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Basic StatsGeorge Kittle's Basic Stats

George Kittle
ADP: 6.3
Bye: 9
Experience: 7
Age: 30.8
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 250
40 Time: 4.52
Speed Score: 117.70

SPARQx (Rank): 124.10 (91%)
Burst Score (Rank): 127.30 (90%)
Agility Score (Rank): 10.83 (99%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.35 (95%)

Injury PredictorGeorge Kittle's Injury Guide

Very High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2024

80.6%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

9.2%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024

2.00

Durability

5.00

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Guide, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Aug 1, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Kittle missed about a week of training camp with a hamstring injury. He was ready for Week 1.
Nov 5, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Kittle missed 1 game with a sprained ankle.
Oct 15, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Kittle injured his right foot against Purdue on October 15. He was limited the rest of the season and missed 2 games.
Aug 9, 2018 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Kittle separated his right shoulder in the preseason opener. There was no structural damage.
Oct 31, 2019 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Kittle suffered an injury to his knee in Week 9 game vs. the Cardinals. He missed two games
Aug 27, 2020 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Kittle dealt with a tight hamstring during the training camp
Sep 13, 2020 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Kittle was diagnosed with a sprained left knee in the wake of Week 1's loss to the Cardinals. He missed two games
Nov 1, 2020 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Kittle suffered a small fracture in his foot during Week 8's loss to the Seahawks. He was placed on IR
Sep 26, 2021 NFL Leg Calf Strain Kittle emerged from the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Packers with a calf injury. He played through it in the next game before being placed on IR.
Dec 15, 2021 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Kittle dealt with a knee soreness ahead of the Week 15 game against Atlanta.
Sep 5, 2022 NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Kittle missed the first 2 games.
Aug 9, 2023 NFL Inguinal Groin Pull Grade 1 Kittle is expected to miss about one week of practice
Nov 12, 2023 NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia Kittle played through the injury and then underwent offseason surgery.

Basic StatsGeorge Kittle's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Kittle turns 31 in October but has shown no signs of decline. He led all TEs in yards per route and Pro Football Focus receiving grade last year, finishing seventh at the position in PPR points per game.

He returns to a very similar situation this season with HC Kyle Shanahan and QB Brock Purdy.

Kittle will never be the most consistent week-to-week producer, which makes him more valuable in best-ball leagues. But he’s a good bet for another top-eight fantasy finish this season.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Kittle ranked sixth among TEs in total PPR points and seventh in PPR points per game last year.
  • He played each of San Francisco’s first 16 games, only sitting out a meaningless regular-season finale.
  • Kittle was a volatile weekly producer.
    • He finished as a top-5 PPR TE in seven weeks. Only Sam LaPorta had more top-5 weeks.
    • But Kittle ranked outside the top 20 seven times.
    • He finished TE8 in his other two games.
  • Kittle’s ranks among TEs:
    • 9th in targets
    • 10th in catches
    • 1st in yards
    • Tied for 2nd in TDs
  • Kittle averaged a career-high 15.7 yards per catch. That led all 45 qualifying TEs – a full two yards ahead of the No. 2 TE (Isaiah Likely).
  • Kittle’s 9.9-yard average target depth ranked second among those 45 TEs.
  • He tied for fourth with 7.3 yards after the catch per reception.
  • Kittle led all 45 qualifying TEs with 2.22 yards per route run.
  • He also led that group in Pro Football Focus receiving grade.

What to Expect in 2024

  • Kittle revealed after the season that he suffered a core-muscle injury in Week 9 or 10. He underwent surgery but expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
  • Durability is the biggest concern here.
    • Kittle missed 15 games over the four seasons prior to last year with two knee injuries, a foot fracture, a calf injury, and a groin injury.
    • Our Injury Predictor gives him an 80.6% chance of injury and 2.0 projected games missed this season.
  • Kittle will turn 31 in October. Our aging-curve data says to expect 80-85% of peak production from a 31-year-old TE – down just slightly from age-30.
  • Kittle has shown no signs of decline. On top of leading his position in yards per route and PFF receiving grade last year, Kittle also averaged a career-best 11.3 yards per target.
  • Kittle returns to a very similar situation this year.
    • Kyle Shanahan is back for his eighth season as 49ers HC.
    • QB Brock Purdy returns for year 3 and his second as full-time starter.
    • WR Deebo Samuel, WR Brandon Aiyuk, and RB Christian McCaffrey also return.
    • The biggest change to San Francisco’s offense is the addition of first-round rookie WR Ricky Pearsall. Don’t expect him to significantly impact Kittle’s volume or production.
  • Like the rest of San Francisco’s passing game, Kittle is likely in for some regression this season. Purdy averaged an absurd 9.6 yards per pass attempt with a 7.0% TD rate last year.
  • But Kittle remains a strong bet for high-end fantasy production. His ranks in PPR points per game the last six seasons:
    • 2018 - 3rd
    • 2019 - 2nd
    • 2020 - 3rd
    • 2021 - 3rd
    • 2022 - 2nd
    • 2023 - 7th

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George Kittle, TE SF

8:51am EST 2/8/24

George Kittle limited Wednesday with toe injury

49ers TE George Kittle (toe) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He's fully expected to play in the Super Bowl this weekend, but we'll keep you updated on his status over the next few days.

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49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Monday that TE George Kittle is "day-to-day" with a toe injury suffered in the NFC Championship. It doesn't sound like he's in danger of missing the Super Bowl in two weeks, but we'll keep you updated on his status. Kittle gets a Chiefs defense that finished the regular season 14th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to TEs.

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49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is expected to play vs. the Steelers today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Kittle was limited in practice all week and comes with a bit more risk than usual today. But he belongs in fantasy lineups, especially considering all the other injury issues at TE.

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49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Steelers. He was limited in practice all week. We’ll look for further updates on Kittle’s status. It’s a 1 pm ET kickoff, so we’ll get San Francisco’s inactives around 11:30 am on Sunday.

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49ers TE George Kittle (groin) remained limited in Thursday's practice. We're tentatively expecting him to play in this weekend's opener vs. the Steelers, but we'll see how Kittle is listed on the final injury report tomorrow.

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