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George Kittle Injury Update Boosts Ross Dwelley Fantasy Outlook as Week 11 Streaming Tight End

Jason Schandl
San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals
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While he hasn't been officially ruled out yet, all signs point to George Kittle missing his second straight game as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11.

Kittle did not practice on Wednesday, and while head coach Kyle Shanahan walked back his initial claim that Kittle was ruled out, it looks like it will be another week of Ross Dwelley starting at tight end for the Niners.

Kittle has accounted for 25 percent of the 49ers' targets in games in which he has been active, and that ties him for the highest market share of any tight end. Similarly his 27 percent market share of air yards is tied for first at the position, and both of those marks are team-highs across any position.

Needless to say, his absence completely shakes up the San Francisco passing attack.

In his first full game with Kittle on the shelf this year, Dwelley stepped up and played 91 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Week 10. He's certainly no substitute for Kittle in the passing game, but he did still finish third on the team with seven targets.

That kind of volume should mean especially big things for him this week, as the Cardinals have been pitiful against tight ends. No team is allowing more fantasy points per game to the position, and they're giving up an average line of 6.8 receptions, 85.7 yards and 1.0 touchdown on 9.0 targets per game.

The list of starting tight ends that wouldn't be solid fantasy options against the Cardinals is a short one, and Dwelley is not on it.

With the potential for solid volume in the best matchup you could ask for, Dwelley is a terrific streaming tight end option and, accounting for Kittle sitting, he ranks at TE11 in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.


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