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George Kittle Injury Update Clouds Week 4 Fantasy Outlook

Larry Rupp
George Kittle's latest injury update clouds his Week 4 fantasy outlook.
George Kittle's latest injury update clouds his Week 4 fantasy outlook. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers' passing game is centered around the phenomenal talent that is tight end George Kittle. That's what makes his latest injury update a little bit concerning. Kittle's status is reportedly up in the air for Sunday as he continues to miss practice due to a calf injury.

While head coach Kyle Shanahan remains optimistic that Kittle will suit up, fantasy managers cannot help but worry that will not be the case. Having a backup option ready to go is a must in this situation. The 49ers are set to host the Seattle Seahawks in their first divisional matchup of the season.

George Kittle Fantasy Outlook

Kittle has seen 18 targets through the first three weeks of the season and is averaging a reliable 12.5 yards per reception so far. More importantly, the fifth-year pro has been on the field for a whopping 99% of the offensive snaps in 2021. His value to this offense is at an all-time high right now.

It's notable to point out that Kittle is coming off a 2020 season in which he missed 8 games because of a foot injury. Fantasy managers have to hope he plays given how favorable this matchup is for him. Seattle has posted the sixth-worst pass-defense DVOA rating in the NFL and is giving up 285.3 passing yards per game (No. 26 in NFL).

Keep an eye on whether or not Kittle participates at all in Friday's practice. That will go a long way in determining his true status for Sunday afternoon. The 27-year-old checks in at TE5 in The Duel's Week 4 fantasy football rankings.

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