No. 6: 49ers Tight End George Kittle
Again, another instance where a key player finds himself ranked much lower than his expected level would otherwise be at this point during the season.
George Kittle should be a No. 1- or No. 2-ranked player on any team’s offensive NFL power rankings list. And even though Kittle has dealt with a notable injury history over his career, he has nevertheless solidified himself as one of the NFL’s top three tight ends, arguably the No. 1 option when one factors in his overall abilities that extend beyond just being a pass-catching threat.
That said, Kittle has gotten off to something of a slowish start this year, hauling in just 19 passes for 227 yards with no touchdowns over four games played and before he landed on injured reserve with a calf injury.
Going on IR hurts Kittle’s power-rankings value here, as he’ll be sidelined for at least three games after already missing the Niners’ Week 5 contest against the Cardinals.
Fortunately, Kittle’s prowess is such that he’ll automatically revert back to being one of the league’s most prolific offensive weapons regardless of any slow start to the season or because of any injury.
Most other injured pass-catching weapons would drastically fall on a list like this. Not Kittle.