Fantasy football: 49ers offense ruining top performers’ overall values

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George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

Fantasy football: George Kittle losing value?

Not long ago, George Kittle would have been a must-have in nearly any fantasy football league, especially in light of just how top-heavy the group of performing tight ends was.

Kittle’s value certainly took a hit when he missed the first two games of the year, reinforcing his already substantial reputation as an injury-prone player. But the hopeful payoff of his on-field attributes would still mandate getting him into a starting lineup whenever he’d be healthy.

His return to action in Week 3 should have been a welcome sight for fantasy owners, but his numbers were awfully pedestrian: four receptions for 28 yards, leading to 6.8 points in PPR leagues.

Combining Kittle’s injury history with the cold reality of the 49ers offense being notably stagnant right now could point toward owners seeking out other options on the waiver wire.

As odd as it might seem, Kittle doesn’t command a top-three fantasy spot at the position, although his potential to break out for a massive game any given week is going to remain the same.

Still, Kittle’s owners have a right to feel frustrated.

But not as much as those who invested in any of the Niners’ running backs.