George Kittle has offically been ruled out for the San Francisco 49ers' Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets. Kittle has been recovering from a knee sprain he suffered in the team's loss against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday.
This obviously erases any fantasy value Kittle had for Week 2.
George Kittle Injury Update
Kittle took a hit near the end of the first half last week and hobbled to the locker room, but returned in the second half. He didn't see any more targets upon his return, but he said the injury was "no issue at all" in his post-game comments.
The All-Pro tight end didn't practice at all this week and will miss his third game since the start of the 2019 season. Kittle has built a reputation of being one of the top tight ends in the league after he had another great year for the 49ers last year. He posted 1,053 yards on 85 receptions and scored 5 touchdowns to help lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance.
Jordan Reed Fantasy Outlook
Without Kittle on the field, an opportunity arises for veteran tight end Jordan Reed. As a player who has battled concussions throughout his career, Reed caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Week 1 in his first game as a 49er. He played just 10 snaps on offense but will see a massive upgrade in that department this week as the starter.
Reed is likely not worthy of a start this week in fantasy football though, but keep an eye on his performance in case Kittle's injury lingers longer than expected. However, he is someone to add in deeper leagues as a bench tight end stash option.
It is unknown how long Kittle will be out for, but missing this Week 2 game shows his injury may be worse than he was letting on last week.
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