Many fantasy managers selected tight end George Kittle early in drafts this fall with the hope of getting a leg up on their opponents at the position.
Well, they will have to wait another week before that can happen. Kittle is not expected to suit up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
George Kittle Injury Update
Kittle's groin injury kept him on the sideline last week and he was originally given a recovery timeline of three weeks. However, the fact that the All-Pro practiced on Friday opened the door for him to make a quick return. Rushing Kittle back into action before he is ready is not the 49er's goal, though.
This is obviously a big blow to any fantasy manager with Kittle on the roster. He ranked as No. 3 TE in The Duel's Week 2 PPR fantasy football rankings and finished as the No. 4 TE in 2021 despite playing in only 14 games (averaging 14.1 fantasy points per agme). This will be the 15th game Kittle has missed since the start of 2019.
It's smart to avoid the 49ers' tight end position as a whole in Week 2. Tight ends Tyler Kroft, Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner combined to post 20 yard on 2 receptions (4 targets) in Week 1. This update boosts the fantasy outlook of wide receiver Deebo Samuel more than it does anyone else.
Make sure to keep the TE spot open until Kittle is officially ruled out prior to the 4:05 kickoff time. It's not impossible that he beats the odds with a great warmup session. The best strategy here is to have a high-upside streaming option with a late game time ready to be plugged in if necessary.
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