In a 2021 NFL Draft filled with talent, there may be no more dynamic and incredible of a prospect than Florida TE Kyle Pitts. In fantasy football, where elite talent is so hard to come by, the immense value of Kyle Pitts makes him one of the most coveted players in upcoming rookie dynasty drafts.
Kyle Pitts’ dynasty value for 2021
Let’s admit it. The term “generational talent” is so overused it is ridiculous. Not every player who flashes on film can get a “generation talent” label — that’s not how it works. Unless a player is one of the best you have ever seen on the field and a cut above the rest of his peers, can that conversation even be brought up?
Well, I am about to bring it up. Florida’s Kyle Pitts is just that damn good. In fact, he is the highest-graded tight end I have ever scouted, and I am not alone. Your favorite draft analyst’s favorite draft analysts planted their flags on the same hill.
It would be no surprise to see Kyle Pitts break the record as the highest-drafted tight end in NFL Draft history in less than two months. In my most recent mock draft, I have Kyle Pitts going sixth overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. There is a strong case to be made that he is the second-best receiver in this class as well. Kyle Pitts’ value in dynasty should be that of a player who could be the best player at his position in a couple of years. His ceiling is the best in the game.
Right now, without having even been fitted for his shoulder pads, he is my No. 5 tight end in dynasty. Once we have his landing spot, he might move to No. 4 over T.J. Hockenson. I am that bullish on Kyle Pitts’ dynasty value.
Kyle Pitts dominated early on while at the University of Florida
Pitts originally attended Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pennsylvania, before transferring in 2016 to Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The move came mainly because his former coach wanted him to play QB rather than tight end — the move worked out.
Pitts went on to play on both sides as a tight end and defensive end, and would participate in the 2018 Under Armour Senior Bowl.
As a backup his freshman year, Pitts saw little playing time. He appeared in 11 games but caught only 3 passes for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. In 2019, Kyle Pitts took over as the starting tight end. He played in all 13 games, making 12 starts as a true sophomore, recording 54 receptions for 649 yards and 5 touchdowns (second-most for a Florida tight end since 1996).
Pitts led all SEC tight ends in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He ended the season as a Coaches’ All-SEC first-team selection, Associated Press All-SEC first-team selection, and a Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist.
Kyle Pitts put the NCAA, NFL, and dynasty managers on notice. In 2020, his value went through the roof.
Pitts was unguardable in 2020
If not for Kyle Pitts, there would be no Kyle Trask right now. Pitts played in all eight games, hauling in 43 catches for 770 yards (17.9 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He had five games over 80 yards receiving during the shortened season, including three over 100 yards. He also has three multi-score games, including three against Kentucky and four versus Ole Miss.
Kyle Pitts was a Mackey Award and Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2020. He also earned unanimous first-team All-American honors and was a top-10 finisher in Heisman Trophy votes. By finishing inside the top 10 of Heisman voting, Pitts became the first TE to finish in the top 10 in 43 years.
He finished his career at Florida after recording 100 receptions for 1,492 yards (14.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns. He became Florida’s all-time leader for receiving yards by a tight end while ranking second in career receptions at the position. Kyle Pitts’ dynasty value heading into draft season is nearly as high as anyone.
Where should you draft Pitts in dynasty rookie mock drafts?
Here is where things get spicy. Usually, I would almost always say to draft based on team need in dynasty. However, Kyle Pitts is one of those exceptions. There’s a case to see him go off the board as early as the third pick in 1QB dynasty drafts. I could see it going: 1) Najee Harris, 2) your top wide receiver, 3) Kyle Pitts.
In Superflex dynasty formats, where QBs carry more value, I would think at least Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields would slot above him. Now, this is all in PPR scoring. With popularity surging in TE-premium formats, Kyle Pitts would move to my 1.01 in 1QB and 1.03 in Superflex.
The 2021 rookie draft is extremely deep at wide receiver. In the second round, you will find guys who will be starters for you by Week 6. What you will not find is game-breaking talent at the shallowest position in all of fantasy football.
Now, if you miss out on Pitts, don’t be too upset. Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth is outstanding and has top-five upside. I can absolutely see the rationale where someone goes with a DeVonta Smith, Javonte Williams, or Rashod Bateman, then circles back for Freiermuth in Round 2.
There is a case for either path. However, if you select Kyle Pitts, you are getting a player who could end up having the highest dynasty value of the entire class before it is all said and done.
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