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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 10 67 54 687 12.7 3 88.2 8.8
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.

Fan. Tm. Player
TE1TE1 George Kittle
TE2TE2 Ross Dwelley
TE3TE3 Garrett Celek
TE4TE4 Levine Toilolo
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury George Kittle expected to play
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 24, 7:15 am

San Francisco
49ers’ TE George Kittle, listed as questionable with ankle and knee injuries, is expected to play tonight against the Packers, per source. WR Deebo Samuel, listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, also is expected to play. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kittle has missed the last two games which has allowed Deebo Samuel (8-112, 8-134) to post his two best games of the season. With Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders expected to suit up, Samuel's fantasy stock takes a hit into WR3 territory.

Injury Kittle, Deebo, Sanders listed as Questionable
Gametime decisions
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 22, 4:00 pm

San Francisco
The 49ers officially are listing George Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel as questionable, Kyle Shanahan says. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: For what its' worth, all three were wearing no-contact jersey's in practice on Friday. Given that Sanders was able to play last week, it's likely he will give it a go this week. Kittle and Samuel can be classified as gametime decisions. The 49ers and Packers play Sunday night making it difficult for fantasy owners setting lineups in Week 12.

Injury Kittle, Deebo non-contact at Thursday's practice
Long injury list for 49ers
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 21, 3:40 pm

San Francisco
Baby steps: George Kittle is back at practice today. He’s wearing a blue jersey that signals he’s not to have any contact. Deebo Samuel (shoulder) also practicing in a blue jersey. Emmanuel Sanders is not practicing, but he’s looking far more spry in his rehab than he did last week. Matt Breida (ankle), Dee Ford (hamstring) working out on a side field. Robbie Gould was not practing. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The 49ers are beat up at the receiving positions and it remains to be seen who will suit up on Sunday night against the Packers. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier in the week that Kittle, Sanders, Samuel and Breida would all "come down to the wire."

Injury Emmanuel Sanders expected to play
Rib injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 17, 7:17 am

San Francisco
49ers’ WR Emmanuel Sanders, listed as questionable for today with a rib injury, will play Sunday vs. Cardinals, per source. 49ers’ RB Matt Breida, listed as doubtful for today with an ankle injury, will not play vs. Cardinals, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is likely a pain tolerance issue for Sanders making him a risky play for fantasy owners. With George Kittle out and Sanders ailing, this is a decent spot against Arizona for Deebo Samuel to lead the team in the WR production.

Injury George Kittle listed as Doubtful
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 15, 4:22 pm

San Francisco
Kyle Shanahan said George Kittle (ankle, knee) will be listed as doubtful for the second straight week. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kittle will likely be one of the inactives this Sunday against the Cardinals meaning Ross Dwelley will get another shot at the starting tight end job. Kicker Robbie Gould is also listed as Doubtful meaning Chase McLaughlin will handle the kicking duties.

Injury George Kittle out for Week 11
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Nov 13, 7:27 pm

San Francisco
49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan said TE George Kittle will not play Sunday against Arizona. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ross Dwelley (3-24) and Garrett Celek held down the fort at tight end last week for the 49ers and will do so again this week against the Cardinals. It's hard to get excited about Dwelley as a fantasy option but the matchup couldn't be any better as the Cardinals give up the most fantasy points to the position.

Injury George Kittle has issues with knee and ankle
Status in doubt for Week 10
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 8, 4:15 pm

San Francisco
Tight end George Kittle’s status for the 49ers’ game Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks continues to be in doubt. Kittle, who sustained knee and ankle injuries in the 49ers’ Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals, has yet to practice this week. Kittle and kicker Robbie Gould did not practice on Friday. (NBC BayArea)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Kyle Shanahan said that an MRI revealed "issues" with his knee and ankle. This does't sound promising for his availability on Monday night. If he can't go, Ross Dwelley would see an increased role at tight end.

Injury George Kittle could be limited
Groin injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 13, 7:30 am

San Francisco
49ers’ TE George Kittle, a late add to the injury report with a groin injury that left him questionable for Sunday, is expected to play against the Rams, per source. But there is some concern about whether he will be able to finish the game. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kittle owners should probably still roll him out in lineups today as it's unlikely you have a better option at a barren position. The 49ers and Rams start at 4:05 pm Eastern.

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

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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