Kelce has finished as the No. 1 overall tight end for three consecutive seasons and is the odds on favorite to do it again. With Tyreek Hill likely back, maybe his ceiling isn’t as high as it could be, but it’s a bad idea to bet against the Chiefs’ offense right now. He’s worth of a first round pick in all formats, and especially so in TE-premium leagues.
As he has throughout organized team activities, or OTAs, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce watched Thursday’s workout from the sideline. And that likely will be his vantage point when mandatory mini-camp begins next Tuesday.
But coach Andy Reid said Thursday that should be the extent of Kelce’s absence.
“I don’t think (he’ll participate) next week,” Reid said. “I think you’ll probably see him in training camp.”
Three months removed from ankle surgery, this is just par for the course in Kelce's recovery. The Chiefs' TE is coming off of a career season, where he hauled in 103 balls for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 29-year old led all TEs in PPR points with a total of 294.6, averaging an impressive 18.4 per contest.
Kelce will return for training camp in late-July and should be full strength by then. If you want a piece of him this season you'll have to pay, as Kelce's ADP is TE1, leaving boards in the first to second round in both best-ball and redraft formats.
Sammy Watkins is listed as questionable by the Chiefs for Monday night’s game against the Rams. He didn’t practice on Friday or Saturday because of a sore foot. “We’re taking that day by day,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “We’ll see how he does as we go.’’
With Watkins not playing last week and being downgraded this week in practice from a limited participant to not practicing Friday, those with shares of Watkins should prepare not to have him Monday night in Los Angeles. With Watkins sidelined last week, Demarcus Robinson and Chris Conley only received four and two targets, respectively, in Week 10. Neither is a reliable fill-in option.
Those choices could leave less-than-stifling coverage on wide receiver Chris Conley, who missed most of last season after tearing his Achilles in the fifth game of the season. Conley has been working on the field throughout OTAs and that’s gone well enough to leave him feeling like he’s nearly back to where he wants to be.
Conley was quoted in the story as saying he's "feeling really good" and things are "pretty close back to normal." As the story pointed out, it's all good news for new QB Patrick Mahomes who will have a lot of speed at WR to work with.