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TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Kittle left the first preseason game with a shoulder injury. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said of the injury: "I have a feeling it's going to be some time." Kittle did not suffer any structural damage and has a good chance to be ready for the regular season.

Summary

Kittle won both a roster spot and the starting job as a 2017 rookie on the heels of an eye-opening camp, which he carried over in spurts to the regular season. All told, he saw 54% of team snaps and turned 63 targets into a 43-515-2 line that stands high on the historical list of rookie tight ends. Still, he's no more than a mid-range TE2 stab for fantasy purposes. Kittle caught 3 passes or fewer in 10 of 16 games, and his 10.4% target share doesn't inspire confidence as the team naturally throws a bit less in 2018. UPDATE: Kittle left the preseason opener with a shoulder injury and head coach Kyle Shanahan said he will miss "some time", but early reports are that there is no structural damage. (August 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 15, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 20, 27
TE Redraft PPR - 15, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 21, 22, 27
TE Dynasty - 15, 9, 11, 13, 15, 15, 18, 22, 32

Stats and Projections

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2017 SF 15 43 515 2
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.1 45.0 * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 14.5 45.0 * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 14.0 40.0 * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 40.3 * *

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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: 125
TE: 11
Overall-PPR: 122
TE-PPR: 12

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Latest News

49ers | Plethora of 49ers will be held out (Thu Aug 16, 03:24 PM) - San Francisco 49ers LB Arik Armstead (hamstring), RB Matt Breida (shoulder), OT Garry Gilliam (concussion), TE George Kittle (shoulder), WR Max McCaffrey (undisclosed), RB Jerick McKinnon (calf), CB Richard Sherman (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (leg), DE Solomon Thomas (concussion) and CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) are not expected to play in Week 2 of the preseason.

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49ers | Two 49ers out until Week 1 (Fri Aug 10, 07:07 PM) - San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (shoulder) and TE George Kittle (shoulder) both suffered separated shoulders during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9, and will both be sidelined until Week 1.

Our View: Both play rough positions that include a lot of contact that might re-injure the shoulders so this will be something to monitor when they return to the lineup. Second-year players Cole Hikutini and Joe Williams will get increased August opportunity to show their stuff with the pair sidelined.
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49ers | George Kittle not seriously hurt (Fri Aug 10, 01:05 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) did not sustain any tears or structural damage to his separated shoulder Thursday, Aug. 10. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco speculates the injury is most likely a sprain that will sideline Kittle a couple of weeks.

Our View: This is great news and means you don't need to move Kittle down too far on your board, if at all.
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49ers | George Kittle to miss time (Fri Aug 10, 02:34 AM) - Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) will miss 'some time' with a shoulder injury, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. While there's no timetable as of yet, Shanahan indicated he doesn't expect Kittle to be available to practice next week.

Our View: Garrett Celek could become interesting as a tight end streamer to open the season if this is going to affect Kittle into the regular season. It's difficult to endorse taking Kittle as a Plan A at tight end until this is resolved and we get a more specific update.
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49ers | George Kittle exits early (Thu Aug 9, 10:51 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) exited the preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys with a shoulder injury Thursday, Aug. 9.

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2018 Schedule

1@ Minnesota Vikings
2vs Detroit Lions
3@ Kansas City Chiefs
4@ Los Angeles Chargers
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Green Bay Packers
7vs Los Angeles Rams
8@ Arizona Cardinals
9vs Oakland Raiders
10vs New York Giants
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14vs Denver Broncos
15vs Seattle Seahawks
16vs Chicago Bears
17@ Los Angeles Rams