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SI's Grant Cohn reports that 49ers TE George Kittle has caught just 2 passes through 5 days of camp. "Instead they're using him as a blocker and a decoy while they call passes for Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Ross Dwelley," Cohn writes. That does seem odd given the financial commitment to Kittle. We'll go ahead and give HC Kyle Shanahan the benefit of the doubt and assume he has not converted Kittle to decoy/blocker. But Kittle's early-round draft position makes this situation worth keeping an eye on -- especially given that San Francisco is bringing along a rookie QB. It's tough to imagine the Niners getting too cute just to try to hide that they like Kittle.

Trey Lance completed an improbable rise to the NFL by landing with the 49ers at Pick #3 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Lance spent just 1 season as a starting QB in high school and then chose North Dakota State at the FCS level after being lightly recruited. He followed NFL backup Easton Stick there and balled out in his lone starting campaign. Lance completed 66.9% of his throws at 9.7 yards per attempt with 28 TDs and nary an INT. He led that Bison team to a 16-0 record and the FCS national title, adding 1,100 yards and 14 TDs on the ground. Lance boasts the size and willingness to be Josh Allen-like as a goal-line rusher. Also like Allen, he sports a big throwing arm. Lance started just 17 college games and might be asked to sit for a year before getting his starting shot in the pros. (Even Jimmy Kepouros, an NDSU WR, calls Lance “really raw.”) But the rushing ability alone gives Lance immediate fantasy upside whenever he does hit the field. This is a nice landing spot with a bright offensive mind in HC Kyle Shanahan and a nice group of pass-catchers in George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. We’ll see whether the Niners hang on to QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- and if he can hang on to the starting job for any or all of 2021. Bet on Lance hitting the field at some point this season.

The 49ers swung a massive trade for the #3 overall pick in next month's draft, sending the #12 pick, a 2021 3rd-rounder and 1st-rounders in 2022 and 2023 to the Dolphins. The 'Niners clearly have their eyes on a QB. ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the team doesn't have 1 specific rookie in mind but is "good with the options" that will be available. That'll be some combination of BYU's Zach Wilson, Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance. Schefter also reports that San Francisco "has no plans" to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- but his days as the starter are clearly numbered. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are reaffirming their commitment to QB Tua Tagovailoa with this trade.

Niners HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed Thursday that TE George Kittle will play against the Cardinals on Saturday. According to multiple reports, Shanahan said Kittle might be the healthiest player on the team and that he has looked good in practice. The TE might see some limitation to his playing time, but we wouldn't bet they'd return the star to action unless they expected him to help. Kittle jumps right back in among the top TE plays for Week 16.

The San Jose Mercury News' Cam Inman believes TE George Kittle (foot) is on track to return for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. Both GM John Lynch and team doctors have given Kittle the green light. “Yes, you have to have discretion and all those things, but we’ve been very thoughtful about this, and if he plays, it’s only because he’s ready to play,” Lynch said. “He’s eager to play and we want him to play.” It sure sounds like Kittle would be returning to something close to his regular role. There might be some risk of re-injury, but Kittle would also boast as much upside as any TE outside of maybe Travis Kelce. It's worth noting that Kittle posted a 15-183-1 line in his 1st game back from injury -- albeit a different injury -- earlier this season.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said there's a chance TE George Kittle (foot) returns for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. "f he’s good, I plan on him playing," Shanahan said. Kittle has been sidelined since Week 8 and would carry elevated risk in his 1st game back. But he'd certainly make sense for a lot of fantasy teams considering how ugly the TE position has been this season. We'll monitor Kittle's status throughout the week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that 49ers TE George Kittle (foot fracture) "appears ready to play" in Week 16 after returning to practice this week. But that doesn't necessarily mean Kittle will return. "A lot will go into that decision," a source told Rapoport. At 5-8, San Francisco enters Sunday 2 full games behind Arizona for the final playoff spot in the NFC. A Niners loss and Cardinals win today would eliminate San Francisco from playoff contention, as far as we can tell. That might also keep Kittle from getting back onto the field. We'll see about the TE's status over the coming week. As for QB Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain), Rapoport reports he won't play in Week 16 and isn't expected to return for Week 17.

49ers TE George Kittle (foot) has been activated from IR. NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco reports that Kittle is not expected to play against the Cowboys this Sunday -- but a Week 16 return now looks plausible. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Kittle is worth a stash if he was dropped in your league.

Niners TE George Kittle will miss the next 8 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That basically puts him out for the rest of the fantasy football season. TE Jordan Reed (MCL) is eligible to return from IR, but the team didn't activate him ahead of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. HC Kyle Shanahan said late last week that he hoped to get Reed back for the Week 9 game against the Packers. If Reed remains out, Ross Dwelley would operate as San Francisco's lead TE.

X-rays on 49ers TE George Kittle's ankle came back clean, HC Kyle Shanahan said after the loss to Seattle. Kittle is scheduled for more testing tomorrow. We should learn more about his injury within the next 24 hours. Kittle and the 'Niners have a short turnaround for Thursday night's game vs. the Packers.

49ers TE George Kittle suffered an ankle injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He headed back to the locker room with trainers and is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will return for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, HC Kyle Shanahan said. Garoppolo is a significant upgrade for San Francisco's pass-catchers and is a high-upside QB2 in this matchup. The 'Niners are implied for 29.25 points -- 6th highest on the week.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday night’s game against the Eagles and is back to must-start status in fantasy.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is a "full go" for Wednesday's practice, HC Kyle Shanahan said. That puts Kittle on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. An active Kittle remains a must-start in fantasy.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Giants. He returned to limited practices this week, so we're betting on a Week 4 return. Jordan Reed, meanwhile, gets another game as San Francisco's lead TE after posting a 7-50-2 line last weekend. It's worth noting that he ran only 20 pass routes in that one, so his floor is lower than we'd like. Consider him a TE2 with upside for Week 3.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Kittle has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Giants. We'll see what he does in tomorrow's practice and then how San Francisco lists him on the final injury report.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. That's an upgrade from last week, when Kittle didn't practice at all. Check back tomorrow for another update on his progress.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's "no guarantee" that 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is back for Week 3. He's reportedly dealing with a bone bruise and sprain to his knee -- a similar injury to the one that cost him 2 games last year. We'll keep a close eye on his progress this coming week.

49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets. “If it was a normal person, we probably would have ruled him out earlier in the week," HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday. That sounds like Kittle's Week 3 availability is in question, but we'll obviously monitor his status this coming week. His absence on Sunday leaves Jordan Reed as San Francisco's likely lead pass-catching TE. He's more of a DFS tournament flier than a bankable season-long play.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers TE George Kittle won't practice at all this week because of the knee he hurt in Sunday's loss to Arizona. The team, however, is "still hopeful" he'll play against the Jets on Sunday. We'll obviously be tracking this situation. In the meantime, you'll need to line up a potential fantasy replacement for Kittle.

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