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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: 28

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 16 136 88 1,377 15.6 5 168.7 10.5
2019 SF 14 107 85 1,053 12.4 5 137.5 9.8
2020 SF 8 63 48 634 13.2 2 77.1 9.6
2021 SF 14 95 71 910 12.8 6 129.0 9.2
2021 (Projected) SF     89 1,099 12.3 6 145.9  

2021 Outlook
Depth Chart
It was a frustrating 2020 season for superstar tight end George Kittle who suffered multiple injuries that ended up keeping him out for a total of eight games, but what we saw from him should give fantasy owners plenty of confidence in targeting him as an elite tight end once again in 2021.

Kittle was targeted 63 times in his eight games, which equates to an average of nearly eight targets per game. Only Kansas City's Travis Kelce and Las Vegas' Darren Waller saw more targets per game than Kittle. Perhaps more importantly, Kittle contributed 634 yards, which put him ninth at the position despite the fact that he played only half the season. If we extrapolate his numbers out to a 16-game season, Kittle would've finished with 1,268 receiving yards. That would've been good enough to be seventh-most in a single season for a tight end in NFL history. Keep in mind that he did this despite spraining his knee in Week 2 and then fracturing his foot in Week 8.

It would've been completely reasonable for him to never get back on the field given the foot injury and the overall team situation, but Kittle proved his commitment when he re-joined the then five-win 49ers in Week 16, helping lead them to a road win over the division rival Cardinals. Kittle would produce 11 catches for 160 total yards in his final two games of the season. There's absolutely no denying his grit and will to play, which is something that cannot be overlooked despite the fact that he is coming off of a season in which he suffered multiple lower-body injuries.

Kittle himself set the all-time record for single season receiving yards back in 2018 when he went off for 1,377 yards, but his record was actually broken this past season by Kelce. It'll be tough for him to compete for that record now that San Francisco has two other proven viable pass catching weapons in Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, but Kittle is still absolutely an elite tight end. He's one of only three TEs who has the realistic potential to finish as the top performer at the position this season. He's going off draft boards nearly a round and a half later than Kelce who is admittedly a safer option, but the cost difference is also substantial despite both players being premium options at the position.

If there's one thing that is a bit concerning for Kittle, it could be that the 49ers might eventually turn to rookie Trey Lance at quarterback, which would almost certainly mean an even more run-heavy offense than the one they already utilize. Then again, while the, "young quarterbacks throw to their tight ends" narrative has been largely disproven over time, Kittle is also an extreme exception to just about every rule for tight ends, so there's a pretty good chance that he's still going to perform as an elite pass catcher no matter who's behind center in San Francisco.

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49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Deebo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell expected to play
Both could be limited
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 7, 7:00 am

San Francisco
49ers’ RB Elijah Mitchell (rib) and WR Deebo Samuel (calf), each listed as questionable for Sunday, both are expected to play vs. Cardinals, per sources. But team also uncertain how long each player will be able to go, and is hoping there are no setbacks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Deebo's calf injury got worse after last week's game making him a risky fantasy play in Week 9. The 49ers activated Jeff Wilson off IR this week making the running back room more crowded. Both players, along with tight end George Kittle could be limited against Arizona.


Injury George Kittle expected to be limited
Calf injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 7, 2:15 am

San Francisco
49ers’ TE George Kittle, who returns Sunday from injured reserve after battling a calf injury, will be on a pitch count vs. the Cardinals and is expected to play roughly half the game. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Perhaps it's just a conditioning issue, but it makes you wonder why teams will let their star players get on the field at less than 100 percent. The tight end landscape is pretty bleak, so some owners may want to consider starting Kittle even if he only plays a half.



2021 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DET W 41-33 5 4 78 19.5 0 7.8
2 at PHI W 17-11 4 4 17 4.3 0 1.7
3 GB L 28-30 9 7 92 13.1 0 10.1
4 SEA L 21-28 11 4 40 10.0 0 4.0
9 ARI L 17-31 8 6 101 16.8 1 16.1
10 LAR W 31-10 7 5 50 10.0 1 11.0
11 at JAC W 30-10 4 4 34 8.5 1 9.4
12 MIN W 34-26 2 1 13 13.0 0 1.3
13 at SEA L 23-30 12 9 181 20.1 2 30.6
14 at CIN W 26-23 15 13 151 11.6 1 21.1
15 ATL W 31-13 6 6 93 15.5 0 9.3
16 at TEN L 17-20 3 2 21 10.5 0 2.1
17 HOU W 23-7 2 1 29 29.0 0 3.5
18 at LAR W 27-24 7 5 10 2.0 0 1.0
WC at DAL W 23-17 3 1 18 18.0 0 1.8
DP at GB W 13-10 6 4 63 15.8 0 6.3
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 ARI L 20-24 5 4 44 11.0 0 5.3
4 PHI L 20-25 15 15 183 12.2 1 25.1
5 MIA L 17-43 8 4 44 11.0 0 4.4
6 LAR W 24-16 10 7 109 15.6 1 16.9
7 at NE W 33-6 7 5 55 11.0 0 5.5
8 at SEA L 27-37 4 2 39 19.5 0 3.9
16 at ARI W 20-12 5 4 92 23.0 0 9.2
17 SEA L 23-26 9 7 68 9.7 0 6.8

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at TB W 31-17 10 8 54 6.8 0 5.4
2 at CIN W 41-17 3 3 54 18.0 0 5.4
3 PIT W 24-20 8 6 57 9.5 0 5.7
5 CLE W 31-3 8 6 70 11.7 1 14.8
6 at LAR W 20-7 8 8 103 12.9 0 10.3
7 at WAS W 9-0 5 3 38 12.7 0 3.8
8 CAR W 51-13 7 6 86 14.3 0 8.6
9 at ARI W 28-25 8 6 79 13.2 1 13.9
12 GB W 37-8 6 6 129 21.5 1 18.9
13 at BAL L 17-20 4 2 17 8.5 0 1.4
14 at NO W 48-46 8 6 67 11.2 1 12.7
15 ATL L 22-29 17 13 134 10.3 0 13.4
16 LAR W 34-31 8 5 79 15.8 1 13.9
17 at SEA W 26-21 7 7 86 12.3 0 9.3
DP MIN W 27-10 5 3 16 5.3 0 1.6
CC GB W 37-20 1 1 19 19.0 0 1.9
SB at KC L 20-31 7 4 36 9.0 0 3.6
DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship SB = Super Bowl

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