Game day update: Kittle will not play in Week 2 due to an MCL sprain, but there is a belief he will play in Week 3, according to Adam Schefter. An MCL sprain is normally a multi-week injury, so this will be something to watch.
The San Francisco 49ers have ruled out tight end George Kittle for this week’s game against the New York Jets. One of the two or three best tight ends in fantasy football, Kittle suffered a knee injury last week against the Cardinals. For now, not much is known about the degree of seriousness, but it’s a situation worth keeping an eye on after Sunday.
Fantasy impact: TE George Kittle injury
The Niners are hurting for pass catchers to start the season. Kittle tied for the team lead with five targets in last week’s loss to the Cardinals, where he finished with 44 yards. The team will have receiver Brandon Aiyuk back this week, who could get more targets without Kittle to throw to.
Jordan Reed is expected to replace Kittle as the No. 1 tight end this week. He caught two passes for 12 yards last week. Reed got lots of hype through training camp, and has a golden opportunity this week against a terrible Jets pass defense. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues, and at a mere $2,600 in DraftKings leagues, Reed is a low-risk, high-reward player for your lineup.