The Niners drafted Kittle two rounds after Beathard, and the duo clearly has a built-in chemistry after spending a few years together in Iowa (Kittle caught 42 passes the last two years in Iowa).
So far this season Kittle is third on the team with 31 targets and 21 receptions, and he's scored one of San Fran's five receiving touchdowns. He has 212 receiving yards and averages 10.1 yards per catch on the season. Nine of his 21 catches have gone for first downs or touchdowns.
He's not a top-tier option at tight end, but the elevation to starter status of his former quarterback obviously presents an interesting situation for the former Hawkeyes. With tight end an underperforming position in fantasy football, he's a guy to keep an eye on.
The 49ers offense is still going to run through running back Carlos Hyde. But young quarterbacks always need a security blanket, and Beathard has been developing chemistry with Kittle for years.
He could be a sneaky play this week against the Cowboys. Dallas has been pretty good against tight ends this season, so it could be a risky play. Kittle is definitely worth stashing if you've got room on your roster.