No. 3: George Kittle leads 49ers in receiving
He’s been quiet for much of the year, at least in the stat department. But Week 13 could be one of those games where tight end George Kittle again solidifies himself as one of the NFL’s top weapons.
Kittle had only four catches for 34 yards two weeks ago against the Jaguars and only one for 13 yards versus Minnesota. On the year, Kittle has just one game where he’s recorded 100-plus yards, Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals.
With Deebo Samuel out, Jimmy Garoppolo will need alternate options to make plays. And while Kittle might not be responsible for creative run plays featuring pass-catchers, expect Kyle Shanahan to tweak his game plan to the point where Kittle emerges again as a primary go-to threat.
Yes, fellow wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk might continue to lead his position group in receptions and yards.
In this contest, though, Kittle could easily be the player who winds up getting the bulk of targets, receptions and yards.
Although he might not lead San Francisco in touchdowns.