Yahoo Sports' Matt Harmon and The Late-Round Podcast's JJ Zachariason discuss how much 49ers TE George Kittle will benefit from WR Deebo Samuel's injury.
MATT HARMON: George Kittle. And my question here is, what if the beneficiary of the Deebo injury isn't one of these middling wide receivers? What if the big beneficiary is actually just George Kittle and he has that monster tight end season that, you know, we dream of in fantasy?
JJ ZACHARIASON: I think it's possible. I think that Kittle has very easily-- I mean, obviously, tight end won overall. You know, he has that kind of season in him. You know, we haven't seen him really have that like, monster touchdown season. We haven't seen him really convert at that crazy, crazy high rate.
Here's the other thing. Their first five weeks are out of control good, in terms of match-ups. They get like Arizona, the Jets, the Giants. They get the Eagles, which could be maybe a little bit tough. And then they get Miami.
I mean, it's a crazy start to the season. So that's all happening without Deebo. Or parts of it is going to happen without Deebo. And you know that might elevate George Kittle a little bit in terms of target share.
I think-- you know, I'm a big proponent of getting guys that could just get off to a really hot start. Because not only do you get confidence in those players as you're plugging them in your lineup-- not that you would never plug George Kittle in your lineup. But you're increasing value in those players, and you're having more value on your fantasy roster. So I'm buying into the San Francisco offense.
They should-- they should throw more this year because it's very hard to maintain that type of low pass to rush ratio year over year. Because it's not easy to be a good team like they were year over year. And so there's just a lot working in George Kittle's favor. So I'm all about it. I would not be shocked at all if he outscores Travis Kelce this year.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, me neither. I have on the off-- on the other side of the spectrum of some of the guys we've talked about recently, I have found myself gravitating to Kittle very often, especially if-- especially if I'm weighing wide receiver versus Kittle around that range. I've definitely gravitated more to Kittle because I think the depth at the position with wide receiver is so good this year.