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Kittle's 12.7 PPR points per game last year was good enough to finish as the sixth-best tight end in Fantasy, but it was still a six-year low for the veteran tight end. Hand in hand with that is a declining target share that hit 5.6 per game last season (5.1 in games Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk were involved in). Most TEs with that low volume need a lot of touchdowns to compensate for it; Kittle recorded six scores in 2023, tied for the second-most in a season of his career. The 31-year-old is still fun to watch and playing in a fantastic offense, but it seems like a return to a heavy-volume role is unlikely. Think of him as a start-worthy Fantasy option worth grabbing as soon as 70th overall, but not as an elite-tier at tight end.

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2023 65 1020 15.69 6 2 2.00 1288
2022 60 765 12.75 11 0.00 1338.9
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Working to regain lost weight

    Kittle (core muscle) recently told the Bussin' With The Boys podcast that he lost nearly 30 pounds at the beginning of the offseason while rehabbing injuries. Kittle had core muscle surgery after the Super Bowl and was also recovering from shoulder and rib injuries at the time -- a combination that prevented him from doing both upper- and lower-body weightlifting for about a month. He said he's "almost back to 100 percent" and has regained most of the lost weight, but he still wants to add about 10 more pounds before the start of the regular season. It sounds like Kittle will be ready for the beginning of training camp in late July.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: On track for training camp

    Kittle (groin) is recovered from his core-muscle surgery, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Kittle has been a full participant on the practice field at his Tight End University offseason workouts. He founded the three-day camp with fellow tight ends Travis Kelce and the now-retired Greg Olsen. Kittle played through a groin injury last season before undergoing core-muscle surgery in the offseason. He had previously stated his intentions to be ready for training camp, and it appears the star tight end is on track to do just that. He projects to again be a top fantasy option at his position in 2024.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Remains on track for training camp

    Kittle has set a goal to be ready for training camp after undergoing core-muscle surgery earlier this offseason, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kittle said that he played through the injury for about 10 weeks last season, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic. Although he was hurting, the two-time All-Pro still recorded 65 receptions (on 90 targets) for 1,020 yards and six scores. Even if the 49ers opt to err on the side of caution with Kittle when training camp approaches, he'll remain one of the top fantasy options at tight end heading into 2024.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Recovering from core muscle surgery

    GM John Lynch said Monday that Kittle is recovering from an offseason procedure intended to address a core muscle injury, and that the tight end is on track to be fully cleared by training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kittle also recently restructured his contract, a move that freed up roughly $10 million in cap space for the 49ers, likely by converting a portion of his base salary for 2024 into a bonus. Across 16 regular-season games last year, the two-time All-Pro secured 65 of 90 targets for 1,020 yards and six scores. Recovery from core muscle surgery shouldn't impede Kittle's ability to participate in on-field reps this offseason, though even if he did sit out a portion of training camp, it wouldn't impact the veteran tight end's status as one of the top fantasy options amid a sparse positional landscape.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Restructures contract

    Kittle and the 49ers have reached agreement on a restructured contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports. This likely has no impact on Kittle's standing or future; it's probably just converting his base salary into bonus money and/or adding void years to clear up 2024 cap space. The 49ers have been tight up against the cap for a few seasons now, consistently in win-now mode with a star-studded roster that includes Kittle, Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk as playmakers on offense. An extension for Aiyuk could be on the docket this offseason, as he's scheduled to play out 2024 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Kittle, meanwhile, has two years left on his deal.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Sparsely used in OT loss

    Kittle caught two of three targets for four yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII. Kittle was dealing with a minor toe injury early in the practice week carrying over from the win over the Lions in the divisional round, but he was able to start and see the field for most of the Super Bowl. That's where the positive news ends for the star tight end, who didn't record his first reception until San Francisco needed a fourth-down conversion late in the game. Underutilization has been a theme with Kittle at times, as his role will fluctuate despite his skill level remaining elite. That said, the 30-year-old produced his first 1,000-yard campaign since 2019 as the 49ers offense hit a crescendo in 2023 under head coach Kyle Shanahan. Kittle may be frustrating to roster when his hands are tied in low-usage games like Sunday's, but he remains a top option at a shallow fantasy position heading into next season.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Set for Super Bowl

    Kittle (toe) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Super Bowl LVIII versus the Chiefs on Sunday. Kittle didn't manage any on-field work during the first week of preparation for the Super Bowl due to a toe injury that he suffered in the NFC Championship Game. The tight end followed it up with back-to-back capped sessions to kick off this week before having no restrictions Friday. Kittle thus is set to serve as one of the key playmakers in the 49ers offense for quarterback Brock Purdy on Sunday alongside running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Remains limited Thursday

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said Kittle (toe) was limited in practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. When speaking to the media Wednesday, Shanahan relayed to David Lombardi of The Athletic that he was hopeful Kittle would log a full session one day later. However, Kittle continues to have practice restrictions due to the toe injury he sustained in the NFC Championship Game against the Lions. Shanahan also noted Thursday that Kittle is "good to go" ahead of Super Bowl LVIII versus the Chiefs on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if the tight end avoids a designation when the 49ers post their final injury report of the week Friday.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Limited Wednesday

    Kittle (toe) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he's hopeful Kittle will put in a full practice Thursday, which would clear up any remaining concern about the star tight end's availability for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup with the Chiefs. Kittle missed some practice reps last week but was ultimately estimated as having no injury designation if the 49ers and Chiefs had played the game last Sunday.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Clear after first week of SB prep

    Kittle (toe) didn't practice Friday but doesn't have an injury designation after the first week of prep for Super Bowl LVIII against the Chiefs, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press reports. In the wake of this past Sunday's win against the Lions in the NFC Championship Game, coach Kyle Shanahan relayed Monday that Kittle was day-to-day due to a toe injury. After being listed as a non-participant on all three practice reports this week, Kittle told David Lombardi of The Athletic on Friday that there aren't any concerns about the issue, and the tight end's lack of designation on Friday's report implies as much. The 49ers still have one more week to get ready for this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11, but Kittle appears as if he'll be available for that contest.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Not practicing

    Kittle (toe) won't practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Kittle was listed as a non-participant on the 49ers' estimated report Wednesday and now will miss an actual practice. The tight end nonetheless seems far more likely than not to play in the Super Bowl, considering he took 97 percent of snaps on offense in Sunday's win over Detroit and still has 10 more days to get ready for a matchup with the Chiefs.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Listed as non-participant

    Kittle (toe) was estimated as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press reports. After head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Monday that Kittle was day-to-day with a toe issue in the aftermath of Sunday's win over the Lions in the NFC Championship Game, the tight end unsurprisingly wouldn't have mixed into drills had the 49ers held a session to begin Super Bowl prep. San Francisco is holding practices Thursday through Saturday before heading to Las Vegas on Sunday, so Kittle's listing on the team's next two injury reports will be monitored to see how he heads into the second week of prep for the big game. In the end, Kittle doesn't seem in danger of sitting out against the Chiefs on Feb. 11.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Tending to toe issue

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Kittle will be day-to-day this week due to a toe injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Kittle had more offensive snaps (64 of 66) than any 49ers skill-position player not named quarterback Brock Purdy during Sunday's win against the Lions in the NFC Championship Game. Having said that, Kittle wasn't utilized much as a pass catcher, as he hauled in just two of three targets for 27 yards, while Deebo Samuel (nine targets), Brandon Aiyuk (eight) and Christian McCaffrey (five) dominated Purdy's attention. Kittle now will contend with a health concern as San Francisco prepares for Super Bowl LVIII versus the Chiefs, but he'll have nearly two weeks to get healthy before that game kicks off Sunday, Feb. 11.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Quiet box score in win

    Kittle had two receptions on three targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over Detroit in the NFC Championship Game. Kittle essentially had one big catch for 28 yards after his second catch went for a loss of one yard. The star tight end falls victim to these low-usage games from time to time given the surplus of playmaking talent the 49ers boast on offense. While it didn't have an impact on his fantasy score, Kittle was able to secure the Lions' onside kick attempt in the waning moments of Sunday's win to send his team to Las Vegas to take on the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Paces pass catchers in playoff win

    Kittle secured four of seven targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 24-21 divisional-round win over the Packers on Saturday night. Kittle gave the 49ers a jump-start by erasing an early 3-0 deficit with a 32-yard touchdown reception just before the midway point of the second quarter, a grab that featured some of the talented tight end's run-after-catch prowess. Kittle continued to make valuable contributions throughout the rest the night as San Francisco navigated the absence of Deebo Samuel (shoulder) after his first-half exit. Kittle, whose yardage total Saturday was a team-high figure, projects for another prominent role in an NFC Championship Game matchup against the Buccaneers or Lions on Sunday, Jan. 28.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Logs full practice

    Kittle (back) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Kittle missed the 49ers' regular-season finale due to back spasms before San Francisco had a bye in the wild-card round, and the two weeks of recovery time were beneficial. The 30-year-old appears to be on track to take the field in Saturday's matchup with the Packers after tallying 1,020 receiving yards -- most in the league among tight ends -- and six touchdowns on 65 receptions across 16 regular-season games.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Dealing with back spasms

    Kittle won't play Sunday against the Rams due to back spasms. The 49ers ruled out Kittle right around Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, meaning he'll join quarterback Brock Purdy (coach's decision) and running back Christian McCaffrey (calf) as top skill-position players not available to the team Week 18. Kittle will turn his focus to getting healthy for San Francisco's playoff opener in the divisional round on Saturday, Jan. 20 or Sunday, Jan. 21.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Quiet against Commanders

    Kittle recorded three receptions on four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Commanders. With the exception of Brandon Aiyuk, no 49ers pass catcher stood out as the team rushed the ball 39 times as opposed to attempting only 28 passes. Kittle's longest gain of the day went for 18 yards, marking the first time since Week 12 that he failed to have a reception of at least 20 yards. Positively, he still managed to surpass 1,000 receiving yards for the campaign-- his first time reaching that mark since 2019. Kittle's regular season could be over, as the team has locked in the top seed in the NFC prior to its Week 18 matchup against the Rams.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Leading receiver in ugly loss

    Kittle finished with seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 126 yards in Monday's 33-19 loss to Baltimore. Kittle wound up leading all San Francisco receivers in receptions and yardage Monday, a feat that has occurred only a handful of times in 2023 on a roster loaded with superstars. The 30-year-old's big receiving night brought him within nine yards of cracking 1,000 for the season. Assuming Kittle can register those nine yards over the 49ers' final two games of the regular season, he will have reached the impressive milestone for the third time in his career and first since 2019. The star tight end's next opportunity will come Sunday in a road tilt against the Commanders.
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  • 49ers' George Kittle: Maximizes two receptions

    Kittle had two receptions on four targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 45-29 win over the Cardinals. Kittle's two receptions were his fewest since the 49ers were smacked in the mouth by the Browns back in Week 6. The star tight end made the most of his limited opportunities by ripping off a pair of huge gains to finish with a respectable yardage total. Kittle now sits at 865 receiving yards through 14 games, putting him on a realistic pace to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the third time in his career. His next opportunity to inch closer to that milestone will come next Monday against Baltimore.
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