With the San Francisco 49ers ruling out George Kittle for the second straight week due to knee trouble, the offense will once again turn to veteran Jordan Reed to take the reins at tight end. While that means Reed finds himself in position to receive high-volume targets for the second straight week, other factors could affect his performance during Sunday’s matchup with the New York Giants.
Fantasy Football analysis: 49ers TE Jordan Reed
While Kittle’s absence creates a great streaming opportunity for Reed, the 49ers offense will also play without starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. While Nick Mullens started half a season for the 49ers the last time Garoppolo missed time and did so admirably, the backup signal-caller has no previous experience working with Reed and several of the other 49ers pass catchers.
That lack of cohesion could push head coach Kyle Shanahan to lean heavily on the ground game Sunday even without Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman. Such an approach that proved effective each of the last two weeks against a porous New York run defense, with the unit allowing 33 combined fantasy points to running backs.
And while the Giants don’t seem capable of stopping a nose bleed right now, they have performed reasonably well against tight ends. Through two weeks, the team has allowed just four receptions for 51 yards and no touchdowns to the position. While that might reflect the quality of the tight ends they’ve faced more than their ability to slow them down, it does raise some questions for Reed heading into Week 3.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Tight end remains a shallow group, and Kittle’s injury only exacerbates the problem. Reed looks like a good streaming option in season-long leagues and a decent play in DFS.