• George Kittle

  • TE
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 28
  • 247 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks

George Kittle surprisingly returned to action last week against the Cardinals, and caught four of five targets for 92 yards. Kittle looked like his usual, dynamic self, and he seems to have a nice connection with fellow Iowa alumni C.J. Beathard, making him a must-start in Week 17, assuming he’s still active.

The Seahawks rank 23rd in aFPA to opposing tight ends, so it should be another great game for Kittle. Additionally, with Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel both set to miss the final game of the season, Beathard may have very few targets to work with. Start Kittle.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Arizona Cardinals

For some idiotic reason, the 49ers are putting their star TE at risk in a meaningless Week 16 game. With the problems at the position, even if Kittle is on a pitch count, he's still worth starting at designated TE spots. I'd be nervous putting him as a high-end flex though, given Kyle Shanahan's expectation to limit his snaps.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Seattle Seahawks

George Kittle had a quiet day against the Patriots last week, catching a modest five balls for 55 yards. Kittle has at least five targets in every game he’s played this year though, and he remains an elite fantasy option every week. He’s averaging nine targets per game and is the primary cog for the 49ers’ passing offense.

This week, Kittle faces a Seahawks defense that ranks 11th in aFPA to opposing tight ends. Kittle is a great start regardless of matchup, considering the offense pretty much runs through him. Expect another busy day for him, as we have him ranked as an elite fantasy option once again. Start him.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at New England Patriots

George Kittle had a great game against the Rams last week, catching seven of the 10 balls thrown his way for 109 yards and a touchdown. It was his second touchdown in only four games this year, and he’s now averaging 9.5 targets per game. That’s with all the 49ers’ weapons on hand as well, proving Kittle’s role as the primary target is secure without question.

This week, Kittle faces a Patriots defense that ranks first in the league in aFPA to opposing tight ends, but he’s a must-start every week, regardless of matchup. The Patriots have held tight ends in check, but they did allow three catches and 70 yards to Travis Kelce back in Week 4. Expect at least similar production from Kittle. Start him.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Los Angeles Rams

George Kittle had four catches for 44 yards last week against the Dolphins after a huge game against the Eagles in Week 4. Kittle was tied for the lead in targets with eight, and he remains the best option in the 49ers’ passing game. The only real drawback to Kittle at this point is the poor quarterback play thus far this season. Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t look healthy and C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens have both looked average at best. Still, the target share should be enough to keep Kittle at the top of the TE ranks.

This week, Kittle faces a Rams defense that ranks first overall against wide receivers, but 19th in aFPA to opposing tight ends. Expect the 49ers to target Kittle early and often, and for him to continue to be the elite fantasy option he’s been. Start him in all leagues, whenever he’s healthy, regardless of matchup.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Miami Dolphins

George Kittle came back from injury with a bang last week, catching all 15 balls thrown his way for 183 yards and a touchdown, reminding us all why he’s one of the elite players at his position. Kittle is the best option in the San Francisco passing game, and the offense should continue to go through him.

The Dolphins rank 10th in aFPA to opposing tight ends this year, but Kittle is such a stud and gets so many targets, he’s virtually matchup proof. Fantasy owners should never think about sitting a healthy Kittle, and we have him ranked within our top three this week.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

George Kittle has missed the past two games but is practicing and is supposed to start this week. He’s elite when he’s on the field and the 49ers sure need him with most of their top receiving options either out or questionable heading into this week.

Assuming he’s active, Kittle is a must-start, regardless of matchup. But it helps that he’s facing the Eagles, who rank 25th in aFPA to opposing tight ends so far this season. They held the Bengals’ backup tight ends in check last week, but gave up three touchdowns to Tyler Higbee in Week 2. Start Kittle as long as he’s active.

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