College: Iowa | 3 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 250 lbs
Birth Date: 10/9/1993
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2019 Bye Week: 4
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 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 TE George Kittle (groin) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 18, but is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is one of the top tight ends in the NFL and is a must-start option no matter the opponent.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (groin) was limited in practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. Kittle is perfectly fine to play in Week 7 against the Redskins. Against one of the weaker defenses in the NFL in Washington, Kittle is an easy top-three fantasy tight end this weekend, although the Niners probably won't have to throw a ton to win this game easily.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 17.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle's coming off an 8-for-8 performance with 103 yards in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. He should be expected to play Sunday in a great matchup against the Washington Redskins.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (groin) has a great shot to best his strong performances the past two weeks in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins. After a quiet start to 2019, Kittle has amassed 14 grabs and 173 yards with a score since Week 5 and has reestablished himself as an elite fantasy tight end. Kittle didnt practice Wednesday with a groin issue but he was still able to play in 83 percent of snaps last Sunday with the same ailment. Leading all Niners in all relevant receiving metrics, Kittle boasts both a generous floor with big upside even in a run-heavy offensive scheme.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle probably will return to practice later this week and should be able to play in Week 7. He is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and is a must-start option.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle reeled in all eight of his targets for 103 yards in Week 6s victory against the Los Angeles Rams. Kittle didnt find the end zone but dominated target share in the passing attack once again. His long went for 45 yards. After a so-so start to the season, Kittles now posted two premium TE1 performances. Hell draw an excellent matchup against the Washington Redskins in Week 7.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught all eight of his targets for 103 yards in a 20-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6.
Fantasy Spin: One week after his first touchdown of the year, Kittle notched his first 100-yard game of 2019. He has now topped 50 yards in all five games this season, logging at least six grabs four times. He is one of the most reliable fantasy options at any position.
49ers' TE George Kittle had 8 receptions for 103 yards but no touchdowns in Sunday's win in Los Angeles Rams.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is one of the best right ends in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (groin) is expected to play against the Rams. Kittle was a late addition to the injury report after practicing in a limited fashion on Friday. He will test the ailment during pregame warmups, but unless he has a setback, he should be good to go. Keep him rolling in fantasy lineups in all formats.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is listed as questionable with a groin injury, but head coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects Kittle to play in Week 6.
Fantasy Spin: This a tad concerning as it was a late practice week issue that cropped up Friday, and Kittle owners will need to check the pre-game inactives list for the late Sunday afternoon window and make sure their man isn't included.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle was added to the injury report Friday, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his status. He will be a must-start option if he is available to play.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (groin) was limited in practice on Friday and is questionable for Week 6 against the Rams. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan ultimately expects Kittle to play in this big divisional matchup. Keep an eye on the inactives for the late slate of games, but Kittle needs to be kept in all lineups as a top-three fantasy tight end if he's active. The 26-year-old has yet to go over 100 yards in a single game this year, but he did have six catches on eight targets for 70 yards and his first touchdown of the season in Week 5 on Monday night.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle finally appeased fantasy players last week with his best performance (6/70/1). Off the schneid, Kittles unquestioned TE1 status resumes in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. While the Niners have been the leagues run-heaviest offense through four games, Kittle is the clear favorite of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Leading the team in all relevant receiving metrics, Kittles floor remains extremely high and the limited aerial opportunities have come at the expense of the wide receivers. The Rams tough rush defense and shaky ability to defend through the air could result in the Niners depending on Garoppolo more than normal on Sunday. That would shape up beautifully for Kittle.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle cradled six of eight targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. He also handled a rush for 18 yards. Kittle broke tackles for first downs all evening and finally cashed in with a 22-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Even with the Niners passing for just 181 yards, Kittle led the team in all receiving metrics and had his best game of the year. Kittles underlying usage rates have been strong all season so it was just a matter of time before the stats caught up. Hes locked in as a weekly TE1 and gets the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle posted six grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Oct. 7.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle remains a No. 1 fantasy option at his position despite the fact this touchdown was his first of 2019. He'll look to keep up his scoring ways on the road in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams.
A surprising development amidst the San Francisco 49ers undefeated start is the lack of production from tight end George Kittle. The unanimous top-3 fantasy tight end enters Week 5 without a game over 60 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. The Niners dominant run game and Kittles excellent blocking abilities have also limited opportunities. Fear not. Kittle is 10th in the NFL in target share at 26.2 percent and should be on the verge of a breakout game. San Francisco hosts the Cleveland Browns on Monday night who rank as the seventh-best pass defense by DVOA but have been softer to tight ends. As the top aerial option among an unproven receiving crop, Kittle deserves another week as a no-brainer TE1.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught six of his eight targets for 57 yards in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle opened the season with consecutive 54-yard outings. It's a bit of an anomaly that a big-play threat like Kittle hasn't enjoyed a huge day or scored a touchdown yet, but his time is coming; he's had a bit of bad luck this season after having a lot of good fortune in 2018. The 49ers will go on a bye in Week 4, but he'll remain an elite TE1 option when he returns to action in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle caught six of eight targets for 57 yards in Week 3s victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A week after taking a backseat to rookie wideout Deebo Samuel, Kittle reassumed his role as the teams main aerial weapon, leading his squad in targets, receptions and yards. While hes still scoreless through three games, Kittle has surpassed 50 yards in each contest. With one of the safest floors at his position, Kittle will be a surefire TE1 after the team emerges from its Week 4 bye.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has yet to break out in 2019 but is still a surefire TE1 in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite just 108 receiving yards and no touchdowns, Kittle still leads all Niners skill players in snaps through two games. The Steelers surrender nearly nine yards per pass attempt and have struggled defending receivers between the hash marks. The key risk for Kittle is the broader distribution of targets among a talented backfield and emerging rookie wideout Deebo Samuel. While last weekends blowout limited his opportunities, Kittle still managed 54 yards on just three looks. In a contest that should be closer, Kittle has one of the safest floors at his position.