San Francisco 49ers’ tight end George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce are arguably the top two tight ends in football. They get to face off now in Super Bowl 54, and while they won’t be on the field at the same time, all eyes will be on them. Both affect their team’s offenses in a major way, but one seems poised to outperform the other this weekend.
Kittle beat out Kelce for a first team All-Pro spot this year, despite having fewer receptions, and an identical receiving touchdown total. But San Francisco hasn’t utilized him much in the postseason. Kelce was explosive in the the Divisional Round while playing through a lingering knee bruise, but had a slow day in the AFC title game. We take a look at which tight end has the edge in DFS ahead of Sunday.
Fantasy football analysis: 49ers TE George Kittle, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
Kittle has only managed to score 7.5 DKFP this postseason. He’s only hauled in four passes for a grand total of 35 yards and hasn’t scored. He’s primarily been used as a blocker in San Francisco’s run-powered offense, but that doesn’t mean much when it comes to winning fantasy contests. Kittle’s Showdown pricing ($12,600/$8,400) makes me wary of choosing him as a captain or flex, regardless of what he’s done in the past. Especially since he was only targeted once against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game.
Kelce, on the other hand, has Showdown values ($14,400/$9,600) that are on par with what they should be given his recent performances. The 44.4 DKFP he put up against the Houston Texans is an outlier, but his lackluster AFC title game showing still nearly matched Kittle’s production in two games. Kelce averages more targets per game and is in an offense that is dedicated to throwing the ball no matter what.
Don’t play Kittle as a captain, but consider making him a risky flex. Kelce should be good to play in either spot.