Well hello there, Travis Kelce. Welcome to the fantasy radar.
The Kansas City Chiefs' 24-year-old tight end saw just three targets in the first half of Thursday's preseason contest against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he turned those into two catches, 73 yards and a touchdown.
I know, I know. It's just the preseason. The numbers mean about as much as a pair of shoes on a panda. But it's not Thursday's production that is so intriguing about Kelce. It's the package.
On a 69-yard touchdown reception, he caught a pass across the middle and absolutely outran everyone. TWCSportsChannel.com's Nick Jacobs and ESPN's Adam Teicher discussed the University of Cincinnati's product's tantalizing natural tools:
That's the Travis Kelce I saw on tape. Gronk type speed & size. Pure mismatch against S & LBs.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 8, 2014
That's the dimension Travis Kelce gives the Chiefs. A 260 pound TE who can run— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 8, 2014
Tight ends with size and wheels are all the rage in today's NFL, and that's why the Chiefs used a third-round pick on Kelce during the 2013 draft. He missed his entire rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery in his knee, and now he's working back towards full health.
Where will Kelce finish the season among fantasy TE's?
“The way he’s rehabbed to get better to this point is outstanding,” said quarterback Chase Daniel, via The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz. “It’s a grind … an every-single day mentality. He did an excellent job last year in camp, and he’s trying to get his legs under him right now."
Well, it would appear he has his legs under him.
I'm not saying to go overboard and draft him as your starting tight end. But Anthony Fasano is the only competition at the position, there aren't many reliable pass-catchers in Kansas City outside of Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles and he is clearly talented.
Feel free to use a last-round lottery ticket on Kelce. At the very least, pay close attention to him once the season starts.