Fantasy Harm Updates: George Kittle, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cam Akers impression Week Three begin ’em, sit ’em selections

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Fantasy Injury Updates: George Kittle, Jimmy Garoppolo, Cam Akers impact Week 3 start 'em, sit 'em decisions

The 49ers dealt with a ton of injuries in Week 2 and could look at their activation strategy differently in Week 3 when it comes to George Kittle, which severely affects our fantasy tight end ranking. San Francisco can be without its starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. In the RB rankings, both the Rams and the Broncos have suffered injuries to Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown and Phillip Lindsay.

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George Kittle Injury Update

TO UPDATE: Kittle's practice was restricted on Thursday.

Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers believe Kittle (knee) will return in Week 3 against the Giants, but Kyle Shanahan has suggested that the MetLife Stadium Turf (which saw a number of 49ers injured against the Jets in Week 2) Might Affect Kittle Status Week 3. Kittle was a limited participant in training on Wednesday.

With a number of key players knocked out from Week 2 in San Francisco, and possibly falling for much longer, it makes sense that the 49ers would want to be careful with their most effective skill player. Kittle is an automatic start when he's healthy, and when not, Jordan Reed is worth considering after two touchdowns in Week 2 (though Nick Mullens is less exciting than Jimmy G at QB).

WEEK 3 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker

Jimmy Garoppolo Injury News

Garoppolo did not train on Wednesday due to an ankle injury sustained early in the first half on Sunday. He played it through until it was ruled out at halftime. Shanahan called Garoppolo "week after week" earlier this week. Nick Mullens will start when Garoppolo actually fails against the Giants.

While the Giants aren't a strong defensive threat, Mullens is still not worth considering unless you're playing in a deep Superflex or 2-QB league. San Francisco is a criminal offense that has not yet fully settled in with an established group of players and is still dealing with injuries. You can trust Jerick McKinnon and Kittle / Reed in Week 3, but that's about it.

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Will Cam Akers play week 3?

Cam Akers, who severed cartilage in his ribs, did not exercise with the Buffalo Bills on the Wednesday before a Sunday meeting. Sean McVay had called Akers "day in and day out" earlier in the week, which suggests Thursday and Friday's practice reports are worth seeing for the retreating rookie.

Malcolm Brown (pinky) is a little bit crazy too but looks fine in week 3 and Darrell Henderson played well after Akers left in week 2. This is a difficult committee to trust when everyone is active, but if Akers goes down, both Brown and Henderson need flexibility to be accommodated.

WEEK 3 PPR RANKING:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker

Phillip Lindsay Injury Update

TO UPDATE: According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Lindsay won't be training on Thursday. If he doesn't surprise and see the field on Friday, he'll likely miss another week.

Lindsay (toe) skipped training on Wednesday after missing week 2 with a lawn toe injury. Lindsay worked with coaches on a sideline while the media were allowed to watch the training on Wednesday. The Broncos are hosting Tampa Bay in Week 3.

The buccaneers have a strong defense that Lindsay should probably keep on your imagination bench even if he's active again. Melvin Gordon is the only RB worth playing here. Due to the matchup and pairing with backup quarterback Jeff Driskel, it fits as a risky RB2 game.