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Kyle Pitts


#5 Tight End

128 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 6
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 21
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 240
40 Time: 4.44

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.4 55.3 0.4 7.9
Week 5
Pitts logged a monster 9-119-1 stat line in the London win over the Jets. He was targeted a team-high 10 times, with Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage out. Pitts’ TD was a thing of beauty as he out-jumped the opponent and hauled in the highlight-reel catch.

Pitts’ stats finally caught up to his usage in Week 5. We’re not expecting many more fantasy tallies like that. But the rookie ranks 4th among TEs in targets for the year, 4th in yards and tied for 5th in receptions. That’s the range in which you should consider him as a fantasy option.
Week 3
Pitts totaled 35 yards on two receptions last week in the win over the Giants. He was targeted just 3 times in the contest as we saw QB Matt Ryan turn to veteran WRs Calvin Ridley and Cordarrelle Patterson for half of his pass attempts. Pitts made the most of one reception, showcasing why he was so highly coveted coming out of Florida. We’re not worried that Pitts wasn’t targeted as much as he was in the previous two games. His talent speaks for itself, and games like this are to be expected. Pitts is still looking for his 1st TD, but it could be coming soon with games against Washington and New York Jets before their Week 6 bye.
Week 2
Pitts caught 5 of 6 targets for 73 yards in the Falcons' Week 2 loss to the Bucs.
Pitts flashed some of his elite upside with multiple 24-yard receptions, including a one-handed snag on a ball that was well behind him on a 3rd and long play
The Falcons will most likely be among the pass heaviest teams in the league due to a bad defense and shaky run game, so Pitts should continue to be a TE1 as the 2nd option in the Falcons passing attack behind only stud WR Calvin Ridley.
Pitts is an easy top 10 TE play in Week 3 against the Giants.
Week 1
Rough debut for Pitts, but probably not as rough as the numbers made it look.

Pitts caught his 1st target of the game on the opening drive, but couldn’t get his 2nd foot down to make it count. He would finish the 1st half with just a 1-yard catch among 4 targets.

His 1st look of the 3rd quarter produced an 11-yard reception, but an offensive PI call negated it. Pitts later secured an 18-yard catch (that counted) for Atlanta’s longest play of the game. But he finished with just a 4-31 receiving line on 8 looks.

Those 8 official targets gave him a strong 22.9% target share, though, and Pitts spent 80% of his snaps in the slot or out wide, according to Pro Football Focus. That made him more WR than TE, which is good for his fantasy outlook.

If you entered the season banking on Pitts, don’t overreact by giving up on him already.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • At 6’6, 245 pounds, Pitts dominated at Florida over the past 2 seasons (97-1,419-17).
  • He posted 43-770-12 as a 20-year-old junior. He played only 8 games, missing 4 due to an undisclosed injury and 1 with a concussion. He’s 100% entering the summer.
  • In 2020, he ran 52% of his routes either out of the slot or out wide.
  • Pitts won’t play the majority of his snaps in-line as a pro. But he was at least adequate as a blocker in the SEC.
  • Pitts’ TE coach at Florida — former pro Tim Brewster — called the youngster a “generational talent.” His body control, footwork and length all figure to translate right away.
  • The Falcons opted against trading down in April’s draft, instead choosing to select Pitts 4th overall.
  • He joins a TE corps that includes Hayden Hurst, who tallied 88-56-571-6 in his 1st year with Atlanta. He simply can’t match Pitts’ playmaking ability, though. He’ll take a back seat to the rookie.
  • Last year, Atlanta ranked #1 league-wide in pass rate and raw pass attempts. Look for some regression there under 1st-year HC Arthur Smith, Tennessee’s former OC/TE coach. Still, a bad defense should have this unit clearly leaning pass.
  • Smith has a background as a TE coach: Smith helped develop Jonnu Smith in Tennessee. As Titans OC last year, TEs combined for a massive 29.4% target share.
  • Julio Jones will take a huge target share out the door. Jones played only 9 games last year but was on pace for 121 targets.
  • Rookie TEs have historically struggled to produce. Since 2010, only 9 TEs have reached 500 yards. Only 2 have topped 50 catches. If there’s an argument for Pitts, though, it’s that he’s much more of a WR than a TE.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Pitts has the elite physical traits and athleticism to forecast both an excellent long-term career — and a strong year 1. New HC Arthur Smith is an up-and-coming play-caller, while Atlanta should continue to lean pass given an iffy backfield and defense.

Mix in the Julio Jones trade, and Pitts could perform as a top-5 fantasy TEs this fall. He’s simply being drafted near his ceiling, with an early-summer FFPC ADP of TE4.

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The Falcons selected Florida TE Kyle Pitts with the 4th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s the highest a TE has ever been picked. Pitts stands nearly 6’6 and 245 pounds with a massive, 83 3/8” wingspan. As a junior in 2020, he tallied 43-770-12 across only 8 games. That sample included monster lines against Alabama (7-129-1), Tennessee (7-128) and Ole Miss (8-170-4). The 20-year-old has the movement skills and versatility of a future WR1, making him a bit of a cheat code at TE. For further confirmation of his dominance, Pitts tested very well with a 4.44 forty time (98th percentile) and a 129-inch broad jump (97th percentile). He joins Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to give the Falcons 1 of the best groups of pass-catchers in the league. We’ll probably see a lot of 2-TE sets in Atlanta this year with Pitts and Hayden Hurst under former Titans TEs coach and new Falcons HC Arthur Smith.

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