TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 247Born: 10-9-1993College: IowaDrafted: Round 5, pick 146 (2017)

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Summary

Entering 2017, Kittle was an intriguing fifth-round rookie mired in a hazy fantasy offense. All he did in Year 2 was break Rob Gronkowski's tight end yardage record with 1,336 across 88 receptions. Drawing 26% of team targets, Kittle became a consistent NFL go-to and a weekly fantasy star. And his Week 14 demolition of the Broncos - 210 yards in the first half of play - was postseason gold for the forward-thinking fantasy players who'd rostered and held him. An athletic target at 6'4" and 247 pounds, Kittle excels between zones and up the seams, and his after-catch ability adds to his splash-play potential. He averaged an elite 15.6 yards per catch in 2018, best among all full-time tight ends in football. There's no real worry over the quarterback change-up, either; Kittle showed a healthy rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo early in the year, posting 191 yards over their 3 games together. Rather, it's exciting to imagine Kittle's potential with a step up at quarterback from C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. The 49ers prioritized their receiving corps in the draft, adding two intriguing wideouts over the first three rounds. But Kittle's eruption didn't seem fluky or inflated, and the team's additions look more like complementary pieces than stabs at a new No. 1 option. Kittle safely enters 2019 as the passing game's leader, and another season of 80-90 high-impact receptions is well within reach. (May 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft - 29, 21, 24, 27, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 36, 39, 42
TE Redraft PPR - 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 26, 22, 22, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 42
TE Dynasty - 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2
Overall Dynasty - 29, 18, 26, 36, 36, 36

Stats and Projections

YEARGRECYDTD
2017 SF 15 43 515 2
2018 SF 16 88 1377 5
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 78.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 15.5 76.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 85.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 80.5 * *

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Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

George Kittle's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 33
TE: 3
Overall-PPR: 33
TE-PPR: 3

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Latest News

49ers | George Kittle back to work (Thu Aug 22, 05:16 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (calf) returned to practice Thursday, Aug. 22, after missing practice last week with a tight calf.

Our View: Not that we were moving Kittle down our board after this ailment sprang up, but now we can eliminate it from a list of concerns. Kittle has gained value this summer as no 49ers receiver has emerged to Kyle Shanahan's satisfaction. He'll be the rare tight end that is the #1 target in his pass offense.
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49ers | George Kittle day-to-day (Wed Aug 14, 06:04 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (calf) is considered day-to-day because of his calf injury.

Our View: The 49ers have no need to rush Kittle back into action. It is not known if he will participate in the joint practices with the Denver Broncos or play in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 19.
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49ers | No practice for Deebo Samuel, George Kittle (Tue Aug 13, 02:13 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (personal) and TE George Kittle (calf) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 13. Samuel was excused for personal reasons, while Kittle is dealing with calf tightness, according to the Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman.

Our View: We'll see if this pair can practice later in the week. The 49ers are traveling to Denver for joint practices with the Broncos on Friday and Saturday.
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2019 Schedule

1@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2@ Cincinnati Bengals
3vs Pittsburgh Steelers
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs Cleveland Browns
6@ Los Angeles Rams
7@ Washington Redskins
8vs Carolina Panthers
9@ Arizona Cardinals
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14@ New Orleans Saints
15vs Atlanta Falcons
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17@ Seattle Seahawks