Here's Why Travis Kelce Is an Interesting Dark Horse to Lead the NFL in Receiving Yards

Max Staley
Travis Kelce has a chance to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2020.
Travis Kelce has a chance to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2020. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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With Rob Gronkowski past his prime, Travis Kelce is arguably the NFL's most-dangerous tight end – though he has some stiff competition from George Kittle. In fact, Kelce is one of just four players to have racked up at least 2,500 receiving yards and 15 scores over the past two seasons. He's notably the only tight end to have accomplished this feat.

With +3300 odds to lead the NFL in receiving next season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, Kelce makes for an intriguing dark-horse option.

Last season, Kelce's 1,229 receiving yards were good for the fourth-best total in the NFL. Of course, he reached that total despite the fact that Patrick Mahomes missed two games (and one half of another) in the 2019 campaign.

Before Patrick Mahomes went down, Kelce averaged 82.8 receiving yards per game over the first six weeks of the season, which put him on a 16-game pace to rack up 1,325 yards. It's a small sample size, but that's not exactly an unrealistic projection for Kelce, who tallied 1,336 receiving yards in 2018 with a full 16-game season from Mahomes.

Notably, only three players had more than 1,300 yards last year. Assuming he and Mahomes maintain their usual level of production in the 2020 season, Kelce will likely be in the mix to lead the league in receiving. Getting him at +3300, which is tied for just the 12th-best odds in the league, is certainly an interesting value.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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