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George Kittle returns to full practice on Thursday

49ers tight end George Kittle returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday. All appears to be fine for him heading into the NFC title game.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter in a NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Levi’s Stadium. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers got good news on Thursday with tight end George Kittle returning to practice. Kittle sat out Tuesday’s practice with an ankle injury, but he was a full participant on Thursday. The 49ers have one more practice on Friday before they release their final injury report. Kittle is likely to be removed from the report.

Kittle and the 49ers face a Packers defense that ranks tenth in pass efficiency, and 15th DKFP allowed to the tight end position. Kittle costs $5,800 in classic contests, $14,100 as a Captain in Showdown, and $9,400 as a Showdown Flex option. Even at less than 100 percent, Kittle’s upside is tremendous. He only had three receptions for 16 yards last week against the Vikings, but we saw his upside the previous four weeks, with at least 16 DKFP in each game.

The question becomes how much you want to invest in the tight end position in Classic and if Kittle is worth a Flex or Captain spot in Showdown. In Classic, Jimmy Graham and Jonnu Smith offer more value for the price, but also a lower floor. In Showdown, at least among 49ers pass catchers, Deebo Samuel or Emmanuel Sanders are intriguing values.