TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Good matchup. Jimmy Garoppolo returned to action after a 12-month recovery, and didn't inspire much confidence in doing so. He followed up a shaky preseason with a thoroughly ineffective opener, posting just 6.1 yards per attempt and a single touchdown. Garoppolo struggled to connect consistently with any of his wideouts; only tight end George Kittle topped 40 yards. To be fair, Garoppolo did have two touchdown passes negated by penalties. He's clearly still working off rust, but his floor and ceiling both remain mysterious. With no track record to speak of, there is no clear set of expectations. Without question, though, he'll need his playmakers to step up if he's to find any 2019 success. The trio of Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, and Dante Pettis failed to create much separation - and Garoppolo misfired several times that they did. At least Kittle carried over He caught 8 of his 10 targets, and both those negated touchdown throws had gone to him. Garoppolo may still be an unwritten book, but Kittle is clearly gifted enough to spin fantasy gold regardless. It's surprising how beatable the Bengals pass defense has been since last season. The team boasts a solid set of starting cornerbacks in William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick, after all. And the pass rush, which took down Russell Wilson on 4 of his 24 dropbacks, remains underrated. Still, taken as a whole, this is one football's least cohesive secondaries, and receivers have little trouble splitting them down the field. Wilson posted a prolific 9.8 yards per attempt in Week 1, hitting on most of his downfield throws with relative ease. Most egregious was Tyler Lockett's 44-yard touchdown, on which the slot receiver jogged through an unmanned deep secondary and into the end zone. Last year, these Bengals allowed the league's fourth-most net yards per attempt and third-highest touchdown rate, and this year's iteration looks no different. Jackson and Kirkpatrick can win matchups on the outside, but the holes elsewhere are easy for offenses to exploit.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at TB 62 8.0 54 0 0 5.4
2 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 6.3 * * * *
2 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 7.0 * * * *
2 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 6.0 * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 1 vs TB (10 / 8 / 54 / 0 rec)

In a sign of what's likely to come this season, Kittle was targeted four times on the 49ers' first drive alone. One of those targets doesn't show up in his stats because it was an 8-yard touchdown nullified by penalty. Then, late in the first half, Kittle had yet another touchdown taken off the scoreboard. Even though it didn't count, this one was Kittle's most impressive play of the game, as he bounced off 214-pound safety Darian Stewart's tackle attempt as if he wasn't even there.


Latest News

49ers | George Kittle stays busy in opener (Mon Sep 9, 03:17 AM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught eight of his 10 targets for 54 yards in Week 1 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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