Kyle Pitts will finally realize full potential for fantasy football players

For those fantasy football players who have exhibited extreme patience with Kyle Pitts, your time is finally here.
Dec 24, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) catches a touchdown.
Dec 24, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) catches a touchdown. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Has there ever been a more hyped-up tight end than Kyle Pitts? At least in fantasy football, I struggle to remember one that came into the league with as much talk as Pitts, but with that came lofty expectations. And as things often go, he hasn't come close to meeting those.

But it's not as though Pitts has been terrible. He has shown flashes in his career while catching passes from Matt Ryan, Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. He went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie after catching 68 passes and it seemed that he was about to take off.

But the following season, he caught just 28 passes and panicked fantasy players were trading him off, often giving him to the manager in their league willing to give up anything of value for him. Pitts settled back in a bit in 2023 with 53 catches, a decent season, but still far from what was expected.

Enter Kirk Cousins, the guy the Atlanta Falcons just signed to a massive deal in free agency.

The addition of Cousins really improves the value of every offensive weapon on the Falcons' roster. I have already talked about Bijan Robinson recently and his situation looks even better now. The same can be said for Drake London.

But Pitts is the guy to focus on here because he was supposed to be the best tight end in fantasy football... maybe of all-time. Okay, that's probably a bit too much but his hype was up somewhere near the moon when he was drafted at No. 4 overall in 2021.

Cousins can sling it around. He did it in Washington and he did it in Minnesota. Savvy fantasy football players know how good of a mid-round pick Cousins is in fantasy football and his targets always benefit.

The one thing Pitts has not done near enough is find the end zone. He has six career touchdowns.

Putting together Pitts' season highs in his three-year career, he would have 68 receptions for 1,026 yards and three touchdowns. I feel that with the addition of Cousins, that is his floor, so long as he stays healthy.

If you hold Pitts on your dynasty roster, stay holding or look at his value as much higher than it was if you are looking to move him. In redraft leagues, Pitts can easily finish with the top 5 season at the position but because of his past which includes not living up to expectations, he will go outside the top 5 tight ends in many drafts.

Pitts will be a fantasy football monster in 2024.