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As we gear up for another prime-time game on Monday Night Football, rather than focus on the quarterback battle -- as there is no comparison between the Packers' Aaron Rodgers and the 49ers C. J. Beathard -- this game does feature two elite tight ends.


Both Jimmy Graham and George Kittle are top-10 fantasy tight ends this year in PPR formats, ranking eighth and fifth, respectively. Graham is the bigger name and definitely owns the fantasy history, but Kittle has put together a solid fantasy season so far, despite losing his starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, in Week 3.


Let's take a look at their numbers on the season to help decide which is the better fantasy start tonight.


Graham: 36 targets, 22 receptions, 245 yards, 1 touchdown

Kittle: 35 targets, 23 receptions, 399 yards, 1 touchdown


As you can see their numbers are almost identical, aside from receiving yards. Kittle leads in that category by a pretty significant margin. 

In terms of tonight's game, you can expect it to go in a similar direction. Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around to everyone on the field.

Kittle, on the other hand, remains a primary target in San Francisco's offense, an offense that should spend most of the night playing catch up and therefore throwing the ball more. As long as Kittle suits up, as he was listed as questionable in the 49ers' most-recent injury report, he is likely to lead the team in targets, receptions, and yards.

Tight ends are usually the safety net for bad teams and quarterbacks, and Beathard is just that. Two out of three of Kittle's highest-yardage games have come in the last two weeks -- with Beathard under center. Another thing to note is Niners wide receiver Dante Pettis is inactive tonight, which would only increase Kittle's target potential.

Sure, Graham has the big-game potential with a slightly higher ceiling than Kittle, but the 49ers' tight end is the safer and better fantasy play here.


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