Travis Kelce Fantasy Football Outlook For The 2021 NFL Season With Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce exceeded expectations once again as he concluded yet another stellar campaign for the 2020 season. However, even with his massive contributions on the field, the Chiefs still came up short in their Super Bowl LV tilt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Heading to the 2021 season, Kelce will once again serve as one of the major contributors for the Chiefs alongside QB Patrick Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill. A tough loss to Tom Brady and the Bucs should already serve as a wake-up call for the Chiefs to get back in the championship stage and vie for the title once again.
Travis Kelce Fantasy Football Outlook
2020 Fantasy Stats
Kelce just finished a career season where he notched a total of 1,416 receiving yards on 105 catches to go with 11 touchdowns – setting an NFL record for tight ends. His impressive numbers certainly brought along huge fantasy points for his owners with a total of 207.76, thus seeing a large increase from his previous tally of 157.3 back in 2019.
Looking back at last season, the Cincinnati product had a slow start on the field regarding his individual numbers. However, he kicked into high gear in the second half of their campaign from Week 8 until the final game of the regular season. In that span, he managed to exceed 15 fantasy points in six of eight games, which are pretty solid numbers for a tight end.
Kelce’s greatest output came at Week 13 against the Denver Broncos where he recorded 136 receiving yards on 8 catches and a touchdown for a total of 19.6 fantasy points. The following week, he produced the same amount of fantasy points from their Week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins where he once again caught 136 receiving yards on 8 catches and a touchdown scored.
2021 Fantasy Projections
After seeing a historic season, the bar has already been set higher for Travis Kelce as he aims to have another First-Team All-Pro selection in 2021. Along with this, it remains to be seen if he can exceed the huge numbers that he previously tallied in 2020. However, the only definite thing as of the moment is that he will continue to be a major cornerstone for the Chiefs for the foreseeable future.
Just as how it was in the previous seasons, head coach Andy Reid will still entrust a heavy workload on his tight end’s shoulders which means that Kelce will have many opportunities to produce great numbers on the field next season. At the same time, there aren’t really any other threats on the Chiefs roster that could potentially replace him as the team’s TE1 anytime soon.
Even though he is already set to play at the age of 32 for the upcoming season, Travis Kelce hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down just yet. His recent performances along with a quarterback of Mahomes’ caliber should already assure fantasy owners that he is worthy of getting picked early off the boards. With the type of offense that the Chiefs have, it wouldn’t be a reach to say that Kelce does have a great fantasy outlook ahead of him as he aims to exceed 1,000 yards for the sixth straight season in 2021.
Rank at Position
Each and every NFL fan can attest to the fact that Kelce has already cemented his status as the league’s top tight end, especially after having a career season. His rise to the top also came in part after San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle sustained a knee injury along with a broken foot which kept him out for the majority of last season.
After an injury-plagued year, the former Iowa talent, along with the rest of his team, is aiming to have a bounce-back campaign in 2021. However, they would definitely have to do a ton of work in order to get back to their previous Super Bowl form and be at par once again with Kelce and the Chiefs.
Below Travis Kelce and Kittle’s tier comes the other prolific tight ends in Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, and T.J. Hockenson to round out the league’s top five in the position. As of the moment, the only factor that could hinder Kelce from having another productive campaign for his fantasy owners is his health along with that of Mahomes.
If both of them manage to get through the whole season in the pink of health then Travis Kelce would definitely be capable of dealing a great amount of damage in fantasy matchups week-in and week-out. Heading to his ninth year in the league, the six-time Pro Bowler remains to be a hot commodity among fantasy owners and they would be wise to add him to their rosters before the end of the first round.