5 Fantasy Football Week 1 replacements for Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce hyperextended his knee at practice on Tuesday, putting his status for the Kansas City Chiefs' Thursday night game in serious doubt. Fantasy football managers will be left scrambling - no doubt - but these five tight ends can help temporarily alleviate the loss of fantasy's No. 1 tight end.
Dawson Knox should still be on fantasy football radars.
Dawson Knox should still be on fantasy football radars. / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages
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Jake Ferguson, pictured hurdling Jason Pinnock, is on the fantasy football radar after the departure of Dalton Schultz.
Jake Ferguson is on the fantasy football radar after the departure of Dalton Schultz. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

#4. Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys

Longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz has swapped Dallas for Houston, and signed with the Texans this offseason. Now, sophomore tight end Jake Ferguson has taken the reigns and will serve as the team's starting tight end for 2023.

The Cowboys did not have much outside of Ceedee Lamb and Schultz for targets in the passing game last year, but America's Team went out and added Brandin Cooks to the fold this summer. This, combined with a healthy Michael Gallup, means there will be plenty of options for Dak Prescott, who notably struggled in 2022. Despite a more crowded receiver room, Prescott still loves his tight ends.

Schultz was able to establish himself as a fantasy football force thanks to his consistency. The newly minted Houston Texan recorded 55 or more catches and 550 or more yards in each of the last three years, and his role now belongs to Jake Ferguson.

The sophomore tight end is only owned in 5.3 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, and although regarded as more of a blocker, that is the kind of thing that will get you snaps and keep you on the field. The Cowboys run a high-octane offense capable of supporting multiple players in fantasy, and Ferguson should be no exception.

As a rookie in 2022, Ferguson caught four passes for 40 yards and a score against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6, and popped back up in Week 12 against the New York Giants when he caught three passes for 57 yards. The Giants have notoriously struggled to cover tight ends for several years, making Week 1 an inviting matchup for Ferguson and the Cowboys. For fantasy football managers frantically searching for Kelce cover, the 24-year-old is worth a flier.