Fanelli’s Fantasy Files: Kansas City Chiefs Bold Fantasy Predictionsby Mike Fanelli July 2, 2021 0 comments
While the 2021 NFL season is still months away, it is never too early to prepare for the fantasy season. Whether it’s research, mock drafts, or going with your gut, everyone has a way to prepare for their fantasy drafts. However, this isn’t another article to help you prepare for the fantasy season. Today, I am going to give three bold fantasy predictions for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021.
All stats are base on PPR scoring.
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Travis Kelce leads the League in Receiving Touchdowns
Last season, Kelce finished tied for first among tight ends with 11 touchdowns. Furthermore, he finished tied for fifth overall in the league. It marked the second time in the past three seasons that Kelce scored double-digit touchdowns. Since Patrick Mahomes took over as the starting quarterback, Kelce has 26 touchdowns in 47 games. With Sammy Watkins in Baltimore, Mahomes will have to rely on Kelce more when Tyreek Hill gets double-teamed or when the team is in the red zone. Last season, Kelce had a red zone target share of 28.6 percent and 22 red zone targets. Fantasy owners should expect Kelce to have a red zone target share closer to 31 percent and 27 or more red zone targets this year, which should lead to more touchdowns.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Finishes as a Top-12 Running Back
Edwards-Helaire finished his rookie season as the RB22, averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game. While Edwards-Helaire scored under 12.5 fantasy points in four of his final six games last season, he scored 13 or more in five of his first seven games. In the six games before the Chiefs added Le’Veon Bell, Edwards-Helaire averaged 21.3 touches and 15.9 fantasy points per game. Edwards-Helaire’s 15.9 fantasy points would have finished as the RB11 last season on a point per game basis among running backs with at least seven games played. With Bell and Damien Williams out of Kansas City, Darrel Williams is the only threat to Edwards-Helaire’s touches this season. Entering his second season in the league and first with a complete offseason, expect Edwards-Helaire to have a bounce-back season.
Patrick Mahomes Throws for Over 5,500 Yards
Currently, Peyton Manning holds the record for most passing yards in a season with 5,477. However, that record is at risk this season with the extra game, and the most likely candidate to break the record is Mahomes. In his three years as the starter, Mahomes has averaged 308.2 passing yards per game in 45 contests. Over a 17 game slate, 308.2 passing yards per game comes out to 5,239 yards for the season. With several players, including Mahomes, wanting to go 20-0 this season, he could easily average the 323.5 passing yards per game needed to break Manning’s record and throw for over 5,500 yards. As long as Kelce and Hill stay healthy, no passing record is out of Mahomes’ reach.
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