When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
One of the many athletes that make the Kansas City Chiefs the best team in the NFL right now is their talented tight end Travis Kelce, who last season was the most productive at his position as well as ranked fourth among all NFL wide receivers, not a common happening for most players at that typically less targeted position.
But Kelce is definitely not most players, the 7-season veteran with almost 6,500 total yards in his career so far and 37 touchdowns, the 6’5” 260-pound beast also providing his share of blocks for the Chiefs’ pass protection and run game.
The follow-up season for any Super Bowl Champion team is never a given (and often feels cursed), so expect Kelce to play a major role in the team’s follow attempt at another Lombardi Trophy as we look at the predictions and odds of his 2020 total passing yards.
Odds taken 4, June 2020 from DraftKings
|Travis Kelce Total Receiving Yards, 2020||Odds|
Keep in mind the odds in these wagers will shift plenty of times before the actual games are played, so be sure to check back here often to get all the latest numbers.
Wager Note: For the last two seasons, Kelce has had 1,126+ total passing yards, while missing this over on one of his earlier years by only a yard (1,125 total passing yards in 2016).
As the man once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and the Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning Super Bowl Champs, are not broke, and a big reason for that is their 5th ranked passing attack, with Kelce being a huge part of that success.
With Kelce attempting to get open in the middle of the field, defenses have to split their attention away from the other Cheifs’ offensive threats, like speedy receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and now Mecole Hardman, all capable deep threats (especially when not double-teamed), this combination of targets driving KC opponents crazy.
Offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy knows how to balance all of that like a maestro, so Kelce should remain an integral part of the system, but there is one factor that could change all that slightly, and that’s the result of the Chiefs’ first-round pick in the draft, LSU star running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
It seems unlikely that any rookie added to the Chiefs’ roster would greatly affect the overall production of an effective veteran like Kelce, but there are ways a better running game in Kansas City might inherently do that.
Last season the Chiefs’ had the 23rd ranked rushing attack, so Kelce was targeted more to make up for that, but with Edwards-Helaire now in the backfield that could all change, especially if the rookie turns out to be the playmaker everyone expects him to be, which could lessen the total amount of times Kelce touches the ball.
The other way Kelce could be affected by an improved Kansas City run game is by the simple fact that it will necessitate him blocking a whole lot more and that increased physical contact throughout games could wear him out by the fourth quarter and over the season more so than having to run short receiver patterns untouched would, and then injury becomes a bigger possibility.
When you look at what it took Kelce to get to the NFL, it’s obvious the guy is a fighter who doesn’t let anyone else’s opinion prevent him from going for what he feels is his, starting with Rivals.com ranking him as just a 2-star recruit out of high school.
This means his college offers were not elite, but Kelce took a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and made the best of it, at least enough to get selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.
A knee injury kept him mostly off the field his rookie season, but since then Kelce has been on track to be one of the greatest at his position to ever play the game, his almost 71% catching percentage an indication of the value he brings to Kansas City offense, something that should be on full display in 2020.
Pick: Take the over here – Kelce is too valuable to this Kansas City offense to change how he has been used, and (barring injury) his numbers should just keep on accumulating, with Mahomes getting better at better and utilizing him on the field.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.