San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle secured four of his six targets for 68 yards in the team's blowout victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Even though he was able to reach double-digit PPR points, the former All-Pro was the San Francisco weapon left out of the fun. Deebo Samuel scored three times, Brandon Aiyuk grabbed another touchdown, Christian McCaffrey scored on the ground, and even Jauan Jennings found paydirt. Kittle will be right back in the TE1 range next week when the Niners host the Seattle Seahawks.
Dec 4, 2023 9:45 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has been an extremely volatile fantasy asset this year, offering week-winning performances in four of his outings, but scoring fewer than five 0.5 PPR points in five different games. In Week 12, he cooled off after three straight hot ones, catching just three balls on five targets for 19 yards at Seattle. Kittle will take on a struggling Eagles pass defense on Sunday in Philadelphia. Philly's defense has been torn apart by wide receivers this year but they've been vulnerable to tight ends as well, albeit to a lesser degree, allowing the eighth-most standard fantasy points per game to tight ends. With a plus matchup and a thin pool at his position in Week 13, Kittle is projected behind only Travis Kelce among must-start TE1s.
Dec 2, 2023 5:14 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle had a modest day in the team's 31-13 win over the Seahawks in Seattle on Thanksgiving night. He posted 19 yards on three catches of five targets. The ultimate boom/bust player at the ultimate boom/bust position now has scored fewer than five fantasy points on five occasions this season but has exceeded 18 points four times, both in half-PPR scoring. Kittle managers know by now that the occasional dud -- thanks to the 49ers' plethora of weapons -- is the price to pay for his upside. On a few extra days' rest, the gregarious 30-year-old will no doubt be energized for a blockbuster matchup next Sunday in Philadelphia versus a struggling Eagles pass defense.
Nov 24, 2023 3:43 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will take on the Seattle Seahawks in a Thanksgiving night matchup in the Pacific Northwest. Kittle, 30, is no stranger to the Seahawks as Thursday will be his 12th career matchup against the team. He's been hot versus Seattle, scoring four touchdowns in the past two regular-season games although he only had two receptions in their playoff matchup last year. Kittle has been on fire recently as well, posting fantasy half-PPR totals of 19.4, 19.1, and 18.9 in the past three games. His streakiness shouldn't be forgotten though, as he had fewer than five half-PPR points in four of the first six games of 2023 and Seattle has allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. All told, fantasy managers should start Kittle as a boom/bust TE1 this week.
Nov 23, 2023 1:34 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was quarterback Brock Purdy's favorite target in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kittle hauled in eight of a team-high nine targets for 89 yards and a red-zone touchdown. Kittle has now doubled fantasy projections for three consecutive weeks, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 6.6 receptions for 118 yards in that span. While we've seen Kittle disappear occasionally this year, the recent good has outweighed the early bad. As long as San Francisco has all of its weapons healthy Kittle will always be at risk of getting left out, but days like this will continue to keep him firmly in the top 10. Kittle will look to gobble up a touchdown or two when the 49ers travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Thanksgiving night.
Nov 20, 2023 2:52 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle comes into a home matchup on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers having just torched the Jacksonville Jaguars for 116 yards and a touchdown on three catches and four targets and the Cincinnati Bengals before that for 149 yards on nine catches. Tampa Bay's pass defense has been suspect, giving up the second-most yards per game through the air, but they're in the better half of the league in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. While Kittle has been hot, fantasy managers should remember how streaky he can be and plan accordingly. Those carrying two quality tight ends might consider an alternative as a floor play but for the vast majority, Kittle's home run ability should keep him in lineups as a mid-tier TE1.
Nov 18, 2023 3:10 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle produced a second consecutive 20+ point PPR performance in Sunday's 34-3 blowout of the Jaguars in Duval County. Kittle totaled three receptions on four targets for 116 yards, including a 66-yard catch and run where he beat linebacker Devin Lloyd one-on-one down the sideline on a go route and left him in the dust for a touchdown. Overall, Kittle has had an up-and-down year, only finishing for more than 30 yards receiving once through his first four games before exploding for his first three touchdowns against Dallas, then disappearing against Cleveland. He has now hit or exceeded projections in three straight games and today's touchdown was his first since the Dallas scores. Kittle will look to keep it rolling as a TE1 in Week 11 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town.
Nov 12, 2023 10:46 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle goes to Jacksonville this week to face the Jaguars on Sunday. Kittle, 30, is coming off a fruitful Week 8 performance in which he posted 149 yards receiving on nine receptions and 11 targets, all team-highs. Jacksonville's defense, which plays zone coverage on nearly 70% of snaps, was described by head coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday as "bend-but-don't-break". While running routes against that kind of defense could cap Kittle's upside, it should be a good thing for his floor if he's able to find soft spots consistently, especially in PPR leagues. Also worth noting is that Jacksonville allows 8.4 fantasy points per game to tight ends, which is the seventh-most in the league. Kittle continues his consistent run as a mid-tier TE1 this week, with perhaps a little less volatility than usual.
Nov 11, 2023 2:53 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle had one of his best games of 2023 in a 31-17 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. He pulled in nine of 11 targets for 149 yards receiving, all season-highs for Kittle. He was already having a good day, but his final yardage total nearly doubled during the 49ers' penultimate possession with Cincinnati playing soft defense while protecting a large lead. In the drive, Kittle caught three consecutive passes for 79 of his yards. Kittle has been frustrating at times this year but fantasy managers have to appreciate his performance today, which led all 49ers in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. Kittle managers should be thinking about a replacement during the 49ers' Week 9 bye. He'll return to his usual mid-tier TE1 status in Week 10 when the 49ers face the Jaguars on the road, who have allowed the fourth-most tight end fantasy points per game.
Oct 29, 2023 10:57 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is set for a productive day in his Week 8 matchup at home versus the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Last week, in a tough loss to Minnesota, Kittle led all 49ers in receiving yards with 78 on five receptions while adding one carry for two yards. Cincinnati's defense comes into the game allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends in standard scoring. Kittle has been the definition of boom or bust in 2023 as all of his three touchdowns have come in one game. At any other position, Kittle would be too risky to depend on, but tight end is so top-heavy that he remains a must-start TE1.
Oct 28, 2023 4:49 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle continued his roller-coaster pattern of fantasy production in Monday night's 22-17 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. He turned his seven targets into five catches for a team-leading 78 yards receiving and added two yards on one carry. It was a welcome sight for fantasy managers who stuck with Kittle after a dismal one-target, one-catch, one-yard performance against the Browns in Week 6. Kittle's only three touchdowns this year came in one game against Dallas and he has some work to do if he wants to match his 11 touchdowns from a season ago, which was second only to Kansas City's future Hall of Famer Travis Kelce. However, at this point last year Kittle only had one touchdown and then exploded for seven scores in his final four games. The ultimate boom/bust player at the ultimate boom/bust position will remain a TE1 when the 49ers host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8.
Oct 24, 2023 2:58 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will try to put Week 6 behind him when the team goes to Minnesota to play the Vikings on Monday night. In last week's tough matchup versus Cleveland, Kittle mustered only one catch for one yard on two targets. But Kittle has been up and down all season and should be very motivated after not contributing to his team's passing attack in a game they lost. Minnesota is middle-of-the-pack in fantasy points allowed to tight ends at 6.2 per game and has a poor pass defense overall. Another boon to Kittle managers was wide receiver Deebo Samuel being ruled out with a shoulder injury, which gives Kittle a chance at more targets. Kittle should be started in all leagues in Week 7 as a mid-level TE1.
Oct 22, 2023 3:26 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle came back to earth in a big way during the team's 19-17 loss to the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday. Kittle, who fired up fantasy managers in Week 5 against Dallas with his first three touchdowns of the year, caught one of two targets for one yard receiving in this one. Although Kittle has disappointed statistically numerous times in 2023, this one stings more since it looked like Kittle had some momentum from the Cowboys game, and San Francisco clearly needed him this week for the first time. In addition, the 49ers were without Deebo Samuel and Christian McCaffrey for a large portion of the game, which theoretically should have stoked some involvement of Kittle. At any other position, Kittle's flops this year would send him tumbling in the rankings, but tight end is so top-heavy that he'll remain a TE1 when the 49ers go to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in Week 7.
Oct 16, 2023 1:37 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will try to keep the good times rolling when the team heads to Cleveland to face the Browns on Sunday. Kittle played a large role in the 42-10 evisceration of the Dallas Cowboys last week, scoring his first three touchdowns of the season. While fantasy managers were ecstatic to finally see Kittle break out it's worth noting that he was still only targeted four times. There are a lot of mouths to feed in this offense so he'll probably remain a volatile asset in fantasy, though most tight ends are. Cleveland's defense has been great overall, ranking first against the pass and fourth against the run, but has shown some vulnerability against tight ends, ranking 13th in fantasy points allowed to tight ends in standard scoring. Kittle checks in this week as a mid-level TE1.
Oct 13, 2023 2:29 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle finally had the game fantasy managers have been waiting for in Sunday night's 42-10 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys. The 29-year-old caught three of four targets for 67 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard sideline scamper on a nifty reverse-into-flea-flicker gadget play. He came into the game Sunday with a zero in the touchdown column causing substantial fantasy hand-wringing, especially coming off a 2022 season in which he caught 11 TDs, second only to Travis Kelce among tight ends. Coming up, Kittle will look to keep it rolling in Cleveland for a Week 6 matchup against a very competent Browns pass defense.
Oct 9, 2023 2:51 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will be looking to rebound when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. He is coming off a disappointing performance in Week 4 against Arizona when he only mustered one catch on one target for nine yards. Kittle, who has yet to score a touchdown in 2023, faces a Dallas defense that ranks 19th in the league in yards allowed to tight ends. While Kittle has mostly disappointed thus far, most fantasy managers have little choice but to keep starting him for lack of better options. Plug him in as a mid-level TE1.
Oct 7, 2023 2:30 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was largely uninvolved in his team's offensive attack in a 35-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. He caught his only target for nine yards on a day in which fantasy managers were hoping he could carry momentum over from a seven-catch, 90-yard performance in Week 3. Deebo Samuel was also left in the cold on Sunday as wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and running back Christian McCaffrey combined for 79.9% of San Francisco's total offensive yardage. Kittle will look to contribute more in Week 5 when the 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys in a marquee matchup on Sunday night.
Oct 1, 2023 11:45 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will look to maintain momentum when the team hosts the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Last week with receiver Brandon Aiyuk sidelined, he caught seven of nine targets for 90 yards, good for his most productive fantasy game of the year. Against Arizona, he could be leaned on similarly if Deebo Samuel (knee, rib) can't play. Even if Samuel does play though, Kittle has a good matchup in front of him. Arizona brings to Levi's Stadium a pass defense that ranks 21st in the league in yards allowed and is fourth-worst in yards allowed to tight ends. Kittle, who is still looking for his first touchdown, shapes up as a high-end TE1 option for fantasy managers this week.
Sep 30, 2023 5:03 PM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle had his best game of the young season on Thursday night against the New York Giants. The colorful tight end out of Iowa grabbed seven of his nine targets for 90 yards, helping pick up the offensive slack with receiver Brandon Aiyuk sidelined by injury. While fantasy managers are still waiting for Kittle's first touchdown, it was good to see Kittle beat projections after duds in the first two weeks. Next up for Kittle's 49ers is a home matchup against the Arizona Cardinals where he'll remain a TE1.
Sep 22, 2023 2:30 AM EST
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has been quiet so far in 2023, averaging four half-PPR points per game through two weeks. Against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Kittle caught all three of his targets for 30 yards. On Thursday night, the 49ers will host the New York Giants in their home opener. The Giants' defense, while getting beat up on the scoreboard through two weeks, has been middle-of-the-pack against tight end production. It's worth noting that Kittle is among those who may see an increased target share if Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) is ruled out before kickoff. Either way, it's only a matter of time before Kittle makes a splash for his fantasy managers. Lock him in as a mid-range TE1 in Week 3.
Sep 21, 2023 1:01 AM EST