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Falcons TE Jacob Tamme will head to training camp as the starter, according to insider Orlando Ledbetter.  He'll need to hold off Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo for the job.  Moeaki is the best athlete of the bunch but has never been able to stay healthy.  Toilolo, a better blocker than receiver, caught just 31 balls as Atlanta's starter last year.  Tamme has topped 20 catches just twice -- both with Peyton Manning -- and turned 30 in March.  There's not a ton of upside here, but he could emerge as a matchup option if he hangs on to the starting job.

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5 months ago

The Falcons signed TE Tony Moeaki on the same day they added TE Jacob Tamme.  Moeaki is a plus athlete at 6'3 and 252 pounds.  But he's had all sorts of injury problems, playing in just 22 games over the past 4 seasons.  He's still only 28 (in June) and will be worth monitoring this summer.  But neither the Falcons nor fantasy owners should be relying on Moeaki in 2015.

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Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki is "part of the game plan" against the Chiefs," HC Pete Carroll said.  Seattle signed Moeaki a couple weeks ago, but he hasn't been active for a game yet.  “We were really excited about him first week and thought to play him, but we felt that he would be too limited because he just didn’t have enough time to learn stuff,” Carroll said of Moeaki. “He’s picked things up and practiced with the first group."  TEs Luke Willson (ankle) and Cooper Helfet (knee) are both banged-up, giving Moeaki an opportunity to emerge.  He's always been an intriguing talent but has been unable to stay healthy.  We'll keep an eye on him today, but Moeaki shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups.

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Bills insider Joe Buscaglia believes TE Tony Moeaki is capable of pushing TE Scott Chandler for playing time this year.  With Chandler missing last week's minicamp for personal reasons, Moeaki "got a ton of time with the first-team ... and was relatively impressive," per Buscaglia.  Moeaki has always had an intriguing skill set and flashed with a 47-556-3 line in his 2010 rookie season.  He's had trouble staying healthy but is still only 27.  We'll keep an eye on Buffalo's TE situation when camp opens next month.  Neither Moeaki nor Chandler are worth targeting in standard fantasy drafts right now.

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Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki suffered a fractured shoulder in Saturday night's preseason game.  That figures to knock him out for at least the 1st half of the season and may even force him to IR.  Moeaki had been running as Kansas City's 3rd TE behind Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.  The oft-injured TE is well off the fantasy radar.

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The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz calls Chiefs rookie TE Travis Kelce QB Alex Smith's "favorite target."  Insider Adam Teicher adds that Kelce has been running ahead of Tony Moeaki in practice and "can line up in a variety of spots."  Kelce is jockeying with both Moeaki and Anthony Fasano for snaps and targets, although Fasano is expected to be used mostly as a blocker in HC Andy Reid's offense.  We like Kelce to lead Chiefs TEs in fantasy points this season.  He's worth considering near the end of your draft as a TE2 flier.

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The TEs are expected to play a significant role in Chiefs HC Andy Reid's passing game.  The squad has been running a lot of 2-TE sets in OTAs.  “I think the offense is very friendly for a tight end," Anthony Fasano said. “You can tell they’re becoming a very valuable position in this offense. We ultimately determine (how many passes they catch) by how we play, if we make plays, exploit mismatches. The tight ends have a good opportunity in this offense."  Reid is especially high on rookie Travis Kelce, comparing him to Jeremy Shockey.  “He gives you another offensive threat, somebody that the defense will have to honor by speed and athletic ability," Reid said of the 3rd-round pick. “They moved him (in college) all around so he doesn’t have to play in line. You can move him out as a wide receiver in that position and he’s a legitimate receiver from that spot.”  We like Kelce's long-term potential, but the presence of Fasano and Tony Moeaki puts a cap on his 2013 upside.

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2 years ago

Chiefs HC Andy Reid is already talking about splitting 3rd-round rookie TE Travis Kelce out wide.  “He doesn’t have to play on the line," Reid said. "You can move him out as a wide receiver and he’s a legitimate receiver in that spot. He gives you another offensive threat, somebody that the defense will have to honor with his speed and athletic ability."  Kelce's draft stock dropped due to character concerns.  He was suspended for the entire 2010 season, reportedly for a failed drug test.  But he broke out for 722 yards and 8 TDs this past year.  And the 6'5, 255-pounder is a fluid athlete with 4.6 speed.  He's joining a crowded TE corps in Kansas City with Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano.  But Kelce is the most physically gifted of the group.  We like his odds of emerging as the team's primary pass-catching TE this year.

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2 years ago

The Chiefs added TE Travis Kelce with the 63rd overall pick of the draft.  HC Andy Reid continues to put his stamp on this offense.  The Chiefs signed the reliable Anthony Fasano earlier this offseason and now bring in an athletic pass-catching TE in Kelce.  The former Cincinnati Bearcat went for 722 yards and 8 scores on 45 catches this past year.  He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash at 6'5 and 255 pounds.  We like Kelce's odds of stepping right in as the Chiefs' primary pass-catching TE.  He'll be worth a look as a fantasy backup.  TE Tony Moeaki's time in Kansas City might be over.

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