49ers fantasy football: Average draft position for top targets in 2021

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel #19 and George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel #19 and George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers fantasy football
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) with tight end George Kittle (85) Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers fantasy football owners looking to onboard some Niners for their upcoming drafts may want to study up on average draft positions for 2021.

After a frustratingly challenging 2020 campaign in which the San Francisco 49ers dealt with more injuries than any other team in the NFL (that’s not hyperbole), head coach Kyle Shanahan will look to the upcoming season to reinvigorate his offense and leave a positive stamp on the league once more.

This is good news for Niners fans, who’ll ultimately want to add at least a handful of players to their fantasy football lineups in 2021.

Tight end George Kittle is understandably and easily the No. 1 player on San Francisco’s roster who’ll be selected during fantasy drafts. And while this year figures to be deep enough at tight end to warrant some sleeping on the position, there’s inevitably going to be some of you who want to make Kittle a top-end draft choice between now and Week 1.

But knowing when, on average, Kittle is being selected in fantasy drafts can help you plan a heck of a lot better, deciding whether or not you should pass on him and go after some other 49ers fantasy football studs later.

For this exercise, we’ll look at the average draft positioning for each of the Niners’ top fantasy targets in 2021. Let’s use the analysis from Fantasy Football Calculator here in a typical 12-team, points-per-reception (PPR) format.

And if you’re new to fantasy (that’s OK), reading ADP means the first number is the round, and the second is the pick in that round. So, if a player is selected fifth in Round 3 of a fantasy draft, the ADP would read 3.05.

Since everyone will want to know about Kittle, let’s start with him.