• George Kittle

  • TE
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 29
  • 250 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Carolina Panthers

George Kittle has been back active for two games now, but has only managed six total catches for 52 yards since his return. He should still be a primary part of the offense, but fantasy managers have to be concerned with his lack of elite production, even dating back to the tail end of last season.

This week, Kittle faces a Panthers defense that ranks 12th in aFPA to opposing tight ends this season. It’s not a great matchup and trouble on the offensive line has made Kittle more valuable as a blocker to the 49ers since his return from injury. We still have him inside our top 10 this week, but temper expectations.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Los Angeles Rams

George Kittle made his season debut against the Broncos on Sunday night and caught four of the five balls thrown his way for 28 yards. Not a great start for the perennial pro bowler, but at least the targets were there on a very forgettable evening for the 49ers offense in general.

This week, Kittle faces a Rams defense that allowed six catches to Zach Ertz last week and two touchdowns to Kittle last year in the three games he faced them, including the playoffs. While Kittle is healthy, he’s one of the best in the league, so he’s a must-start. Consider him a top-five fantasy option at the tight end position.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Denver Broncos

George Kittle is looking like he might make his season debut after missing the first two games with injury. He practiced this week and should benefit from Jimmy Garoppolo back at quarterback.

Kittle is one of the best in the game, so he should be active if he stays off the injury report. Be ready with a backup plan in case he’s a late scratch, but start him as a top-five tight end as long as he’s good to go.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Chicago Bears

George Kittle missed three games and was hampered by injuries throughout last season, but he still managed 71 receptions for 910 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. He finished the season as the TE4.

Kittle faces a tough matchup to kick off the season against the Bears. Chicago ranked sixth in aFPA to opposing tight ends last season. Additionally, he’s questionable with a groin injury sustained early in the week. If Kittle is active, he’s gotta be in your lineup, but be on alert for the inactives list on Sunday.

Update: Kittle is not expected to play, so be sure to get him out of your lineup.

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.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Houston Texans

George Kittle was disappointing against the Titans last week with just two catches and 21 yards. Kittle was on a three-week tear prior to last Thursday night, and fantasy managers should resist the urge to panic, despite the down game.

This week, Kittle faces a Texans defense that ranks 20th in aFPA to opposing tight ends. While the potential of Trey Lance starting is concerning for Kittle, his talent should ultimately win out and make him worth starting, particularly at such a terrible fantasy position in general. Start Kittle, but temper expectations.

by Brandon Niles

SF TE George Kittle - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Tennessee Titans

George Kittle’s six catches and 93 yards last week against the Falcons felt like a “down” game compared to his previous two outings, but he led the team in receptions and receiving yards and continues to be one of the best in the game at his position.

This week, Kittle faces a Titans defense that ranks 19th in aFPA to opposing tight ends. Expect a steady dose of targets headed his way once again, with a decent shot at finding the end zone. He’s a must-start in all league formats, and we have him ranked as an elite option once again.

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