George Kittle and Jimmy Graham will be the top tight ends available in Sunday’s NFC title game matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Both could be game changers, but DFS prices have to be taken into consideration when determining which option you should play.
Kittle is a first team All-Pro, but wasn’t treated like his team’s top offensive weapon against the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round. He’s the second priciest tight end in this weekend’s two-game slate. Graham on the other hand hasn’t been elite in years. But injuries to Green Bay’s receiving corps could see him thrown into a more prominent role.
Fantasy football analysis: 49ers TE George Kittle, Packers TE Jimmy Graham
Kittle is priced at $5,800 in classic contests and $14,100/$9,400 in Showdown. He only tallied three receptions for 16 yards last week, but San Francisco was satisfied with his game because of how valuable he can be as a blocker. It’s unclear what Jimmy Garoppolo’s passing volume will look like against the Packers, but his totals have been steadily declining since Week 14. If San Francisco leans on the run game again, Kittle might not be worth his price tag.
Green Bay will mostly depend on the arm talent of Aaron Rodgers to win. The team’s receiving corps has been questionable all year, and Allen Lazard’s ankle injury could allow Graham, who is priced at $3,700 in classic and $6,600/$4,400 in Showdown, to separate himself from the rest of the Packers’ middling pass catching group.
Play Graham in classic formats but consider playing Kittle as as a riskier captain pick in Showdown because of his higher ceiling.