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Kyle Pitts

TE ATL

College: Florida | 3 years
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 246 lbs
Birth Date: 2000-10-06
2024 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 137.7
Avg Pts: 8.10
Rank: 13 TE

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Pitts had another bit of a disappointing season, finishing with 53 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He was 13th overall in fantasy tight end scoring. Pitts has regressed each of the last two seasons since a 1,000-yard rookie year. Pitts has been plagued by drops and inconsistent play throughout his career, having 13 drops. He gets a new coaching staff for this year, though, which should be a big positive for him. Plus, he gets a top quarterback, Kirk Cousins, throwing him passes. Pitts should be a big part of the passing game for Atlanta. Pitts is as talented as any tight end in the game. He has good hands and is very athletic. Pitts will make the tough catch in traffic. His combination of speed and size makes him a very tough cover at tight end. He still needs some work on his blocking but is making strides in that area.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Cousins made Hockenson an elite tight end last year. He can do the same for Pitts. Look for a career season from Pitts, making him a top-10 fantasy option at tight end. Look for around 80 receptions for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

After a 1,000-yard season as a rookie in 2021, Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts fell victim to poor quarterback play and injuries in 2022 and 2023. Pitts was injured for much of the 2022 season. Although he played in all 17 games in 2023, he admitted after the season that he was still experiencing complications from his 2022 MCL injury. In his past two seasons combined, Pitts only has 1,023 receiving yards and five touchdowns to his name. In 2024, Pitts will have another year of recovery, a significant quarterback upgrade after the Falcons signed Kirk Cousins during the offseason, and a new regime that should scheme more looks for the elite offensive talent in this offense. The Falcons also drafted Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Pitts should have a season closer to his 2021 season, albeit with more touchdowns in 2024. Although he has only scored six touchdowns in his career, Pitts could very well meet and surpass that total this season alone. Pitts is currently being drafted as the TE6 in fantasy, at the same spot RotoBaller ranks him. The top four or five tight ends are all elite options who could score twenty fantasy points in any given week. Selecting the middle-tier tight ends after the elite tier is generally not worth the price. However, Pitts will cost you a round or two less than players such as Mark Andrews or Trey McBride in the draft, with the potential to deliver the same fantasy value.

After a 1,000-yard season as a rookie in 2021, Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts fell victim to poor quarterback play and injuries in 2022 and 2023. Pitts was injured for much of the 2022 season. Although he played in all 17 games in 2023, he admitted after the season that he was still experiencing complications from his 2022 MCL injury. In his past two seasons combined, Pitts only has 1,023 receiving yards and five touchdowns to his name. In 2024, Pitts will have another year of recovery, a significant quarterback upgrade after the Falcons signed Kirk Cousins during the offseason, and a new regime that should scheme more looks for the elite offensive talent in this offense. The Falcons also drafted Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Pitts should have a season closer to his 2021 season, albeit with more touchdowns in 2024. Although he has only scored six touchdowns in his career, Pitts could very well meet and surpass that total this season alone. Pitts is currently being drafted as the TE6 in fantasy, at the same spot RotoBaller ranks him. The top four or five tight ends are all elite options who could score twenty fantasy points in any given week. Selecting the middle-tier tight ends after the elite tier is generally not worth the price. However, Pitts will cost you a round or two less than players such as Mark Andrews or Trey McBride in the draft, with the potential to deliver the same fantasy value.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 16.40Kyle Pitts 44 receiving yds (4.40 pts)
Kyle Pitts 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 23.50Kyle Pitts 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Kyle Pitts 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 39.10Kyle Pitts 41 receiving yds (4.10 pts)
Kyle Pitts 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 44.10Kyle Pitts 21 receiving yds (2.10 pts)
Kyle Pitts 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 515.70Kyle Pitts 87 receiving yds (8.70 pts)
Kyle Pitts 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Week 614.30Kyle Pitts 43 receiving yds (4.30 pts)
Kyle Pitts 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Kyle Pitts 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Kyle Pitts 9 yd TD pass from Desmond Ridder
Week 77.70Kyle Pitts 47 receiving yds (4.70 pts)
Kyle Pitts 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 86.50Kyle Pitts 35 receiving yds (3.50 pts)
Kyle Pitts 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 99.60Kyle Pitts 56 receiving yds (5.60 pts)
Kyle Pitts 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Week 106.00Kyle Pitts 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Kyle Pitts 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 11
Week 124.20Kyle Pitts 22 receiving yds (2.20 pts)
Kyle Pitts 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 139.10Kyle Pitts 51 receiving yds (5.10 pts)
Kyle Pitts 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Week 1414.70Kyle Pitts 57 receiving yds (5.70 pts)
Kyle Pitts 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Kyle Pitts 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Kyle Pitts 36 yd TD pass from Desmond Ridder
Week 156.70Kyle Pitts 37 receiving yds (3.70 pts)
Kyle Pitts 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Playoff Week 113.90Kyle Pitts 49 receiving yds (4.90 pts)
Kyle Pitts 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Kyle Pitts 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Kyle Pitts 24 yd TD pass from Taylor Heinicke
Playoff Week 21.50Kyle Pitts 5 receiving yds (0.50 pts)
Kyle Pitts 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Player Notes
May 18 1:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts called himself a "super rookie" as he enters the fourth year of his NFL career in 2024. "I'm not a rookie rookie. But we're all in this new offense, new regime, new schedule. We're all in this fresh," Pitts said. The former first-round pick has a new head coach in Raheem Morris, a new offensive coordinator in Zac Robinson and a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins this year. Pitts had 1,027 receiving yards in his rookie year in 2021 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Year 2, and he wasn't 100% in 2023 despite playing in all 17 games. The 23-year-old is fully healthy now and taking part in OTAs this offense as he works to learn the new offense and gain chemistry with Cousins. Pitts could easily have his best season to date in 2024 if both he and Cousins (coming off a torn Achilles) can stay healthy.

From RotoBaller

May 17 4:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts shined as a rookie in 2021, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards and one touchdown after being selected No. 4 overall. His last two campaigns have left a lot to be desired, as he failed to surpass 700 yards or become a major factor in the end zone in 2022 or 2023. However, he is still just 23 years old and is embracing a fresh start with a new quarterback and coaching staff in 2024. "I would say I'm a super rookie," Pitts said Tuesday, via the team's official site. "I'm not a rookie. But we're all in this new offense, new regime, new schedule. We're all in this fresh." Pitts' 2021 success came with Matt Ryan under center, and poor quarterback play from Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, and Taylor Heinicke can help explain his lack of production. The Falcons signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to a four-year deal and drafted Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 overall pick this offseason. Despite his lackluster showings of late, he is being selected as the TE7 off the board in early FFPC fantasy drafts. He remains a clear TE1 candidate and has top-five overall upside in his new offense.

From RotoBaller

May 2 8:59am ET

Dynasty | The Atlanta Falcons have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of tight end Kyle Pitts. Dynasty Analysis: Pitts was great in his rookie season but his play has really fallen off the past two seasons. Atlanta obviously believes their sub-par quarterback play has had a lot to do with that as the likes of Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder have held the entire offense back. Pitts will look to bounce back with Kirk Cousins (and maybe even Michael Penix eventually). If you're still a big-time believer in his ability, this off-season will represent what could be the last "buy low" opportunity for him in dynasty leagues.

Apr 29 6:20pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons picked up the 2025 fifth-year option on tight end Kyle Pitts on Monday, according to a source. Although the former fourth overall pick in 2021 out of Florida hasn't exactly lived up to his draft status, there's no way the Falcons weren't going to pick up his option. Pitts was a Pro Bowler in his rookie year, when he went for over 1,000 yards receiving, but he played in only 10 games due to injury in 2022 and has underwhelmed with six total touchdowns in his three NFL seasons. Atlanta's QB situation hasn't helped his cause, though. With a new coaching staff in town and with quarterback Kirk Cousins running the offense in 2024, Pitts' fantasy stock is trending up despite back-to-back disappointing campaigns.

From RotoBaller

Feb 27 3:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said that the team has a lot of faith in tight end Kyle Pitts now that he's fully healthy. Pitts played in all 17 games last year, but he wasn't fully healthy for much of the season after recovering from an MCL sprain in his right knee that he suffered in Week 11 of 2022. The 23-year-old former first-rounder had a frustrating 53-667-3 line in 2023, but he's already looking like a tight end to target in 2024 fantasy drafts. Not only will Pitts be another year beyond his knee injury, but Jonnu Smith is now gone, and new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson is expected to use Pitts all over the field this year. Pitts will be relatively cheap in drafts, too, so he's shaping up as an excellent value play. However, at the end of the day, how productive Pitts will be could depend on what quarterback Atlanta brings in.

From RotoBaller

Feb 21 2:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson sees tight end Kyle Pitts as very versatile. He's mainly been used in the passing game and had 667 receiving yards on 53 catches in his third NFL season in 2023. Pitts can also be an asset when it comes to blocking in the running game, too. "We're not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game," new tight ends coach Kevin Koger said. "But with him and the way we're going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games." It sounds like Pitts is going to be moved around a lot, and the new coaching staff should be able to use him more effectively than Arthur Smith did in his three years with Pitts on the team.

From RotoBaller

Jan 19 12:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts suffered a PCL injury beyond the MCL repair in his right knee, which ended his 2022 season. Pitts said his knee is feeling better and he considers it a success that he was able to play all 17 games in 2023. He was targeted 90 times and had 53 catches for 667 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He had four games over 50-plus receiving yards and five games with under 30 yards. It was far from his rookie season, when he had 68 catches for 1,026 yards and a touchdown, but considering his major knee injury the year prior, it wasn't all that bad. Heading into his fourth NFL campaign, he'll have a new head coach, which could mean a different role entirely. Depending on who the Falcons bring in, Pitts could end up being a sneaky value target at the tight end position in 2024 fantasy drafts.

From RotoBaller

Jan 10 7:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts wrote on his Instagram account that he had surgery on both the MCL and PCL in his knee after getting hurt in Week 11 of the 2022 season. It was previously reported that he had only torn his MCL. Pitts had a career-high three touchdowns in 17 games in his third year in the league in 2023, but overall it was another disappointing campaign for the former first-rounder with 53 receptions on 90 targets for 667 yards. PCL injuries are more complex and have a slower recovery time, so it's possible that Pitts was playing at less than 100 percent for a big chunk of this past season. If the 23-year-old is fully healthy in 2024 with a new head coach that can utilize him more than Arthur Smith did, he could be a fantastic value pick at the tight end position in fall fantasy drafts.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 10:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts struggled during Sunday's game, which is a fitting way to end his 2023 campaign. It was somehow a more productive season for Pitts, but didn't really feel like that. On Sunday, Pitts hauled in two of his three targets for 27 yards in the Week 18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He finished the season with 53 catches on 90 targets for 667 yards and three touchdowns. Pitts has a ton of skill, but has been unable to reach his full potential. It's unclear if the Falcons plan to keep head coach Arthur Smith around for another season. If they do, fantasy managers shouldn't bother putting Pitts in the TE1 discussion next season.

From RotoBaller

Jan 5 10:40am ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has been playing better over the last month or so. In fact, Pitts has 49 receiving yards or more during three of his last five games. The young tight end is coming off a dud, but is hopeful to rebound against the New Orleans Saints. The biggest problem is that the Falcons don't have a reliable option at quarterback right now. The expectation is that the team will use a run-heavy approach in Week 18. That being said, Pitts is more a touchdown-dependent option for this game.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 9:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was unable to make much of an impact during Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. The young tight end was held to one catch on five targets for five yards. Pitts certainly deserves some of the blame, but he'd be having a much better season with an upgrade at quarterback. Taylor Heinicke was awful during this game and didn't give Pitts many chances to actually catch his passes. Pitts will barely be on the fantasy radar for next week's matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

From RotoBaller

Dec 29 10:10am ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games. Pitts has been more involved in the offense over the last few weeks. However, Pitts still doesn't have a ton of value with three receptions per game in each of his last three games. The Falcons are a run-heavy team, so Pitts isn't going to likely ever see a ton of action in the passing game. He should be able to have some success versus the Chicago Bears in Week 17. A defense that has allowed a league-average six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. He should be in the TE2 conversation for this upcoming matchup.

From RotoBaller

Dec 24 5:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to find the end zone during Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. The young tight end hauled in three of his four targets for 49 yards and a score in the win. The biggest play of the day for Pitts came in the first quarter when he hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Heinicke. After that, Pitts didn't have many explosive plays, but fantasy managers will take the touchdown. Pitts should be able to carve out TE2 value for the Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

From RotoBaller

Dec 21 7:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has topped 50 receiving yards in two of his last three games. The young tight end has been more involved in the offense over the last few weeks. Last week, Pitts hauled in three of his four targets for 37 yards in the loss to the Carolina Panthers. Pitts should be able to have some success against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16. A defense that is league-average when it comes to defending the tight end However, the Falcons offense is tough to trust on a weekly basis. Pitts should be considered a TE2 for this weekend's slate.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 21-Nov-2022: Kyle Pitts - IR - The Atlanta Falcons placed TE Kyle Pitts on injured reserve.
  • 29-Jun-2021: ATL Kyle Pitts - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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