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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: 26
TE Rank Tier ADP-12
#2 1 3.08

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
2019 (Projected) SF     93 1,195 12.8 8 167.5  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
Many predicted a nice step forward for tight end George Kittle heading into the 2018, but very few - if any - foresaw the unbelievable season he would end up providing to fantasy owners.

Kittle didn't just take a step forward, he took a number of giant leaps, instantly becoming one of the elite players at his position while breaking the all-time NFL single season receiving yardage record at the tight end position. Yes, Kittle - in his second NFL season - produced more yardage than Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, Travis Kelce, or any other tight end has ever had in a single year. And he did it while playing almost all of his games with the likes of C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens throwing him passes.

Of course, it helped that the 49ers were extremely thin at pass catcher, with only one other player besides Kittle - Kendrick Bourne - seeing more than 50 targets on the season, but there's really no questioning that Kittle has to be considered one of the few difference makers for fantasy at an otherwise weak tight end position.

With that being said, there is at least some concern that Kittle might not be able to reproduce quite what he did in 2018. Of course, we can't expect him to repeat a literal record-breaking season from a yardage standpoint so regression in that area is to be expected, but how he got to those numbers is also a bit of a concern. Kittle actually crushed it in one very specific, often times difficult-to-replicate statistic - yards after catch. Kittle's 784 yards after catch was not only best in the league among tight ends, it was actually over 200 yards more than the next best tight end, Kansas City's Travis Kelce, and almost 400 yards more than the third-best YAC tight end, Jared Cook. To put that into further perspective, the only other tight ends who've ever even eclipsed 500 YAC yards in a season since they began officially recording that statistic are Kelce, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Kelce's 784 YAC yards are by far and away the most ever by a tight end and that to be considered a lock to regress here in 2019, even if he's an extreme outlier at the position.

Just because he's likely to regress in yardage totals doesn't necessarily make Kittle a risk to bust, however. With the 49ers offense as a whole almost certainly being better than they were in 2018, Kittle should have additional opportunities to get into the end zone. That's the one area where he didn't excel this past season as he scored just five times in the year. That number should improve even with additional competition for targets, as Kittle is pretty much the only large-bodied pass catcher on the roster and he's certainly the only proven top-level pass-catching producer in San Francisco. If he can boost his touchdown total to even the upper single-digits, that would more than make up for the expected step back in yardage. If he can somehow push that to 10 to 15 touchdowns, as other elite tight ends have done in the past, we could see Kittle actually exceed his fantasy point totals from 2018 even if he's not nearly as productive in terms of yardage.

Kittle is an elite fantasy tight end and one of the few players at the position who's actually worth considering in the early rounds of your fantasy draft.

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TE1TE1 George Kittle
TE2TE2 Ross Dwelley
TE3TE3 Garrett Celek
TE4TE4 Levine Toilolo
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury George Kittle playing through torn labrum
Refuses to undergo surgery on 2018 shoulder injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Jan 27, 9:40 pm

San Francisco
George Kittle injured his right shoulder in a 2018 preseason game. He refuses to get it fixed. The 49ers tight end revealed on Pardon My Take podcast that he has played the past two seasons with a torn labrum, which is why he wears a gray protective sleeve. "So I dislocated my shoulder last year," Kittle said, "and my labrum is completely torn. So I don't get surgery on it - [The protective sleeve] basically helps me, so it doesn’t hurt all the time." He said there’s “no chance” he gets surgery on his shoulder. (PFT - Charean Williams)

FFToday's Take: Kittle is cut from a different cloth. The fact he has played 30 of 32 games with the injury is amazing in and of itself, but to do so while also playing at an All-Pro level is something entirely different. It's more likely than not he'll undergo surgery at some point down the road, but there appears to be no reason to worry about him for fantasy purposes if he doesn't.


Injury George Kittle to practice in full Thursday
Team managing ankle soreness from divisional round
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 16, 2:50 pm

San Francisco
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said TE George Kittle was just dealing with some ankle soreness. Team wants to have him as close to full strength as possible Sunday. Kittle will practice in full today. (ESPN - Nick Wagoner)

FFToday's Take: Kittle wasn't needed much last week versus the Vikings, as Shanahan leaned heavily on the running game (47 attempts). This week could play out in a similar fashion if the 49ers' defense is as dominant as it was against Minnesota, but the likelihood is San Francisco will give Kittle a bit more work this week after he punished the Packers for 129 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the teams' Week 12 meeting.


Injury George Kittle misses practice Wednesday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 15, 5:30 pm

San Francisco
#49ers injury report: DNP: DL Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), TE George Kittle (ankle) Limited: LB Kwon Alexander (pec) Full: RB Tevin Coleman (elbow), RB Raheem Mostert (calf) (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kittle may have come out of Saturday's game against the Vikings with some ankle soreness but there's no indication right now that this is a serious injury. Kittle missed two games earlier this season with knee and ankle injuries.



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

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
12 at TB L 9-27 13 6 48 8.0 0 5.8
13 at SEA L 16-43 9 6 70 11.7 0 7.0
14 DEN W 20-14 9 7 210 30.0 1 27.0
15 SEA W 26-23 8 3 51 17.0 0 5.1
16 CHI L 9-14 12 7 74 10.6 0 7.4
17 at LAR L 32-48 14 9 149 16.6 1 20.9

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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