in the first two rounds is too costly. They may opt to wait and see if a George Kittle or Zach Ertz is there in the third round. I am not willing to take that gamble or settle for their production. I am not saying to take Kelce in the first half of your draft, that would be a reach. However, at the end of the first round, I would take him with one of your first two picks. I don’t think he’ll be available in the third round.

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