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
Overall Redraft - 32, 20, 22, 25, 28, 30, 34, 36, 39, 42, 46
TE Redraft PPR - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
Overall Redraft PPR - 29, 24, 24, 25, 26, 26, 26, 27, 28, 28, 29, 30, 32, 36, 37, 43
TE Dynasty - 1, 1, 2, 2
Overall Dynasty - 32, 25, 36, 38

Stats and Projections

YEARGRECYDTD
2017 SF 15 43 515 2
2018 SF 16 88 1377 5
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 79.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 16.0 77.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 85.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 79.6 * *

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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: 31
TE: 3
Overall-PPR: 29
TE-PPR: 3

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Latest News

49ers | George Kittle receives high praise (Thu Jul 11, 05:05 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle reminds QB Jimmy Garoppolo a lot of Rob Gronkowski - both on and off the field - according to Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News.'There are a lot of similarities - on the field and a little bit off the field, too. George is tremendous. The energy he brings every day, how he goes about his business - he's always having fun while he's doing it. Very similar to Gronk, they both enjoy what they do. It makes everything more enjoyable. It's fun to be around, and it's contagious. To have a guy like that makes our team so much closer as well as much better,' Garoppolo said.

Our View: Kittle had a huge breakout season in 2018, catching 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what he can do for an encore this year, especially if Garoppolo stays healthy. Fantasy GMs expecting 80 catches and around 1,000 receiving yards aren't too far off in their projections. Kittle has a current ADP of TE3 (3.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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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