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Tight End, San Francisco 49ers

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Draft: 2017 Round 5 (2)
College: Iowa
Ht: 6’4”  Wt: 247 DOB: 1993-10-09 Age: 24
TE Rank Tier ADP-12
#13 4 11.01

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 SF 15 63 43 515 12.0 2 63.5 4.2
2018 (Projected) SF     44 513 11.7 5 81.3  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
One player to keep an eye on who's moving up draft boards this offseason is 49ers tight end George Kittle. The 24-year-old, who's heading into his second season, seemed to form a nice connection with Jimmy Garoppolo down the stretch this past season and should find himself on the field more often than he did as a rookie.

Kittle is another one of San Francisco's extraordinary athletes at a skill position, and he actually might be the most impressive of the bunch. At 6'4" and 247 lbs, Kittle ran a 4.52 forty-yard dash and posted ridiculous numbers in just about every workout drill that he participated in. Not only that, but like Rob Gronkowski, Kittle is known as a fierce blocker in the running game which allows him to be on the field more often to catch passes when the team goes with play action.

What's frustrating, though, is that Kittle had to battle veteran Garrett Celek for playing time as a rookie. While Kittle is clearly the better pass catcher and arguably the better run blocker as well, he has to battle against coaches who prefer the veteran leadership that players like Celek bring to the table. Celek played 51 percent of the 49ers snaps in 2017 to Kittle's 53.7 percent. While we expect that Kittle will see more snaps, more targets and thus more overall production this season, Celek isn't just going to go away.

Fantasy owners who are looking for a late-round flier on a tight end could certainly do worse than Kittle, who could very well lead the team in red zone targets this season. Those who are predicting a huge year from Jimmy Garoppolo have to ask themselves where all of those passing touchdowns are going to come from. Garcon, Goodwin, Pettis and Taylor are all average to below-average-sized wide receivers, so it makes sense to look to a player like Kittle, who has reportedly added bulk this offseason, in the red zone. Kittle caught nine passes in the red zone as a rookie, which was one of the highest totals of any tight end in the league, but suffered some misfortune as he only scored two touchdowns on the year.

It's certainly possible that Kittle doesn't improve substantially on his rookie numbers, but given his late-round draft price and his ceiling to finish as a mid-level TE1, Kittle could very well represent one of the best value at the position this season.
Fan. Tm. Player
TE1TE1 George Kittle
TE2TE2 Garrett Celek
TE3TE3 Cole Hikutini
TE4TE4 Cole Wick
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury No structural damage on Kittle's shoulder
Expected to miss some time
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 10, 1:03 pm

San Francisco
Good news for the #49ers on TE George Kittle: No tears or structural damage on his separated shoulder after tests. Not serious. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Kyle Shanahan has already stated that the tight end will miss "some time". Reading the tea leaves, it's unlikely that Kittle will play the rest of the pre-season but could be available Week 1. His current ADP is TE11, going in the 10th or 11th round of most fantasy drafts. Cole Hikutini will get some extra run in camp while Kittle is out.

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 CAR L 3-23 6 5 27 5.4 0 2.7
2 at SEA L 9-12 2 2 13 6.5 0 1.3
3 LAR L 39-41 3 1 8 8.0 0 0.8
4 at ARI L 15-18 3 2 35 17.5 0 3.5
5 at IND L 23-26 9 7 83 11.9 1 14.3
6 at WAS L 24-26 8 4 46 11.5 0 4.6
7 DAL L 10-40 2 1 16 16.0 0 1.6
8 at PHI L 10-33 4 2 22 11.0 0 2.2
9 ARI L 10-20 5 3 27 9.0 0 2.7
12 SEA L 13-24 2 1 14 14.0 0 1.4
13 at CHI W 15-14 3 2 20 10.0 0 2.0
14 at HOU W 26-16 2 2 10 5.0 0 1.0
15 TEN W 25-23 5 4 52 13.0 0 5.2
16 JAC W 44-33 3 3 42 14.0 1 10.2
17 at LAR W 34-13 6 4 100 25.0 0 10.0

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