George Kittle
George Kittle
27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
San Francisco 49ers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kittle entered last season with a five-year, $75 million extension in hand, hoping to take aim at his NFL single-season tight end record of 1,377 receiving yards. Instead, it was Travis Kelce who broke the record, while an MCL sprain and a foot fracture limited Kittle to eight games for the 49ers. Kittle played at least 14 games in each of his first three NFL seasons, but that was largely on account of playing through injuries rather than avoiding them. Even last year, Kittle was fortunate to play as many games as he did, returning from the foot fracture to total 11 receptions for 160 yards in Weeks 16 and 17. He finished the season with only two touchdowns, but his numbers otherwise prorate to 96 catches for 1,268 yards — right in line with preseason expectations. It was Kittle's third consecutive season averaging more than 75 receiving yards per game, so it is his health that has been the key variable for fantasy purposes, while the athleticism, skill and target volume have been constants. Part of the issue is simply Kittle's physical playing style, subjecting himself to frequent, high-speed collisions as both a blocker and ballcarrier. Of course, that's also part of what makes him so great, and part of what keeps him on the field for all three downs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the 49ers in August of 2020.
Posts 78 yards in victory
TESan Francisco 49ers
September 12, 2021
Kittle caught four of five targets for 78 yards Sunday, but he lost a fumble in a 41-33 win over the Lions.
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Deebo Samuel (nine catches, 189 yards and a touchdown) did most of the heavy lifting on the receiving end, but Kittle still managed to do some damage between the numbers against an inexperienced Detroit defense. The 27-year-old remains one of the top tight ends in the league, but he will have the occasional moderate volume game, like this one, due to his elite run blocking on a run-heavy offense. Kittle remains a bona fide TE1 heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Eagles.
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How do George Kittle's 2021 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
26.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.50
 
% Team Air Yards
16.5%
 
% Team Targets
21.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
14.8
 
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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
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
39.6
 
Cornerbacks
39.6
 
Safeties
66.7
 
Linebackers
95.8
 
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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
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Kittle is rapidly building a case as one of the better fifth-round draft picks in NFL history, ripping off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at a position where only two or three players reach that mark each year. He couldn't quite match his tight end yardage record from 2018, but Kittle was the furthest thing from a slouch last season, ranking 12th among pass catchers in yards per game (75.2) and 14th in yards per target (9.8). His average target depth dropped from 7.3 yards to 5.7, and while there was a corresponding dip in yards per reception, Kittle's catch rate shot up to elite territory at 79.4 percent. He may not get the same downfield opportunities as Travis Kelce, but Kittle is even better than his TE counterpart at picking up yards after the catch, and the 26-year-old also had lower drop rates in both 2018 and 2019. Kittle's greatest weaknesses - at least from a fantasy standpoint - are actually strengths from the 49ers' perspective. He plays too hard, he blocks too much and sometimes he can be too invested in tasks that don't produce stats. Kittle has missed only three games in three seasons, but he's played through a torn shoulder labrum, fractured rib cartilage and a bone spur in his ankle. That probably makes Kelce the safer TE1 choice, but Kittle is the one with superhuman talent.
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.
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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Gets taste of preseason
TESan Francisco 49ers
August 29, 2021
Kittle caught his only target for 14 yards in Sunday's 34-10 preseason win over the Raiders.
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Not in line to play Sunday
TESan Francisco 49ers
August 22, 2021
Kittle isn't expected to suit up for Sunday's preseason contest at the Chargers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Could make appearance Sunday
TESan Francisco 49ers
August 20, 2021
Kittle likely will suit up for Sunday's preseason game at the Chargers, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
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Likely out for preseason opener
TESan Francisco 49ers
August 14, 2021
Kittle is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Helping rookie QB adjust
TESan Francisco 49ers
July 30, 2021
Kittle is already showing chemistry with rookie QB Trey Lance at training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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