When Jason Witten wasn't marveling over Aaron Rodgers "pulling a rabbit out of his head" in the Packers' epic comeback win over the Niners, the new "Monday Night Football" analyst was oddly quiet as his partner, Joe Tessitore, was revving the George Kittle hype machine.
Could it be that the future Hall of Fame tight end Witten has Kittle on his fantasy team and wasn't thrilled that the Niners' budding star has seen his productivity drop in three consecutive games, including Monday? Perhaps Witten, a beacon of consistency throughout his career, simply wants Kittle to avoid the ebbs and flows we've seen in his breakout second season, when he's been TE6 overall three times and TE2 once, but also TE24 and TE33?
Frankly, we just mention this because we wanted to give Witten props for his improvement from Week 1 to Monday night, but more so for owning his old adage blunder. And we hadn't discussed Kittle much in this space until now, and that seems certain to change in the weeks, months and years ahead. Kittle was quiet as a receiver in Green Bay but continues to make big-time blocking contributions, including helping the Niners to another strong rushing performance Monday night.
Will Kittle go off for fantasy owners Sunday vs. the Rams, one of only four teams not to permit a TE touchdown on the season? To wit: Wade Phillips' 'D' is the only one to hold Kittle below 10 receiving yards in a game so far in his short career but also became the first to cede a 100-yard game to the big, athletic Iowa product.
We don't feel great about Kittle this week, not with Marquise Goodwin coming on alongside another new weapon in Raheem Mostert, who should end the Alfred Morris experiment. Then again, we haven't felt good about much when it comes to fantasy tight ends this season, and Kittle has been one of the position's rare bright spots.
1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Bengals
2. Zach Ertz, Eagles vs. Panthers
3. David Njoku, Browns at Bucs
4. Eric Ebron, Colts vs. Bills
5. George Kittle, 49ers at Rams
6. Greg Olsen, Panthers at Eagles
7. O.J. Howard, Bucs vs. Browns
8. Evan Engram, Giants at Eagles
9. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Jets
10. Trey Burton, Bears vs. Patriots
11. Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Giants
12. Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Dallas
13. C.J. Uzomah, Bengals at Chiefs
14. Cameron Brate, Bucs vs. Browns
15. Benjamin Watson, Saints at Ravens
16. Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals vs. Broncos
17. Charles Clay, Bills at Colts
18. Geoff Swaim, Cowboys at Washington
19. James O'Shaugnessy, Jaguars vs. Texans
20. Eric Swoope, Colts vs. Bills
21. Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Titans
22. Nick O'Leary, Dolphins vs. Lions
23. Jeff Heuerman, Broncos at Cardinals
24. Dallas Goedert, Eagles vs. Panthers
25. Ryan Griffin, Texans at Jaguars