• George Kittle

  • TE
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 29
  • 250 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Kittle was the TE3 last season but missed a few games. It looks like Trey Lance is taking over at quarterback, which means there are likely to be fewer targets available as Lance takes off on more designed (and undesigned) runs. Kittle missed one of Lance’s two starts, but saw just two targets in Lance’s Week 17 start and only saw four of Lance’s 71 targets on the season. This isn’t a death knell to Kittle’s value, but it’s worrisome.

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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

SF TE George Kittle - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside The 49ers continued their trend of passing on drafting a receiving threat at tight end to go with George Kittle. Last season, Kittle was on injured reserve for nearly a month due to a calf injury. He finished the season with 71 receptions for 910 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. According to Pro Football Network's Jason Katz, Kittle is probably the best overall tight end in the NFL. Katz went on to note that's great for the 49ers, but from a fantasy perspective, we don't want our tight ends to be elite blockers. We want them running routes. Kittle has been a top-five tight end since he broke out in 2018 but has always felt a bit ceiling capped. His breakout season came in 2018. Kittle’s 1,377 receiving yards led all tight ends. He posted career-highs in targets (135), receptions (88), and yards per reception (15.6) as well. Following this breakout, however, Kittle's production stagnated. As Katz added: "By no means should anyone scoff at a guy who has averaged 14-16 points per game" for four consecutive seasons and finished no lower than fourth in any of them. So among the higher-end producers at this position, consistency is king.

Fantasy Downside According to 4for4.com's John Paulsen, with Trey Lance taking over at quarterback, there are likely to be fewer targets available as Lance takes off on more designed (and undesigned) runs. Kittle missed one of Lance’s two starts, but saw just two targets in Lance’s Week 17 start and only saw four of Lance’s 71 targets on the season. Paulsen added: "This isn’t a death knell to Kittle’s value, but it’s worrisome."

2022 Bottom Line Kittle might not be a league winner, but he still offers that weekly leverage over the field we need. That's what keeps him locked well inside the top five at this position.

2022 Strength of Schedule - SF

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
9
@CHI
29
SEA
1
@DEN
20
LAR
10
@CAR
15
@ATL
14
KC
20
@LAR
BYE32
LAC
4
@ARI
7
NO
19
MIA
18
TB
29
@SEA
12
WAS
24
@LV
4
ARI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DET4780519.5000000.007.811.852/5594.5%
2@PHI417044.2500000.001.75.770/70100.0%
3GB7920913.1419009.0010.117.170/70100.0%
4SEA44001010.0000000.004.08.070/7692.1%
5@ARI--------------
6BYE--------------
7IND--------------
8@CHI--------------
9ARI61011816.8300010.0014.120.143/5972.9%
10LAR5501710.0000000.0011.016.052/6876.5%
11@JAX434148.5000000.009.413.457/6982.6%
12MIN1130213.0000000.001.32.365/7092.9%
13@SEA918121220.1115005.0030.639.654/5893.1%
14@CIN1315111511.6200000.0021.134.168/7195.8%
15ATL6930615.5000000.009.315.355/5796.5%
16@TEN2210310.5000000.002.14.159/59100.0%
17HOU1290229.0016006.003.54.559/6295.2%
18@LAR510072.0000000.001.06.066/7094.3%
Per game5.0765.000.436.7112.820.211.4300.076.679.0714.1460.00/65.2991.88%
Totals7191069412.82320016.67127198840/91491.88%