College: Iowa | 3 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 250 lbs
Birth Date: 10/9/1993
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2019 Bye Week: 4
Questionable - Knee
Total Pts: 90.9
Avg Pts: 10.10
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 (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.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) did not practice on Tuesday. The 49ers played last Thursday and have a Monday night game in Week 10 against the Seahawks. He hasn't shown the ceiling that he had in 2018, but he remains a high-end TE1 for a good matchup this week against the Seahawks. Kittle had six catches for 79 yards and his second touchdown of the season last Thursday in the win over the Cardinals. He's a must-start every time he's on the field in fantasy.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee, ankle) was not participating in practice Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle was able to play through the injuries in Week 9 and put up a solid line. Unless he suffers a setback during the week, he should be locked in as an elite TE1 against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is "pretty optimistic" that tight end George Kittle's (ankle, knee) injuries aren't long-term and that he can practice next week. Kittle underwent an MRI exam on Friday after tweaking his knee in the Thursday night win over the Cardinals, but it looks like nothing alarming was found. He went off for six catches, 79 yards and a touchdown against Arizona and should remain a high-end TE1 for Week 10 in another solid matchup against the Seahawks.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee, ankle) played through knee and ankle injuries after being hurt early in the team's Week 9 game Thursday, Oct. 31 at Arizona, but head coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday, Nov. 1, that he's 'pretty optimistic' that the injuries won't have long-term ramifications and is hopeful that Kittle can practice next week.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle not only played through the injuries Thursday but played well, posting a 6-79-1 receiving stat line for his best fantasy outing of the season. He'll now have a few extra days to recover, and he remains a locked-in elite TE1 going forward.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown Thursday, Oct. 31, against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fantasy Spin: For as good as Kittle is, his numbers haven't been great this year as Thursday's performance included just his second TD of 2019 and fourth game of at least 70 yards receiving. He should benefit as much as anyone from the arrival of Emmanuel Sanders to open things up a bit, keeping Kittle as a must-start TE1 for the rest of the season.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) caught six of eight targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle took a helmet to the knee on the teams opening drive but resurfaced to rumble for a 30-yard touchdown to end the first quarter. He made several more fine plays throughout the game, repeatedly outplaying the weak Cardinals coverage. Concerningly, Kittle was held out in the games closing minutes as the knee continued to bother him all evening. With 11 days to rest before Week 10s Monday night tilt against the Seattle Seahawks, expect to see Kittle back in action as a premium TE1.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) left the field Thursday, Oct. 31, and walked to the medical tent with trainers.
Fantasy Spin: Ross Dwelley is the No. 2 tight end on the 49ers' depth chart. Kittle was seen stretching after leaving the tent and is yet to be officially ruled out.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) returned for his team's second drive of the game Thursday, Oct. 31.