Would You Rather: Draft Travis Kelce or George Kittle for 2020 Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Would you rather draft Travis Kelce or George Kittle as the top tight end in 2020 fantasy football?
Would you rather draft Travis Kelce or George Kittle as the top tight end in 2020 fantasy football? / David Eulitt/Getty Images

There is a clear Tier 1 among fantasy football tight ends in 2020: the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce and San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle.

With such a clear-cut top two players at the position, which one should you be targeting in 2020 fantasy football drafts?

On the surface, the question might look simple — Kelce finished as the TE1 in PPR scoring formats for four straight seasons. It's not unreasonable to think we may see a changing of the guard this year, however, as Kittle matched Kelce's league-leading 15.9 fantasy points per game in 2019.

Kelce is one of the top targets in one of the best offenses in the NFL, and that's obviously a great situation for fantasy production. The Chiefs' wide array of offensive threats does threaten Kelce's volume, however. He accounted for 24 percent of KC's targets last season, while Kittle accounted for 28 percent of the 49ers' targets when active.

If anything, Kittle's market share could even be in for an increase in 2019, with Emmanuel Sanders gone and Deebo Samuel already struggling with injuries.

Of course, the Chiefs' huge edge in passing volume still left Kelce averaging more targets per game than Kelce in 2019. The 49ers ran the ball on over 50 percent of their snaps in 2019, but no team has done that in back-to-back seasons since 2014, so San Fran could be for some increased volume in 2020.

Ultimately, picking between Kelce and Kittle is a little bit like splitting hairs. According to Fantasy Pros' average draft position (ADP) data, Kelce is going as the 17th player off the board, while Kittle is going 23rd, so both are likely to be second-round picks in any given draft.

The popular first pick between the two is going to be Kelce, but there's also a real argument to be made for taking Kittle if you believe the 49ers will be throwing the ball more in 2020.

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