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.
Dominates with cracked rib
TESan Francisco 49ers
January 1, 2019
Kittle spent part of his record-breaking season playing with a cracked rib, an injury he initially suffered Week 9 against the Raiders, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 49ers listed Kittle with a chest injury the following week, limiting him to non-contact work in practice before he posted a 9-83-0 receiving line against the Giants. He returned to full participation after a Week 11 bye and ultimately finished his second pro season with an NFL record for receiving yards (1,377) by a tight end. Kittle only scored five times on 88 catches, but his marks of 15.6 yards per catch and 10.1 per target were remarkable by positional standards. It's possible his best work is still to come, as Kittle is only 25 years old and should get to play with Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) in 2019. It won't come as any surprise if Kittle and/or Travis Kelce make(s) another run at the TE yardage record. There hasn't been any indication that the cracked rib is still an issue.
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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
61.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.06
 
% Team Air Yards
25.7%
 
% Team Targets
26.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.7%
 
Drop Rate
3.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.9
 
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How often does George Kittle run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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George Kittle
497 routes   136 targets
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87%
13 routes   2 targets
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54 routes   8 targets
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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
Best Ball Journal: Tightrope at TE
8 days ago
As Kelce, Ertz, and Kittle raise the bar at TE, it drags along lesser, risky tight ends like Eric Ebron into an inflated price range.
FanDuel Fantasy Football: Pro Bowl Picks
28 days ago
For this weekend’s Pro Bowl, Kevin Payne offers his strategy for FanDuel’s single-game contest and notes tight ends tend to do well in this unique game.
Yahoo DFS Football: Pro Bowl-Super Bowl Picks
28 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin checks out the split Pro Bowl/Super Bowl slate and expects George Kittle to thrive against soft coverage in Orlando.
NFL Game Previews: Week 17 Matchups
55 days ago
Erik Siegirst previews Week 17 in the NFL as the Andrew Luck and the Colts travel to Tennessee to battle the Titans for the final AFC playoff spot.
DraftKings NFL: Week 17 Picks
56 days ago
Derek VanRiper picks the Week 17 DraftKings slate as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs still have something to play for – home-field advantage in the playoffs.
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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Sets TE receiving record
TESan Francisco 49ers
December 30, 2018
Kittle caught nine of 14 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Rams and set an NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,377 yards.
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Leads team in receiving
TESan Francisco 49ers
December 23, 2018
Kittle caught seven passes for 74 yards in the 49ers' Week 16 loss to the Bears.
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Contained by Seahawks defense
TESan Francisco 49ers
December 16, 2018
Kittle caught three of eight targets for 51 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime win against Seattle.
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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.
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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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