The San Francisco 49ers have been keeping things under wraps with any sort of long-term updates on their star tight end, but the knee and ankle injuries that have kept George Kittle on the shelf since Week 9 look like they have a good chance at sidelining him in Week 12 against the Green bay Packers as well.
Kittle's potential absence has a huge impact on the entire 49ers' offense too. His 25 percent share of the team's targets and 27 percent share of the air yards are both the league's highest mark among tight ends, and his absence leaves a huge void.
The biggest beneficiary of that void has been wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who has turned 21 targets into 16 receptions and 246 yards over the last two weeks.
Emmanuel Sanders has also been banged up, inflating Samuel's numbers a bit, but both WRs should be able to thrive in an offense that is missing a player accounting for a quarter of its targets.
Ross Dwelley has also stepped up nicely as the starting tight end, and he scored a pair of touchdowns in Week 11. That was against the Arizona Cardinals, though, who are by far the worst team in the NFL at defending the tight end position, so we should temper our expectations for Dwelley's outlook moving forward.
If Kittle does return later this week and is able to suit up, he can be considered the week's top tight end in fantasy football.
Things aren't looking good for Kittle's status, though, and accounting for both he and Sanders sitting, Samuel checks in at WR24 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings.
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