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The Must Start Player Of The Week: Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce

By Travis Pulver - 7 years ago in Daily Fantasy, NFL News

The Must Start Player Of The Week: Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce

Every week, certain players are used in daily fantasy lineups more than others—and with good reason. They are the guys whose production makes them worth owning no matter how high the price tag is. They are the indispensable keys to victory. They are must-start players.

Who will that be this week?

Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce.

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Kelce currently ranks 12th in receiving yards amongst all receivers and is first among tight ends (he’s 46 yards ahead of Rob Gronkowski). He’s averaging over five catches a week, has had seven in each of his last two and recorded a touchdown in his previous three.

Not bad, right? But what makes him a must start?

Alex Smith is targeting him on average at least seven times a game. Three times he’s been targeted more than ten times, and he’s been targeted less than seven times only twice. According to ESPN’s fantasy scoring, he’s averaging 16.1 points per week.

That’s nice, but it doesn’t scream ‘must-start.’

But there’s more!

This week the Kansas City Chiefs will be playing the New York Giants. According to data compiled by, the Giants are allowing tight ends to score more fantasy points than any other team in the NFL.

What makes this stat even better is that this has happened even though they’ve only played a couple, maybe three, quality tight ends (Zach Ertz, Jason Witten, and Jimmy Graham). The San Francisco 49ers gave Garrett Celek the start last week, and he had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown!

If this can happen when the Giants have faced mostly subpar tight ends, what’s going to happen when they face a beast like Kelce?

Kelce is coming off a couple of strong games which might lead some daily fantasy players to think he’s due for a downfall. But the Chiefs are trying to break out of a slump having lost three of their last four. The last thing they want is to lose to one of the worst teams in the NFL.

So, expect them to make use of one of their best players early and often. Will the DKL Pros recommend Travis Kelce?


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