• George Kittle

  • TE
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 28
  • 247 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers

George Kittle has had a quiet start to the season with just eight catches and 95 yards through two weeks, including four for 17 yards last week against the Eagles. At least the targets are there, however, and Kittle should rebound sooner rather than later. He’s one of the most talented tight ends in the game, and you have to think he’ll get back to his previous production levels before long.

This week might be the one. The Packers have given up three touchdowns to the tight end position through two weeks and have injuries to their pass rushers. Expect Kittle to get back on track and to continue to rack up targets. He’s still a must-start, despite the slow beginning to his season, in all formats.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Philadelphia Eagles

George Kittle had a solid four catches on five targets for 78 yards in Week 1 against the Lions. The 49ers got up early on and only threw the ball 25 times, but Kittle still ate enough to provide top-eight fantasy points at the tight end position.

The Eagles were the 26th-ranked defense in aFPA to opposing tight ends last year, but then crushed the Falcons in Week 1. Regardless, Kittle is an every-week starter at tight end, so keep him active. The Eagles are probably worse than they looked against the inept Falcons, and look for Kittle to put up his usual TE1 numbers.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Detroit Lions

George Kittle was another victim to the 49ers’ historically unlucky season, missing eight games with injury. However, when he’s active, he produces. He had 634 yards on 48 receptions in half a season’s work, showing the elite fantasy option he is.

To open the season, Kittle faces a Lions defense that ranked 15th last season in aFPA to opposing tight ends. Even if it was a terrible matchup, however, Kittle should be active in all leagues any time he’s healthy. He should be heavily targeted and once again finish in the top-three among tight ends. Start him.

by Bob Harris

SF TE George Kittle - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside Although George Kittle ranks third in our fantasy rankings, he's number two on Pro Football Focus staffer Ben Linsey's analytics-based rankings. The only thing keeping Kittle from the top spot in Linsey's rankings was an injury-limited 2020 season. "Kittle still imposed his will as both a receiver and blocker when on the field in 2020. The issue was that he was only on the field for eight games, missing significant time with a broken bone in his foot. Since 2018, Kittle is the highest-graded tight end in the NFL (93.4) on the back of the highest receiving grade at the position (93.7) and third-highest run-blocking grade (78.0). Unlike Chiefs' TE Travis Kelce, the majority of his damage comes inline, where Kyle Shanahan does as good of a job as any coach in the NFL at creating mismatches in coverage. Kittle's 1,811 receiving yards when lined up inline since 2018 are over 500 more than any other tight end." Beyond that, in the eight games he was active, Kittle averaged 7.9 targets, 79.3 yards and 15.6 fantasy points. Projected over a full season, Kittle would have finished with 96 catches, 1,284 yards and 250 fantasy points.

Fantasy Downside In most cases, drafting fantasy players coming off an injury-riddled season is cause for concern. And as noted above, Kittle missed eight games with knee and foot injuries in 2020.

2021 Bottom Line While he doesn't historically score as many touchdowns as Kelce, Kittle's penchant for the big play (higher career yards per catch than Kelce) and YAC yardage boost his fantasy value to among the best tight ends in football. Kittle could challenge for the TE top spot with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo (or dynamic Trey Lance) behind center.

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.

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