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.
Record-setting performance in win
TESan Francisco 49ers
December 9, 2018
Kittle brought in seven of nine targets for 210 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Kittle enjoyed arguably the most spectacular half of football for any tight end in NFL history, and he became the first 49er at his position to ever reach the 1,000-yard mark on the season. Additionally, he fell just five yards short of eclipsing Shannon Sharpe's NFL single-game record for receiving yards by a tight end. The second-year pro notched an 85-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, putting his game-breaking speed on display downfield. The 25-year-old has seen no fewer than nine targets in any of his last four games, and he'll look to continue his excellent stretch of play against the Seahawks in Week 15.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do George Kittle's 2018 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
50.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.88
 
% Team Air Yards
21.8%
 
% Team Targets
24.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
67.4%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.1
 
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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
365 routes   93 targets
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87%
6 routes   1 target
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48 routes   5 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Broncos pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
85.5
 
Cornerbacks
88.4
 
Safeties
76.5
 
Linebackers
88.6
 
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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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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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Makes six grabs in loss
TESan Francisco 49ers
December 2, 2018
Kittle caught six of nine passing attempts for 70 yards in Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Seahawks.
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Downturn in production during loss
TESan Francisco 49ers
November 25, 2018
Kittle brought in six of 12 targets for 48 yards in the 49ers' 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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Catches nine passes in loss
TESan Francisco 49ers
November 12, 2018
Kittle caught nine of 10 targets for 83 yards in Monday night's 27-23 loss to the Giants.
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Avoids injury designation for Week 10
TESan Francisco 49ers
November 10, 2018
Kittle (chest) doesn't carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Giants.
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Wears non-contact jersey for third-straight day
TESan Francisco 49ers
Chest
November 10, 2018
Kittle (chest) wore a non-contact jersey for the third straight day at practice Saturday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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