George Kittle has the green light to return on Sunday, and that’s big for the 49ers. If we’re looking long term, I think he’s the best tight end in the league.

Travis Kelce, it can be argued, is better than Kittle right now. But Kittle might be as good, and he’s four years longer. He’s got more good football left in front of him. If you were in a dynasty format, I would think it would make more sense to select Kittle before Kelce.

It’s a different kind of thinking. On these rankings, I tend to look at what a player is doing right now, and then try to factor in what he’ll be doing for the next few years.

The decision-making gets a little harder when you get down to looking at older tight ends who might give you something right now (think Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph, Jared Cook and Greg Olsen) and compare them with young guys who possibly could develop into something in the future – Adam Trautman, Cole Kmet.

I turn the focus to the dynasty leagues each Saturday, looking at a different position each week. I’ve hit quarterbacks and running backs the last two weeks (those can be accessed by clicking on the “past issues” links). Next week it will be wide receivers.

On these, I’m assuming PPR scoring.

1.SFGeorge Kittle27
2.KCTravis Kelce31
3.LVDarren Waller28
4.BALMark Andrews24
5.PHIZach Ertz30
6.DETT.J. Hockenson 23
7.LACHunter Henry26
8.DENNoah Fant 23
9.ATLHayden Hurst27
10.MIAMike Gesicki25
11.NYGEvan Engram26
12.PHIDallas Goedert25
13.LARTyler Higbee28
14.DALDalton Schultz24
15.BUFDawson Knox 24
16.TENJonnu Smith25
17.NOJared Cook33
18.CHIJimmy Graham34
19.CLEAustin Hooper26
20.MINKyle Rudolph31
21.PITEric Ebron27
22.INDMo Alie-Cox27
23.TBO.J. Howard26
24.MINIrv Smith 22
25.NO• Adam Trautman23
26.GBRobert Tonyan26
27.SEAGreg Olsen35
28.CINDrew Sample 24
29.TBRob Gronkowski31
30.CHI• Cole Kmet21
31.NYJChris Herndon24
32.INDJack Doyle30
33.HOUDarren Fells34
34.WASLogan Thomas29
35.NE• Devin Asiasi23
36.ARIDan Arnold25
37.LARGerald Everett26
38.JACTyler Eifert30
39.SEAWill Dissly24
40.HOUJordan Akins28
41.CARIan Thomas25
42.CLEDavid Njoku24
43.PITVance McDonald30
44.INDTrey Burton29
45.GBJace Sternberger 24
46.NYJRyan Griffin31
47.BALNick Boyle27
48.JACJames O'Shaughnessy28
49.TBCameron Brate29
50.LVFoster Moreau 23

—Ian Allan