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.
Quiet in win
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 20, 2019
Kittle caught three of five targets for 38 yards and carried the ball twice for zero yards in Sunday's 9-0 win over Washington.
ANALYSIS
Both passing games sputtered on a wet afternoon and muddy track, and Kittle's best chance of making a fantasy splash came when he got a carry on a jet sweep at the goal line, only for the tight end to slip when he tried to turn upfield. The 38 receiving yards were a season low for Kittle, and he'll look to rebound in Week 8 against a Panthers defense that's given up the eighth-fewest yards in the league to TEs.
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Advanced NFL Stats
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
41.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.53
 
% Team Air Yards
23.1%
 
% Team Targets
25.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.8%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.4
 
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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
117 routes   42 targets
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79%
21 routes   5 targets
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8 routes   2 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Redskins pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
90.4
 
Cornerbacks
86.4
 
Safeties
69.6
 
Linebackers
116.1
 
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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
 
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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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Cleared to play Sunday
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 18, 2019
Kittle (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Washington, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Listed as limited Thursday
TESan Francisco 49ers
Groin
October 17, 2019
Kittle (groin) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Set to practice
TESan Francisco 49ers
Groin
October 17, 2019
Kittle (groin) is slated to participate in Thursday's practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Groin injury lingers
TESan Francisco 49ers
Groin
October 16, 2019
Kittle was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a groin injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Not on practice field Wednesday
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 16, 2019
Kittle (undisclosed) didn't take part in the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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