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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: 28

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 SF 16 136 88 1,377 15.6 5 168.7 10.5
2019 SF 14 107 85 1,053 12.4 5 137.5 9.8
2020 SF 8 63 48 634 13.2 2 77.1 9.6
2021 SF 4 29 19 227 11.9 0 23.6 5.9
2021 (Projected) SF     89 1,099 12.3 6 145.9  

2021 Outlook
Depth Chart
It was a frustrating 2020 season for superstar tight end George Kittle who suffered multiple injuries that ended up keeping him out for a total of eight games, but what we saw from him should give fantasy owners plenty of confidence in targeting him as an elite tight end once again in 2021.

Kittle was targeted 63 times in his eight games, which equates to an average of nearly eight targets per game. Only Kansas City's Travis Kelce and Las Vegas' Darren Waller saw more targets per game than Kittle. Perhaps more importantly, Kittle contributed 634 yards, which put him ninth at the position despite the fact that he played only half the season. If we extrapolate his numbers out to a 16-game season, Kittle would've finished with 1,268 receiving yards. That would've been good enough to be seventh-most in a single season for a tight end in NFL history. Keep in mind that he did this despite spraining his knee in Week 2 and then fracturing his foot in Week 8.

It would've been completely reasonable for him to never get back on the field given the foot injury and the overall team situation, but Kittle proved his commitment when he re-joined the then five-win 49ers in Week 16, helping lead them to a road win over the division rival Cardinals. Kittle would produce 11 catches for 160 total yards in his final two games of the season. There's absolutely no denying his grit and will to play, which is something that cannot be overlooked despite the fact that he is coming off of a season in which he suffered multiple lower-body injuries.

Kittle himself set the all-time record for single season receiving yards back in 2018 when he went off for 1,377 yards, but his record was actually broken this past season by Kelce. It'll be tough for him to compete for that record now that San Francisco has two other proven viable pass catching weapons in Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, but Kittle is still absolutely an elite tight end. He's one of only three TEs who has the realistic potential to finish as the top performer at the position this season. He's going off draft boards nearly a round and a half later than Kelce who is admittedly a safer option, but the cost difference is also substantial despite both players being premium options at the position.

If there's one thing that is a bit concerning for Kittle, it could be that the 49ers might eventually turn to rookie Trey Lance at quarterback, which would almost certainly mean an even more run-heavy offense than the one they already utilize. Then again, while the, "young quarterbacks throw to their tight ends" narrative has been largely disproven over time, Kittle is also an extreme exception to just about every rule for tight ends, so there's a pretty good chance that he's still going to perform as an elite pass catcher no matter who's behind center in San Francisco.

Fan. Tm. Player
TE1TE2 Ross Dwelley
TE2TE3 Charlie Woerner
TE3TE1 George Kittle
49ers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Trey Lance to start, George Kittle Doubtful
Jimmy Garoppolo ruled Out
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 8, 4:22 pm

San Francisco
#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan makes it official: Rookie QB Trey Lance will start Sunday at the Arizona Cardinals with Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) ruled out. George Kittle is doubtful. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Garoppolo will Week 5 with his calf injury while Kittle is out with a calf injury of his own. Nate Sudfeld will be Lance's backup. With Kittle out, the 49ers are going to lacking in the receiving department but are expected to have running back Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) back on the field. Lance's rushing ability makes him QB2 viable but he'll need some help from his supporting cast to hit a QB1 ceiling.

Injury Kittle expected to play, Elijah Mitchell expected to sit
Missed practice Wednesday and Thursday
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 3, 7:15 am

San Francisco
49ers’ TE George Kittle, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a calf injury, will play vs. the Seahawks, per source. 49ers’ RB Elijah Mitchell, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a shoulder injury, will be out Sunday vs. the Seahawks, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Kittle was limited in practice Friday but should be good to go this afternoon against Seattle. He's yet to find the endzone in 2021 but did have 9 targets last week (7-92) against the Packers. With Mitchell being out, Trey Sermon should see the bulk of running back touches but it's difficult to project him as anything more than a low-end RB2 given his low usage last week in the same role.

Injury George Kittle misses second straight practice
TE expected to play in Week 4 despite calf injury
By: Doug Orth | Fri Oct 1, 12:40 am

San Francisco
Even though George Kittle (calf) sat out of practice for a second straight day on Thursday, the expectation is that the All-Pro tight end will play Sunday. The fact that Kittle is slated to speak to the media on Friday is reason to be hopeful. NFL teams do not usually make players who are on the injury report available for interviews, thus his availability is a good sign. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

FFToday's Take: Kittle and injuries go hand-in-hand, although much of that can be talked up to how physical he is after the catch. For now, it appears as if fantasy managers can leave him in lineups. To this point of the season, Kittle has been good but not great in fantasy. Much of the blame for that goes to an offense that has become a bit too conservative and is almost entirely reliant on the run-after-catch ability of its pass-catchers.

T.J. Hockenson on track for 1,000 yard season?
Reports say TE is "building great chemistry" with Lions QB Jared Goff
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Sep 7, 10:32 am

Detroit Lions
ESPN's Eric Woodyard writes in his "bold predictions" preview that 2020 Pro-Bowler T.J. Hockenson put in lots of work this offseason alongside former Iowa teammate George Kittle and "is already building great chemistry" with QB Jared Goff. Last season, Hockenson finished with 67 catches for 723 yards. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: A 1,000 yard season might be a stretch, but the expectations for Hockenson, who's dealt with nagging injuries his first few seasons in the league, are pretty high heading into 2021. We have him as our No. 6 overall TE projected for 72-787-5 this year, but it's true that he's a very talented player on a team without too many great skill positions players.

2021 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DET W 41-33 5 4 78 19.5 0 7.8
2 at PHI W 17-11 4 4 17 4.3 0 1.7
3 GB L 28-30 9 7 92 13.1 0 10.1
4 SEA L 21-28 11 4 40 10.0 0 4.0

2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 ARI L 20-24 5 4 44 11.0 0 5.3
4 PHI L 20-25 15 15 183 12.2 1 25.1
5 MIA L 17-43 8 4 44 11.0 0 4.4
6 LAR W 24-16 10 7 109 15.6 1 16.9
7 at NE W 33-6 7 5 55 11.0 0 5.5
8 at SEA L 27-37 4 2 39 19.5 0 3.9
16 at ARI W 20-12 5 4 92 23.0 0 9.2
17 SEA L 23-26 9 7 68 9.7 0 6.8

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at TB W 31-17 10 8 54 6.8 0 5.4
2 at CIN W 41-17 3 3 54 18.0 0 5.4
3 PIT W 24-20 8 6 57 9.5 0 5.7
5 CLE W 31-3 8 6 70 11.7 1 14.8
6 at LAR W 20-7 8 8 103 12.9 0 10.3
7 at WAS W 9-0 5 3 38 12.7 0 3.8
8 CAR W 51-13 7 6 86 14.3 0 8.6
9 at ARI W 28-25 8 6 79 13.2 1 13.9
12 GB W 37-8 6 6 129 21.5 1 18.9
13 at BAL L 17-20 4 2 17 8.5 0 1.4
14 at NO W 48-46 8 6 67 11.2 1 12.7
15 ATL L 22-29 17 13 134 10.3 0 13.4
16 LAR W 34-31 8 5 79 15.8 1 13.9
17 at SEA W 26-21 7 7 86 12.3 0 9.3
DP MIN W 27-10 5 3 16 5.3 0 1.6
CC GB W 37-20 1 1 19 19.0 0 1.9
SB at KC L 20-31 7 4 36 9.0 0 3.6
DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship SB = Super Bowl

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