George Kittle
George Kittle
26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
San Francisco 49ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It wasn't just that Kittle had a career season, he had a season that was almost too good to be true. And it's hard to know how to react to that type of year. Kittle and Travis Kelce played ping-pong with the single-season yardage record for a tight end; when the smoke cleared, Kittle won. That's an incredible accomplishment for any player, but then underscore that Kittle did it playing most of his season with undrafted quarterback Nick Mullens (Kelce, meanwhile, worked with the NFL MVP). The 49ers also had pedestrian wideouts; every late-season opponent took to the field with the primary goal of stopping Kittle. And let's not forget Kittle was scarcely used at Iowa, catching just 48 passes in four college seasons. The 49ers need to prioritize Kittle more in the scoring area. He only had five touchdowns despite last year's banner season, and three came from long distance (43, 82, 85 yards). The other two spikes were from the 10- and 5-yard line. It wasn't for a lack of trying, as Kittle was fourth among tight ends in red-zone targets. A full season of Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback could go a long way toward fixing this deficiency. Garoppolo, in a lot of ways, is the elephant in the San Francisco huddle. Can he be trusted to play a full season? Have we seen enough of him to definitively conclude he's a difference-maker? How you feel about Garoppolo goes a long way toward solving your Kittle stance in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.7 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2017.
Just one catch
TESan Francisco 49ers
January 19, 2020
Kittle (ankle) caught his lone target for 19 yards in Sunday's 37-20 victory over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.
ANALYSIS
Kittle was held out of practice until Thursday due to his lingering ankle injury, but it didn't appear to limit the star tight end in the run game, as he did his usual man-handling of defensive assignments to help Raheem Mostert rush for 220 yards and four scores. San Francisco threw the ball just eight times while playing with a big lead all game, resulting in the disappointing stat line from the 26-year-old. Kittle played through broken ribs for nearly the entire 2018 season, and he has been playing with a bone chip in his ankle since Week 12 of the regular season, so those deploying him in DFS formats shouldn't be concerned with his ability to get through a game. Game script is what Kittle backers need to worry about, but that may be less of a concern with the high-octane Chiefs set to oppose the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in two weeks.
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How do George Kittle's 2019 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
44.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.76
 
% Team Air Yards
20.4%
 
% Team Targets
22.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
79.4%
 
Drop Rate
1.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.3
 
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How often does George Kittle run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how George Kittle and the other tight ends for the 49ers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
George Kittle
333 routes   107 targets
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80%
139 routes   22 targets
79%
11 routes   0 targets
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21 routes   2 targets
40%
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 George Kittle Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do George Kittle's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.52 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump
132 in
 
Bench Press
18 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.13 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring George Kittle
Championship Game Observations
2 days ago
Raheem Mostert ran for 220 yards and four TDs in an easy home win over the Packers.
NFL Game Previews: Conference Championship Matchups
4 days ago
Erik Siegrist previews the conference championships as Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers look to punch their Super Bowl ticket against the Packers.
FanDuel Fantasy Football: Conference Championship Picks
4 days ago
Kevin Payne exams the two-game slate and thinks it might not be a bad week to try to squeeze in both George Kittle and Travis Kelce considering the lack of options at wide receiver.
DraftKings NFL: Championship Weekend Picks
5 days ago
Travis Kelce is arguably the best receiver on Sunday's two-game Championship slate, which is why RotoWire's Andrew Laird thinks he is a key lineup building block.
Beating the Book: Championship Games
7 days ago
Chris loves George Kittle and the Niners as 7.5-point home favorites over the Packers. He feels less strongly about the Titans-Chiefs game.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Tight end is a hard position, especially for rookies. Kittle's first-year haul might not seem like much, but since the merger, only 16 rookie tight ends have produced more catches than Kittle's 43. His production got a modest bump when Jimmy Garoppolo took over: five games, 15-224-1, a catch rate of 78.9 percent. And now we get to dig into the growth seasons for a typical tight end. Kittle is a better athlete than blocker, and that's fine with us. At 6-4, 250, he blazed a 4.52 40 at the 2017 combine, also displaying explosiveness with strong marks in the vertical jump (35 inches) and broad jump (132 inches). Kittle tied for fifth among tight ends with 16 red-zone targets last year, but most of those were from quarterbacks far worse than Garoppolo (hence the modest TD total). The 49ers have a lot of receiving turf to be claimed, following a season in which no player had more than 59 receptions or four TD catches. Garoppolo, of course, didn't start the year with the team. Make sure Kittle is prominent on your list of potential breakout players. Heck, he could be a cheaper way to get Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan exposure, if you miss on some of the buzzier targets. Kittle did suffer a separated shoulder in the first week of the preseason, but the 49ers expect him to be back for their regular-season opener.
Kittle could be in store for a bigger role than he thought his rookie year after the Niners sent incumbent No. 1 tight end Vance McDonald to the Steelers in an August trade. The fifth-round draft pick possesses surprising athleticism (4.52 speed) for a 6-4, 247-pound blocking tight end and could carve out a solid role as a check-down option for QB Brian Hoyer.
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Officially gets in full practice
TESan Francisco 49ers
January 16, 2020
Kittle (ankle) officially was a full practice participant Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Will return to full practice
TESan Francisco 49ers
January 16, 2020
Kittle (ankle) will practice fully Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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No practice Wednesday
TESan Francisco 49ers
Ankle
January 15, 2020
Kittle was held out of practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
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Limited production in playoff win
TESan Francisco 49ers
January 11, 2020
Kittle had three catches (five targets) for 16 yards in Saturday's NFC divisional -round win over Minnesota.
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Totals 93 yards in win
TESan Francisco 49ers
December 29, 2019
Kittle had seven catches for 86 yards and rushed once for seven yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.
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