3 Best Travis Kelce Prop Bets for Bengals vs Chiefs AFC Championship Game
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the cusp of making their third straight Super Bowl appearance. However, they will need to take care of business against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday first. Tight End Travis Kelce is sure to play one of the biggest roles in this AFC Championship matchup.
With that being said, here are three of the best Travis Kelce prop bets for this highly-anticipated AFC clash, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Travis Kelce Prop Bets
1. Receiving Yards: Under 76.5 (-114)
Kelce has proven over the last few years that he turns into a different kind of beast in the NFL Playoffs. The All-Pro tight end averages 85.4 receiving yards across 14 postseason contests, but draws a tough matchup on Sunday. Cincinnati held Kelce to just 25 yards during their Week 17 matchup and showed an ability to keep him from racking up any kind of yards after the catch. Overall, Kelce averaged 70.3 receiving yards per game in the regular season and would likely need 6-8 receptions in order to reach this total. That is a lot to ask of a player that blocks on nearly 30% of Kansas City passing plays.
2. Longest Reception: Under 23.5 (-122)
This prop bet comes down to one statistic and one statistic only. None of Kelce's 5 receptions against the Bengals in Week 17 went for more than 8 yards. That was the only time this season that Kelce has not had a reception of 10 or more yards in a game. Keep in mind that the seven-time Pro Bowler has also not logged a reception for over 23 yards nine times in 2021 (18 games). Kelce has become quarterback Patrick Mahomes' security blanket and regularly sees his targets come closer to the line of scrimmage. That leaves little opportunity for the former Cincinnati standout to have a big play in the AFC Championship.
3. Anytime Touchdown Scorer (-155)
While Kelce may not have biggest game through the air, he is still a solid bet to score on Sunday. After all, the 32-year-old has reached the end zone in each of his last five games and seen seven red zone targets during that span. It's worth noting that Kelce has also scored a touchdown in seven of his last nine playoff games. Mahomes realizes that his tight end's frame makes him a mismatch against almost any defender down near the goal line. Kelce has the ability to score via a shovel pass, fade route or even a rushing attempt. That kind of versatility gives this prop a ton of value this weekend.
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