College: Iowa | 3 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 250 lbs
Birth Date: 10/9/1993
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2019 Bye Week: 4
Doubtful - knee, ankle
Total Pts: 113.9
Avg Pts: 12.66
Rank: 1 TE
Kittle had a breakout season in year two, finishing third overall in fantasy tight end scoring. He had a huge season, making a run at top overall fantasy tight end. He topped the 1,000-yard mark and had 88 receptions. His touchdown total was the only so-so part of his game, scoring just five times. Kittle had at least four receptions all but two games. And he did this without his starting quarterback mucho of the season. Kittle is going to be a huge part of this offense for years to come. Kittle isn't a flashy player but solid. He runs solid routes and has good hands. Kittle lacks a little size but is a more than willing blocker. He lacks a little explosion for the position and uses his strength more than anything when it comes to catching the ball and blocking. He also has surprising speed.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Kittle is a top-five fantasy tight end. He could even improve a little on last year, especially the touchdown totals. He is in the elite fantasy tight end category. Last year wasn't a fluke. He could finish with 90 receptions for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns.
A trendy 2018 breakout candidate, George Kittle not only didn't disappoint, but exceed all expectations in amassing 1377 yards and five touchdowns on 88 receptions. As the de facto WR1 in San Francisco, Kittle enjoyed a 26.4% target share and posted a 25.8% dominator rating. Those are monster numbers. The problem Kittle is going to run into in 2019 is that a large portion of his yards came after the catch. Kittle was a splash play machine last year. He scored touchdowns of 85 yards, 82 yards, and 43 yards, and added receptions of 71 yards, 52 yards, and 45 yards. Kittle's 857 yards after the catch were not just tops amongst TEs, but amongst all NFL pass catchers. He did this during a season where the 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo, Jerick McKinnon, Marquise Goodwin, and Pierre Garcon for all or part of the season. The new look 49ers have an emerging Dante Pettis, a healthy McKinnon, free agent acquisition Tevin Coleman, rookie WR Deebo Samuel, and rookie WR Jalen Hurd. Kittle's 15.3 ppr ppg would have made him the WR21 last season. With added competition and his yards after the catch certain to decrease, it is next to impossible for Kittle to match his 2018 output. He is a great player, but he is being drafted only a little after Zach Ertz, who outscored Kittle by 3.1 ppg. I am a huge fan of Kittle and he will be a top five TE this year, but he simply isn't worth a third round pick.
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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (ankle, knee), who is doubtful for Week 11 against the Cardinals, said he's "feeling fantastic." Kittle was off to the side rehabbing at practice all week and remains likely to miss his second straight day. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he feels an obligation to protect Kittle from himself in order to keep him healthy for the rest of the season. "He played through the game two weeks ago with the same deal. Thats why hes a guy you never count out. But you try to be smart with him, though. Well see how the other people do going up to kickoff," Shanahan said. Unless something drastic happens on Saturday, you should have Kittle on your benches again this week. Ross Dwelley should see more playing time as a result, but he's not on the TE2 radar despite the excellent matchup.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 15, and is listed as doubtful for Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle likely will be inactive for the Week 11 game and there is no timetable for his return. Fantasy players should avoid all of the 49ers tight ends until Kittle returns to the lineup.
San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps), DT D.J. Jones (groin), TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) and OT Joe Staley (finger) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 14. LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), TE Garrett Celek (back), DE Dee Ford (quadriceps), WR Dante Pettis (back), TE Levine Toilolo (groin) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps) were limited during practice.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (ankle, knee), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and kicker Robbie Gould (quadriceps) all missed practice for the second straight day this week on Thursday. It's looking like Kittle and Gould will miss their second straight game, while Sanders is doubtful after injuring his ribs on Monday night. Even in a great matchup, it'll make quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo one to fade if he's missing his top receiving targets. Rookie Deebo Samuel will have WR2 upside if both Kittle and Sanders sit out. We wouldn't recommend backup tight end Ross Dwelley or kicker Chase McLaughlin as deep league streamers.
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) has not yet been ruled out, a team spokesman said Wednesday, Nov. 13. The spokesman said head coach Kyle Shanahan wanted to say that the team has to 'plan' as if Kittle will not play. However, he is still considered unlikely to be available.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is still a very, very risky fantasy play for Week 11, and it's likely Ross Dwelley sees a larger role with Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, etc. see more targets in the pass game, too.
San Francisco 49ers LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps), DT D.J. Jones (groin), TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) and OT Joe Staley (finger) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13. TE Garrett Celek (back), DE Dee Ford (quadriceps), TE Levine Toilolo (groin) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps) were limited during practice.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (ankle, knee), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and kicker Robbie Gould (quadriceps) all missed practice on Wednesday. Kittle and Gould sat out on Monday night. All three could be game-time decisions in Week 11 against the Cardinals, making it tough on fantasy owners with the late afternoon start. Ross Dwelley and Chase McLaughlin shouldn't be in starting lineups, despite the great matchup, if Kittle and Gould miss a second straight game. Kittle is a must-start if he's active, but you'll need to have a backup plan. Sanders might have the best chance of playing and is being listed as day-to-day for now. Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne and Marquise Goodwin would have bigger roles if Sanders is ruled out, but only Samuel should be trusted for starting lineups.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) will not be able to play in the Week 11 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle will miss another game and there is no timetable for his return, so fantasy players will need to look for other options to use. None of the 49ers tight ends should be starting options in fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) are considered day-to-day and shaping up as game-time decisions in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle and Sanders figure to practice minimally this week, if any. Kittle missed Week 10 and his injury appears serious but head coach Kyle Shanahan refrained from ruling out the warrior. Sanders suffered a rib cartilage injury on Monday night and the severity is unknown. Without their top aerial playmakers, the biggest gainer could be wideout Deebo Samuel. The rookie amassed 112 yards on eight catches in Week 10 and was clearly the most electric player amongst Kendrick Bourne, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis. Samuel will be a hot waiver commodity and slots as a WR3 if both Kittle and Sanders cant go.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is day-to-day, although head coach Kyle Shanahan is 'hopeful' Kittle will be able to play in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fantasy Spin: Expect the third-year tight end to be held out of practice early in the week, although it sounds like Kittle's fantasy owners need to be prepared for the possibility of another missed game. If he can make it through a limited practice by Friday, he'll have a chance to suit up and be worth a start in fantasy. If he can't go, Ross Dwelley and Garrett Celek figure to see the bulk of work on passing downs in his absence.
The San Francisco 49ers have declared CB Ahkello Witherspoon, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., PK Robbie Gould, DT Jullian Taylor, OT Justin Skule, QB C.J. Beathard and TE George Kittle inactive for Week 10.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 10 game.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Kittle is among the best tight ends in both the NFL and in fantasy, so his absence this week would leave a huge hole. And with the Niners not playing until Monday night, Kittle owners will likely be without their star regardless of if he suits up or not, because you have to plug someone else into that lineup spot on Sunday, right? Unless you go with Kittle's backup, but it's hard to see either Ross Dwelley or Levine Toilolo having the kind of role on Monday that warrants a fantasy start. Assume Kittle isn't playing and look elsewhere.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is already considered doubtful to play Monday, Nov. 11, but head coach Kyle Shanahan offered further insight Saturday, Nov. 9. 'If it was any other player I would probably say he's out,' Shanahan said. 'If it goes like this he will be out. George isn't a guy who needs to be out at practice. We know he's doing everything he can and we'll see how he feels on Monday but things would have to change.'
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy managers shouldn't be planning on having Kittle available for Week 10. Jack Doyle (Colts), Mike Gesicki (Dolphins), Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) are the best options likely to be available on the waiver wire.
San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould (quadricep) and TE George Kittle (knee/ankle) didn't practice Saturday, Nov. 9, and are considered doubtful for Week 10. OT Mike McGlinchey (knee), RB Raheem Mostert (knee), OT Joe Staley (fibula) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot/quadricep) were limited participants and are questionable. TE Levine Toilolo (groin) was limited but is expected to play. DL Dee Ford (quadricep) and FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee) practiced in full.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is listed as doubtful for the game Monday, Nov. 11, against the Seattle Seahawks.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle has received at least five targets in all but one game this season. His absence would mean more work for WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel and Dante Pettis in the passing game.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) was held out of a practice for a second straight day on Friday, Nov. 8.
Fantasy Spin: San Francisco hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, so owners will need to keep tabs on his level of participation in Saturday's practice before making a more concrete decision about whether to start him or not. Owners in deeper leagues could pivot to Ross Dwelley or Jacob Hollister if they want to try to take this thing up until Monday night and potentially avoid missing out on high-end TE1 production from Kittle.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee, ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle seems to be in jeopardy of missing Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy managers should have a backup option at the ready, but lesser returns should certainly be expected.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that tight end George Kittle (ankle, knee) will not practice on Thursday, and the team won't know his status until the end of the week. Kittle could very well be questionable for Monday night against the Seahawks, which would be a nightmare for fantasy owners. He's a must-start high-end TE1 when active, but Kittle's fantasy owners might have to make a tough call if he's not cleared by Sunday morning. Ross Dwelley would be thrust into a bigger role on Monday if Kittle can't play, but he wouldn't be a realistic fantasy replacement. Receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel would also likely see more targets in the passing game.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee, ankle) will not practice Thursday, Nov. 7, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team won't know his status until the end of the week.
Fantasy Spin: Making matters more difficult fantasy owners is that San Francisco plays on Monday night in Week 10. The knee injury he is struggling with likely occurred on the first play of the game in Week 9 - an apparent hyperextension that he obviously played through. Ross Dwelley got some run in the 49ers' last game and would likely replace Kittle in the starting lineup if he can't go, but owners should view him only as an emergency option in the event Kittle gets ruled out Monday.