Kroft signed with the 49ers this offseason, and he's expected to be the No. 2 tight end behind George Kittle. Kroft has minimal Fantasy value in that role, and he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. In seven seasons with the Jets, Bills and Bengals, Kroft has never averaged more than 7.8 PPR points per game. At best, Kroft can be added off the waiver wire if he proves to make an impact with the 49ers early in the season.
The 49ers signed Kroft to a one-year contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Kroft joins San Francisco as a depth option behind lead tight end George Kittle. The 29-year-old has suited up for the Bengals, Bills and Jets in his NFL career. He hasn't logged a season with 200 receiving yards since 2017, when he put up a 42-404-7 line across 16 games in Cincinnati.
Kroft caught 16 of 25 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown over nine appearances in 2021. Kroft missed time due to a back injury and lung laceration, but he split top tight end duties with Ryan Griffin when healthy and actually ended up finishing with the second-highest receiving yardage total of his seven-year NFL career. Tight end is one of many positions the Jets will likely look to upgrade in the offseason, but it's unclear if bringing back Kroft -- who's an unrestricted free agent -- is part of the team's plan at the position.
The Jets activated Kroft (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Kroft is in line to suit up Sunday against the Bills and should reclaim his role as the Jets' top tight end after Kenny Yeboah and Daniel Brown (hip) filled in for him in the Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers. Through his eight appearances on the season, Kroft has compiled a 15-168-1 receiving line on 22 targets.
Kroft remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Until Kroft is able clear the NFL's COVID protocols, Kenny Yeboah and Daniel Brown are the Jets' available tight end options, with neither profiling as a high-percentage fantasy option.
The Jets placed Kroft on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after he tested positive for the virus. The Jets tight-ends corps currently is taxed due to injuries and COVID-19 list additions, so look for the team to makes some moves in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. For now, Kroft will remain in quarantine until he clears the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||Los Angeles Rams||9||5.62|
|7||10/23||Kansas City Chiefs||10||5.80|
|8||10/30||@Los Angeles Rams||9||5.62|
|10||11/13||Los Angeles Chargers||31||10.35|
|12||11/27||New Orleans Saints||7||5.06|
|14||12/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||7.21|
|17||01/01||@Las Vegas Raiders||30||9.89|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||18||11||121||2||8||11.00||24|