Why George Kittle and other 49ers could drop in fantasy rankings

In the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast, Yahoo Fantasy's Andy Behrens and Dalton make sense of the San Francisco 49ers receiving options with the potential transition to rookie quarterback Trey Lance. Subscribe to the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts

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ANDY BEHRENS: Is this going to be a situation where Trey Lance takes over and he's the only safe way to invest in the passing game at all, because they're only throwing it 25 times a game?

DALTON DEL DON: That's a concern, because their defense, if it stays healthy, projects to be strong. They have by far the easiest schedule, when you look at Vegas projected win totals, too, so that's another concern for Jimmy G starting. You know, they might just be 6-0, because the roster around him. But my thoughts on that, though, still, while they may be nursing leads and game script may not call for a lot of passes, and you're right, they're even talking about running the ball 500 times, Deebo Samuel had more yards after the catch than he did receiving yards last year, so just the way they use him on those jet sweeps and whatnot. I think he'll get his. They have a very narrow tree. They're still trying to figure out the number three wide receiver. I mean, Mohamed Sanu is the current favorite right now. George Kittle, actually, I love him. You know, we both love him like our son. I mean, he's the best real-life tight end, with his blocking ability. But I moved him below Kyle Pitts in fantasy. You know, he's just not used around the goal line.


DALTON DEL DON: He misses two to four games every year. So he's kind of a stay-away for me. But Aiyuk, I'm all in. This guy had the second-most targets inside the 5, behind only Davante Adams, last year, and he was a rookie, and he played 12 games. So I'm in on Aiyuk. And one thing about Lance, there may not be a lot of targets, but I think they'll be high-value targets, and there will be more downfield, as we're already seeing all in camp. Man, Jimmy G just refuses to throw the ball downfield. Aiyuk does run the whole route tree, unlike Deebo. He will go downfield, and Lance has that cannon and will hit him.

ANDY BEHRENS: Oh, man, you can't talk to Dalton Del Don for an Hour without, like, the spiciest hot take that you've heard all day. Wow! Kyle Pitts above George Kittle is a thing. I can see it. It's possible.