Travis Kelce Fantasy Football News 2018

Monday night's Chiefs-Rams game has been moved to Los Angeles. The game was originally scheduled for Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, but there were concerns about the field conditions there. Consider the move back to U.S. soil good news for both offenses -- especially the Rams playing at home.

The forecast for today's Jaguars-Chiefs game calls for periods of heavy rain. The good news is that winds are expected to be only 6-7 mph. They aren't ideal conditions, but it's not enough for us to adjust our projections for these passing games. You might use the weather as a tiebreaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players, though.

The Chiefs have ruled TE Travis Kelce out for the rest of the Wild Card round game against the Titans with a concussion. It's his 2nd concussion of the season, following an October head injury that didn't cost Kelce any games. Demetrius Harris will see more activity in the 2nd half.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is a healthy scratch for today's finale against the Broncos. Demetrius Harris will serve as K.C.'s lead TE. RB Kareem Hunt is active, but we'd be surprised if he played much.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and has evidently passed through the protocol. Kelce has a tough matchup against the Steelers but remains an elite TE1.

The Chiefs listed TE Travis Kelce (concussion) as a full participant in Thursday's practice. If he hasn't fully cleared the protocol yet, he's close. Kelce is now a good bet to play against the Steelers this weekend.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He now has a shot to get full clearance ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers. We'll get another update on his progress tomorrow.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. He'll likely need to return to at least a limited practice on Thursday to have a shot to receive full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Steelers. Consider him no better than 50/50 for that one.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirmed that TE Travis Kelce suffered a concussion in Sunday night's win over the Texans. "He was cleared by the UNC (unaffiliated neurological consultants), but then when he came in at halftime he complained about his memory,” Reid explained. “He remembered everything in the (injury) tent, but didn’t have it once we got inside (the locker room), so we chose to hold him out.” It's the 1st known concussion of Kelce's career. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Sunday night's game that TE Travis Kelce cleared his 1st-half concussion check, but then had trouble remembering things. "He came in at halftime, and he couldn't quite remember [anything],'' Reid said, per ESPN.com. "He was remembering on the field, but he couldn't quite remember things, and so we just held him out from there.'' That's obviously worrisome. Kelce certainly wouldn't be the 1st player to be diagnosed with a concussion later. We'll keep an eye on this situation.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game at Houston to be checked for a concussion. He did not return, which would seem to indicate he suffered one. We'll keep an eye out for further details -- and then likely his progression through the league protocol.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, but it never seemed like something that would impact his 2017 campaign. Kelce led all TEs in fantasy points last year, albeit in a down season for the position. He's currently coming off the board in the 3rd round of 12-team PPR drafts.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Thursday that there's a "pretty good chance" TE Travis Kelce is ready for the start of training camp. To be perfectly honest, we had forgotten that Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason. We never got any details on the procedure, and updates on his rehab have been non-existent. We'll take that as a good sign. For now, consider Kelce's 2017 fantasy stock unaffected. We'll keep an eye on him when camp opens next month.

The Chiefs have released WR Jeremy Maclin. This one comes out of nowhere. Maclin missed 4 games last year and finished with a disappointing 44-546-2 line. But he's just 29 and went for 1,088 yards and 8 scores back in 2015. It sounds like this was a salary cap move, with Maclin's release saving the Chiefs $10 million. It shouldn't take him long to find a new employer. The Ravens would be a nice landing spot. In Kansas City, meanwhile, WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce are left as the clear top 2 options in the passing game. WR Chris Conley figures to join those guys in the starting lineup and could be an intriguing late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid revealed at the Combine that TE Travis Kelce recently underwent shoulder surgery. Reid described it as a "clean up" but didn't provide any other details on the injury or when it occurred. “He’ll probably miss some time throughout the offseason, but he’ll be ready, I believe, for camp," Reid added. This doesn't sound like something that will impact Kelce's 2017 campaign, but we'll keep an eye on him throughout the offseason.

The NFL has moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs game to 8:20 pm ET on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 ET, but Kansas City is expected to get slammed by an ice storm this weekend. The current forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain and 32-degree temperatures for Sunday night, so we're not sure what the new kickoff time is accomplishing. Wind isn't expected to be an issue, but the conditions will obviously be less than ideal for the passing games.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce tied an NFL record on Thursday night by racking up 100+ yards for the 4th straight game. Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham are the only other TEs in NFL history to pull that off. The Raiders had no answer for Kelce, whose 5 receptions went for 15, 16, 28, 8 and 34 yards. He did a bunch of damage after the catch and also made a contorting grab down the seam. Kelce led the Chiefs with 8 targets -- 30.8% of QB Alex Smith's total attempts. No TE is hotter right now. Kelce should keep rolling next week against a middle Titans TE defense.

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He'll return for Thursday night's game against the Raiders after missing the previous 4 weeks. Maclin has averaged 8 targets in his 7 full games this season and has a shot to see somewhere in that vicinity vs. Oakland. He's a risky WR3 in his 1st game back, but he puts a dent in WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce's projections.

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He put in 3 limited practices this week and seemingly has a chance to return for Week 14. His absence again leaves WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce as the top 2 targets in Kansas City's passing game.

The forecast for today's Chiefs-Raiders game calls for a 60% chance of rain with winds of 15-19 mph. "Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph," according to The Weather Channel. That wind is a much bigger concern than the rain. It'll impact both passing games, especially deeps balls. That's a bigger issue for Derek Carr than Alex Smith, who rarely goes deep anyway. We're nudging Carr and his WRs down the Week 6 Rankings.

 
 
 

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