FF Draft Guide 2022: George Kittle, TE

49ers TE George Kittle has been one of the highest scoring options at the position since 2018 when he exploded onto the scene. It was just his second year in the league, but he played like a veteran as he racked up 1,377 receiving yards, breaking Travis Kelce’s single-season receiving yards record for a tight end, less than an hour after Kelce set it.

He enjoyed another solid year in 2019, when he eclipsed 1,000 yards for second time, but 2020 saw Kittle battle a series of lower body injuries that limited him to just eight games. He bounced back last season, though, playing in 14 games and racking up 910 yards to go with six receiving touchdowns, the most in his career thus far.

From a fantasy perspective, he was at or near the top of several categories, including:

  • Snap Share – 92.4% (#1)
  • Target Share – 24.9% (#2)
  • Yards After Catch – 441 (#2)
  • Yards Per Target – 9.6 (#2)
  • Target Rate – 27.5% (#3)
  • Yards Per Route Run – 2.63 (#3)
  • Receiving Yards – 910 (#4)
  • Fantasy Points Per Game – 14.1 (#4)
  • Yards Per Reception – 12.8 (#6)
  • Air Yards Share – 23.2% (#6)
  • Receptions – 71 (#6)

Health & Draft Analysis – His status as San Francisco’s tight end is cemented and will guarantee he sees a healthy dose of targets in what is expected to be Trey Lance’s first season leading the team. The big question is if he will play in all 17 games.

Either way, he is an easy fourth round pick, and possibly late third round. Due to his health concerns, he isn’t as high as Kelce or Andrews, but he solidly owns the TE3 spot on our boards.



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