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Basic StatsGeorge Kittle's Basic Stats

George Kittle
ADP: 4.3
Bye: 9
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 28.7
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 250
40 Time: 4.52
Speed Score: 117.70
SPARQx (Rank): 124.10 (91%)
Burst Score (Rank): 127.30 (91%)
Agility Score (Rank): 10.83 (99%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.36 (96%)

George Kittle's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#6 Tight End

118.4 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
4.3 67.1 885.8 5.1 1.3 0.4

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsGeorge Kittle's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Kittle caught 71 of 94 targets for 910 yards and 6 TDs in 14 games last season.
  • He missed Weeks 5, 7 and 8 with a calf injury.
  • Kittle missed 11 games over his first 4 seasons with ankle, knee and foot injuries.
  • He finished 3rd among TEs in PPR points per game and 4th in non-PPR points per game last season.
  • But he was a volatile weekly producer.
    • Kittle finished as a top-5 PPR TE in 5 weeks.
    • He ranked 20th or worse 6 times.
  • But his 14.3 PPR points per game and 9.2 non-PPR points per game were his lowest marks since his 2017 rookie season.
  • Kittle’s target share in healthy games has shrunk the past 3 seasons from 27.0% to 23.2% to 21.4% last year.
  • He remained super efficient last season, ranking 2nd in yards per target and 1st in yards per route run among 35 TEs with 40+ targets.
  • Kittle also led those 35 TEs in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grades.
  • WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk return for 2022. Those 2 combined for 39.9% of San Francisco’s targets.
  • The 49ers have ranked 20th or lower in pass attempts in 3 of the last 4 seasons, including a 29th-place finish last year. They ranked 30th in situation-neutral pass rate last year.
  • The ‘Niners figure to remain run-heavy in 2022 with QB Trey Lance expected to take over.
    • Lance threw 29 and 23 times in his 2 starts last year. The 49ers called pass on just 45.8% of their offensive plays across those 2 games.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Kittle remained 1 of the best TEs in football last season. He finished 3rd at his position in PPR points per game and 4th in non-PPR points per game.

But he was erratic from week to week, missed another 3 games and saw his target share dip to a 3-year low.

Volume is our concern with Kittle heading into 2022. This figures to be a run-heavy 49ers offense, and WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk return to battle Kittle for targets.

He’ll still provide spike weeks, but don’t expect Kittle to be as consistent as other elite TEs like Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Kyle Pitts and Darren Waller.

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George Kittle, TE SF

10:04pm EDT 5/27/22

Kittle sidelined with "lower-half" issue

49ers TE George Kittle -- along with LB Fred Warner -- is sitting out OTAs with what HC Kyle Shanahan called a "lower-half" issue. "Both have similar issues, so we’re being smart with them," Shanahan said. "Could go. Being smart. Good chance we’ll hold them out until training camp. ... They’ll be alright." It doesn't sound like this is something that'll impact Kittle's 2022 season, but we'll keep an eye on him when the 49ers open training camp.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has a torn UCL along with a fracture in his right thumb. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls the latter injury a "chipped bone" and adds that Garoppolo is "going to try to gut it out, somehow" vs. the Texans on Sunday. We'll see how this week goes, but for now, we're expecting QB Trey Lance to get the Week 17 start. Lance's rushing ability gives him fantasy upside -- but he'd be a downgrade for Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle.

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49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is not listed on the final injury report. He got Wednesday off but put in a limited practice on Thursday and a full practice on Friday. Keep Kittle glued into fantasy lineups for this weekend’s game vs. the Falcons.

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49ers TE George Kittle (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It's confirmation that he's on track to play vs. the Falcons this weekend, despite sitting out on Wednesday with what HC Kyle Shanahan called "knee soreness." We'll update Kittle's status again on Friday afternoon.

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49ers TE George Kittle was held out of Wednesday's practice with what HC Kyle Shanahan called "knee soreness." Shanahan didn't sound concerned, according to insider Kate Rooney, adding that he's looking to get Kittle a little extra rest with a Thursday night game coming in Week 16. Fantasy owners can keep Kittle penciled into starting lineups for now. We'll keep an eye on him over the next few days.

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George Kittle, TE SF
Dynasty MVP 99.7
Position Rank #5 TE
3yr Projection
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351
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676
Dynasty Write-up
Kittle rebounded from an 8-game 2020 to play 14 games in 2021. Injuries remain a bit worrisome here. So too is target volume, especially with the emergence of Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. Kittle’s signed through the 2025 season.
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