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Dalton Kincaid Dynasty Fantasy Football Value

By Kevin English | Updated on Sun, 14 Apr 2024 . 3:43 PM EDT

 

Dalton Kincaid, TE, Bills

Height: 6'4
Weight:
 246
BMI: 29.9
Draft Age:
23.6
NFL Draft Pick:
 Round 1, Pick 25
Draft Sharks Model Score: 8.40
Analytics Score: 0.72
Film Score: 0.59
Production Score: 0.80

 

Dalton Kincaid Dynasty Fantasy Football Value

Let’s start with a 30,000-foot view:

Since 2000, only 6 rookie TEs have recorded a top-10 fantasy finish.

Only 2 are active: Kyle Pitts and Evan Engram.

Not great, but let’s take a step back.

We’re talking about Dalton Kincaid’s dynasty fantasy football value. So a slow start isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme.

 

Dalton Kincaid Team Fit: Buffalo Bills

Landing with Buffalo at least supplies a real chance at Year 1 value.

The Bills ranked 13th last year in pass rate; 8th in pass attempts. Josh Allen remained a productive, durable QB. And he did so for the first time minus OC Brian Daboll.

Sure, Kincaid will share the field with TE Dawson Knox in 2023 (and likely 2024). But the Bills have already talked up the rookie's ability to move around the formation, and the early training camp returns are positive. He's drawn praise from multiple media outlets for both his hands and his route running.

Look for Kincaid's talent to shine as a "big slot" in the NFL.

Should You Buy the Hype on Dalton Kincaid?

Entering the League with Experience

Kincaid enters the league at almost 24 years old — ancient for a pro prospect. In theory, that could knock time off the typical TE learning curve.

His film also suggests he could be a Year 1 factor. (More on that later.)

And, again -- he landed in a strong spot alongside one of the NFL's top QBs.

 

Draft Analysts Agree: Kincaid is Legit

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler calls Kincaid “the best pure receiver” in this TE class.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah describes the tape as “outstanding.”

And here’s Mike Renner (formerly of Pro Football Focus): “[Kincaid] looks like a receiver who just so happens to be tight end sized.”

You get the gist. 

 

A Mismatch Weapon AND a TE1?

While he doesn’t profile as a traditional Y (inline) TE, there’s a role that fits his skill set in the pros. 

Kincaid is a size mismatch for DBs; an athletic mismatch for LBs. Just look at his career yards per catch (15.0) and TD rate (15%).

Long term, there’s a path to top-5 dynasty value. We already have him on the verge of that in our dynasty rookie rankings.

 

Dynasty Valuation

Our Dynasty Draft War Room assigns dynamic player values based on your league’s specific settings. These values range from 100 to 0, with 100 being the most valuable player in your league and 0 being the worst rostered player. Use these values to compare players at the same position and across positions for help with draft, trade and add/drop decisions.
 

Dalton Kincaid Dynasty Values:

  • Dynasty: 1-QB, Non-PPR -- 43.5
  • Dynasty: 1-QB, PPR -- 38.2
  • Dynasty: 1-QB, PPR, TE Premium -- 38.3
  • Dynasty: Superflex, Non-PPR -- 36.3
  • Dynasty: Superflex, PPR -- 33.8
  • Dynasty: Superflex, PPR, TE Premium: -- 45.1

*To see the Dalton Kincaid dynasty fantasy football value for your league setup, visit the Dynasty Draft War Room.

 

Dalton Kincaid Combine Results

At the NFL Combine, Kincaid told reporters he wouldn't participate in drills. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Kincaid is resting a “tiny” back fracture.

He sat out Utah’s March 23 Pro Day.

Wingspan: 78 3/8"
Arm length:
 32 5/8"
Hand size:
 10.25"
40-yard dash: DNP
10-yard split:
 DNP
Bench press:
 DNP
Vertical:
 DNP
Broad jump:
 DNP
3-cone drill:
 DNP

Dalton Kincaid wasn't able to test at the NFL Combine due to a back injury. It shouldn't affect his long-term dynasty fantasy outlook.

Percentiles vs. Combine tight ends since 1999, per MockDraftable.

 

Dalton Kincaid College Stats

GamesRecYardsYPRTDs
2018122437415.611
20191244 835 19.0 8
202051 14 14.0 0
20211336 510 14.2 8
2022127089012.78

Kincaid grew up with a basketball background, even earning an AAU National Championship as a kid.

In fact, he played just one season of high school football. 

And that takes us to the first major stop on his football journey — the University of San Diego.

 

Kincaid Quickly Enters NFL Radar

He dominated the lower level of competition, racking up 68-1,209-19 in 2 seasons. His efforts earned him an All-American nod.

Then came a transfer to Utah, and soon, a PAC-12 breakout.

In 2021, Kincaid showcased big-play talent with 14.2 yards per catch and 8 TDs — 5th most among TEs in the FBS.

The Vegas native saved his best work for 2022. 

 

Senior-Year Breakout … With a Catch

Across 12 games, he paced the team in catches (70), yards (890) and TDs (8). Among TEs, he ranked top-5 nationally in reception and yardage market shares.

Now, Kincaid benefited from a September ACL tear that struck TE teammate Brant Kuithe. 

In 2021, Kuithe actually out-produced Kincaid…

Brant Kuithe College Stats: 71 targets, 50 catches, 611 yards, 6 TDs
Dalton Kincaid College Stats: 45 targets, 36 catches, 510 yards, 8 TDs

Still, Kincaid’s 2022 presented its own pitfalls.

In late October, an injured shoulder cost him a game. About a month later, another upper-body injury contributed to his decision to sit out the Rose Bowl.

Call it a slight disappointment for evaluators. 

But with 55 career games played, there’s a hefty sample to assess Kincaid's dynasty fantasy football value.

 

Dalton Kincaid Highlights

Games watched: Arizona St. (2022), Washington St., (2022), USC (2022), Oregon (2022), Colorado (2022)

Utah often used Kincaid as a jumbo WR. Per Pro Football Focus, he lined up in the slot or out wide on 64.5% of his 2022 passing snaps.

Here, he’s split out for one of two screen passes I observed in five games. While the play’s well blocked, you get a sense of his burst…

" Dalton Kincaid's dynasty value gets a boost thanks to some smooth run-after-catch ability. "

No matter the alignment, PAC-12 defenders struggled to contain this 5th-year senior. 

Next, you see Kincaid get vertical from the slot vs. senior LB (and Alabama transfer) Shane Lee. Kincaid isn't supersized -- at least for a TE -- at 6’4, 240. But he’s a natural receiver:

Dalton Kincaid's fantasy value looks strong because of his WR-like skill set. He should be utilized like a WR in Buffalo.

It's no surprise, but Kincaid wasn’t a strong blocker on tape. Still, he excelled as an in-line pass catcher. Below, you get a look at his elusiveness in space. 

Per PFF, Kincaid’s 16 forced missed tackles ranked 3rd among TEs. He ranked 2nd (among qualifiers) in one of our favorite efficiency metrics: yards per route run.

Reliable hands are a must to gain the trust of any QB. Kincaid shows no weakness there with a career drop rate of only 1.6%. In fact, his only 2 drops came in 2022.

 

More Dynasty Fantasy Football Info

Make sure to check out where Kincaid stacks up among the best rookie tight ends of 2023.

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