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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
#2 1 3.11

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 (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 Garrett Celek
TE3TE3 Kaden Smith
TE4TE4 Ross Dwelley
TE5TE5 Levine Toilolo
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Travis Kelce expected to be ready for camp
Chiefs' TE will miss minicamp
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Jun 8, 9:30 am

Kansas City Chiefs
As he has throughout organized team activities, or OTAs, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce watched Thursday’s workout from the sideline. And that likely will be his vantage point when mandatory mini-camp begins next Tuesday. But coach Andy Reid said Thursday that should be the extent of Kelce’s absence. “I don’t think (he’ll participate) next week,” Reid said. “I think you’ll probably see him in training camp.” (Kansas City Star)

FFToday's Take: Kelce is roughly about five months removed from ankle surgery which put him in a boot for a few weeks afterward. Unless there's a setback Kelce should be ready to go for camp. He's in the conversation as the No.1 overall fantasy tight end along with George Kittle and Zach Ertz.



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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