It's no secret that the fantasy football tight end pool starts with one very big fish named Travis Kelce. The Kansas City All-Pro wasn't just the No. 1 fantasy scorer at tight end by a wide margin (more than 35 points, Athlon scoring), he also was a top-30 overall fantasy performer, and that includes quarterbacks.
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Kelce is clearly the cream of the tight end crop right now and is the only one worthy of first-round consideration. That doesn't mean he'll live up to it, however, as plenty of fantasy owners still remember getting burned by Rob Gronkowski during his heyday. However, Kelce's been the best at the position for five straight seasons so the risk is worth the potential reward.
But that's also not to say that Kelce is the only tight end worth drafting in the early rounds this year. Darren Waller is uncoverable at times and would probably be on Kelce's level if he had Patrick Mahomes for his quarterback. George Kittle is just two seasons removed from a 1,300-yard campaign and if healthy, he should reclaim his elite TE1 status. And everyone is buzzing about Kyle Pitts, the Falcons rookie who became the highest tight end ever drafted and will be catching passes from Matt Ryan.
So while there's no doubt that Kelce will be the first tight end snatched up in fantasy drafts (and he'll go quickly), he's not the only one capable of helping you win a fantasy championship in 2021.