Welcome to our new feature where we recap a particular player’s journey in the 2022-2023 NFL Fantasy Football Season. This article features preseason expectations, draft expectations, overall season production, and critical moments. We will do this for all 32 teams by highlighting a player per team.
After a bounce-back season that saw him play 14 games and a top-four finish for PPR for tight ends, people were still high on George Kittle. He ended the 2021 season with 71 catches for 910 yards and six TDs. Kittle is one of the few sure bets in a position lacking in star power.
The 49ers’ TE ADP was around 45.3 or a 4th-round pick. His past success justifies this as one of the best receiving tight ends in the game and the creativity of the San Francisco offense.
OVERALL SEASON PRODUCTION
It was another terrific season as the 49ers’ TE was one of the best in all of football. He ended the year 3rd among tight ends in PPR. Kittle caught 60 passes for 765 yards. He did have a career-high with 11 TDs. His contributions made San Francisco one of the deadliest teams in the entire league.
CRITICAL MOMENTS DURING THE SEASON
Week 7 vs Kansas City Chiefs
After a slow start to the season, Kittle was starting to heat up. In Week 7 against the Chiefs, he said he was back. In a Superbowl rematch, Kittle balled out with six catches for 98 yards and his first TD of the season. He caught a 15-yard TD in the third quarter to keep the game close but the Chiefs pulled away after.
Week 15 vs Seattle Seahawks
In the middle of the season, Kittle was in a mini slump and was due for a great performance. After three straight performances of less than 7 FP, George Kittle scored 25.30 FP against Seattle. He caught four passes for 93 yards and a couple of TDs. This was a crucial matchup as the two play in the same division. Kittle caught a 28-yard TD pass from Brock Purdy in the first quarter and a 54-yard TD in the third quarter.
Week 16 vs Washington Commanders
Just when you think the 49ers TE was done, he put out his best performance the week after in Week 16. Kittle was unstoppable with six catches for 120 yards and two TDs as they obliterated Washington. This performance gave him 30 FP but was only TE 3 for the week. He caught both his TD passes in the third quarter when he caught a 34 and 33 yarder five minutes apart. This performance shows how special George Kittle is as a weapon in fantasy football.