May could seem a little early to talk about your next fantasy football draft. But with dynasty and rookie leagues already having their fantasy drafts, it feels right to start preparing for the 2021 fantasy football season. One position all owners will need in September is, tight end.
One player who promises to attract attention is Atlanta Falcons’ rookie, Kyle Pitts. Last month, the Atlanta Falcons made Pitts the earliest selection for a tight end with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In his last year at Florida, Pitts caught 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. In Atlanta, Pitts will be competing with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, for work with veteran quarterback, Matt Ryan.
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Pitts possesses skills most tight ends cannot even dream of matching. With a huge catch radius, wingspan, and 4.4 speed, Pitts may be an unstoppable cover in the NFL. Linebackers and safeties cannot run with him. Corners do not have a prayer in stopping Pitts on jump-balls.
The big question for fantasy owners will be, “When to select Pitts?” Usually, rookies often go lower in drafts. With Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and George Kittle, likely going before him, some owners may wait for Pitts. In this case, Pitts could be one player fantasy owners may reach and take him in front of bigger names with his potential to change the NFL.
Even as a flex or receiver option if offered in your league, Pitts will likely still be a popular option in your league. Despite bigger and more established tight ends going before him, Pitts is averaging a 10th-12th-round option in 10- or 12-team leagues. According to https://fantasydata.com/nfl/fantasy-football-adp-rankings/te, Pitts has been the 13th tight end selected in fantasy leagues and is challenging Mike Gesicki and Dallas Goedert for tight ends.
If Pitts matches or exceeds expectations, he can make some history. No rookie tight end has reached 1,000 receiving yards in his first season. Jeremy Shockey’s 894 receiving yards lead all rookie tight ends. With 17 games and more passes, Pitts could be in line for plenty of catches, yards, and touchdowns.
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With Pitts posing to be an impossible cover for almost any defender and Ryan throwing, Atlanta’s offense could be one where fantasy owners and fans are both looking to watch and take Pitts early and often this season.