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Tight End, San Francisco 49ers

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Draft: 2017 Round 5 (2)
College: Iowa
Ht: 6’4”  Wt: 247 DOB: 1993-10-09 Age: 25
TE Rank Tier ADP-12
#13 4 11.10

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 SF 15 63 43 515 12.0 2 63.5 4.2
2018 SF 10 71 50 775 15.5 3 95.5 9.6
2018 (Projected) SF     44 513 11.7 5 81.3  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
One player to keep an eye on who's moving up draft boards this offseason is 49ers tight end George Kittle. The 24-year-old, who's heading into his second season, seemed to form a nice connection with Jimmy Garoppolo down the stretch this past season and should find himself on the field more often than he did as a rookie.

Kittle is another one of San Francisco's extraordinary athletes at a skill position, and he actually might be the most impressive of the bunch. At 6'4" and 247 lbs, Kittle ran a 4.52 forty-yard dash and posted ridiculous numbers in just about every workout drill that he participated in. Not only that, but like Rob Gronkowski, Kittle is known as a fierce blocker in the running game which allows him to be on the field more often to catch passes when the team goes with play action.

What's frustrating, though, is that Kittle had to battle veteran Garrett Celek for playing time as a rookie. While Kittle is clearly the better pass catcher and arguably the better run blocker as well, he has to battle against coaches who prefer the veteran leadership that players like Celek bring to the table. Celek played 51 percent of the 49ers snaps in 2017 to Kittle's 53.7 percent. While we expect that Kittle will see more snaps, more targets and thus more overall production this season, Celek isn't just going to go away.

Fantasy owners who are looking for a late-round flier on a tight end could certainly do worse than Kittle, who could very well lead the team in red zone targets this season. Those who are predicting a huge year from Jimmy Garoppolo have to ask themselves where all of those passing touchdowns are going to come from. Garcon, Goodwin, Pettis and Taylor are all average to below-average-sized wide receivers, so it makes sense to look to a player like Kittle, who has reportedly added bulk this offseason, in the red zone. Kittle caught nine passes in the red zone as a rookie, which was one of the highest totals of any tight end in the league, but suffered some misfortune as he only scored two touchdowns on the year.

It's certainly possible that Kittle doesn't improve substantially on his rookie numbers, but given his late-round draft price and his ceiling to finish as a mid-level TE1, Kittle could very well represent one of the best value at the position this season.
Fan. Tm. Player
TE1TE1 George Kittle
TE2TE2 Garrett Celek
TE3TE3 Cole Wick
TE4TE4 Ross Dwelley
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury C.J. Beathard 50-50 for TNF
Wrist injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 1, 11:30 am

San Francisco
Given about four days to recover from a wrist injury suffered on Sunday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard is officially listed as questionable for Thursday night's home game against the Oakland Raiders. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday that Beathard is "truly 50-50" for the game. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Beathard hit his hand on a defenders helmet last week and was limited in practice on Wednesday. If he's ruled inactive, Nick Mullens would make his first NFL start. Ther 49ers are a team to avoid in fantasy outside of TE George Kittle.

Injury Breida and Garcon expected to play
Both listed as questionable for MNF
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Oct 15, 6:00 pm

Green Bay Packers
49ers' RB Matt Breida (shoulder, ankle), WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee) and TE George Kittle (knee) -- all listed as questionable for tonight's game in Green Bay against the Packers -- all are expected to play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We expected Breida to miss this game as he's been nursing a sprained ankle since Week 5. It's unclear how big a role Breida will play tonight making him difficult to trust in fantasy lineups. His availability pulls down Alfred Morris' value as well.

Injury Jimmy Garoppolo done for the season
Torn ACL
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 24, 7:20 pm

San Francisco
MRI showed what 49ers feared: Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL and his season is over, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: C.J. Beathard is expected to lead the team the rest of the way. It's a crushing blow for a team that was supposed to take a huge step forward in 2018 and could effectively end whatever breakout potential Marquise Goodwin had. Expect the 49ers to rely heavily on Matt Breida and Alfred Morris going forward, and owners shouldn't be overly surprised if George Kittle ends up as the team's top option in the passing game. Regardless, Beathard promotion is a downgrade for the entire offense.

Injury Marquise Goodwin out for Week 2
Quad injury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 14, 6:00 pm

San Francisco
Kyle Shanahan said Marquise Goodwin, Josh Garnett and Erik Magnuson are out for Sunday. Mike Person still has a chance but it looks as if Najee Toran will start at RG. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Goodwin missed practice this week after taking a shot to the thigh early in Week 1. In his place, Pierre Garcon and Dante Pettis could see increased opportunities at wide receiver while George Kittle remains one of the top tight end plays of the week. If the Lions decide to stick Darius Slay on Garcon, Pettis would have sneaky upside.

Injury Marquise Goodwin misses practice Wednesday
Thigh injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 12, 3:00 pm

San Francisco
Marquise Goodwin (thigh), Mike Person (foot), Joshua Garnett (toe) and Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are not practicing today. Erik Magnuson (hamstring) is going through individual drills for the first time since his injury. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Goodwin re-entered the game last week after suffering a thigh injury, but didn't last long and was forced to the sideline. In his absence, TE George Kittle led the 49ers with 91 yards receiving. If Goodwin doesn't play, Dante Pettis would see an increased role.

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at MIN L 16-24 9 5 90 18.0 0 9.0
2 DET W 30-27 4 2 22 11.0 0 2.2
3 at KC L 27-38 7 5 79 15.8 0 7.9
4 at LAC L 27-29 8 6 125 20.8 1 18.5
5 ARI L 18-28 7 5 83 16.6 0 8.3
6 at GB L 30-33 6 4 30 7.5 0 3.0
7 LAR L 10-39 8 5 98 19.6 1 15.8
8 at ARI L 15-18 8 5 57 11.4 0 5.7
9 OAK W 34-3 4 4 108 27.0 1 16.8
10 NYG L 23-27 10 9 83 9.2 0 8.3

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 CAR L 3-23 6 5 27 5.4 0 2.7
2 at SEA L 9-12 2 2 13 6.5 0 1.3
3 LAR L 39-41 3 1 8 8.0 0 0.8
4 at ARI L 15-18 3 2 35 17.5 0 3.5
5 at IND L 23-26 9 7 83 11.9 1 14.3
6 at WAS L 24-26 8 4 46 11.5 0 4.6
7 DAL L 10-40 2 1 16 16.0 0 1.6
8 at PHI L 10-33 4 2 22 11.0 0 2.2
9 ARI L 10-20 5 3 27 9.0 0 2.7
12 SEA L 13-24 2 1 14 14.0 0 1.4
13 at CHI W 15-14 3 2 20 10.0 0 2.0
14 at HOU W 26-16 2 2 10 5.0 0 1.0
15 TEN W 25-23 5 4 52 13.0 0 5.2
16 JAC W 44-33 3 3 42 14.0 1 10.2
17 at LAR W 34-13 6 4 100 25.0 0 10.0

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