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Saturday, July 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: GEORGE KITTLE TIGHT END SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

The San Francisco 49ers offense is a very trendy and popular subject for early 2018 fantasy football drafts and it all starts with the ascension of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who is as prime a sleeper as it gets given the pop surrounding his name.  Whether it is wideout Marques Goodwin or running back Jerrick McKinnon, everyone wants a piece of this group.  Also included among the potential breakout 49ers offensive players is second-year tight end George Kittle who was a fifth-round pick in 2017 but who quickly became a trusted outlet for Garoppolo midway through his rookie campaign.  Despite the slow start to his season, Kittle wound up catching 43 balls for 515 yards and 2 scores and those numbers should be blown away this season given the QB play of Garoppolo and the player himself being capable of such a leap.  Keep in mind as well that a young QB's most favorite weapon is a pass receiving tight end that can bail them out when dropping back to pass and Kittle will absolutely be this guy for him this season.  Kittle has terrific hands and natural receiving ability and he was known for his chops in the passing game while he was in college at Iowa.  With tight end always a source of frustration in yearly fantasy football leagues, Kittle should be right at the top of the sleeper lists from this group and thus be a shrewd target for those sleeper hounds.

2018 PROJECTION:  65 receptions 734 yards 5 TD  


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