George Kittle
George Kittle
25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.7 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2017.
Scores touchdown in loss to Rams
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 21, 2018
Kittle caught five of eight targets for 98 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Rams.
ANALYSIS
Kittle led the team in targets, catches and receiving yardage, thanks in large part to a long gain of 35 yards. He also got into the end zone for the second time this season on a 10-yard strike in the second quarter. Kittle has emerged as one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL this season and is currently on pace for over 1,200 yards despite catching passes from C.J. Beathard. He'll look to build off this productive outing next Sunday against the Cardinals.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    345
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
593
6
2018
345
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other TEs)

Height:   6' 4"
AVERAGE
Weight:   250 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.52 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   33.13 in
AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.25 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   35 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   132 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   18 reps
WEAK
San Francisco 49ers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Ready to face Rams
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 19, 2018
Kittle (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Listed as limited Wednesday
TESan Francisco 49ers
Knee
October 17, 2018
Kittle (knee) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
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Catches four passes
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 16, 2018
Kittle (knee) caught four of six targets for 30 yards in Monday's 33-30 loss to Green Bay.
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Active Monday
TESan Francisco 49ers
October 15, 2018
Kittle (knee) is active for Monday's contest at Green Bay.
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Expected to play Monday
TESan Francisco 49ers
Knee
October 15, 2018
Kittle (knee) is expected to suit up Monday in Green Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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