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Tight End Draft Targets: Dalton Kincaid & Kyle Pitts (2024 Fantasy Football)

There are many aspects of fantasy football drafts that can make or break your season. But this year especially, the tight end position appears to be pivotal in how you construct your fantasy football rosters and execute your drafts. Here is my tight end fantasy football draft strategy to help you understand how to approach the tight end position in 2024 drafts.

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Tight End Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

Let’s dive into our tight end fantasy football draft strategy for 2024 to help you dominate your leagues.

Tight End Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Top Targets

Of those first two tiers, there are two players that I wanted to touch on briefly, and I’m higher on them than most.

Dalton Kincaid (TE – BUF)

Selected as the first tight end off the board in the 2023 NFL Draft, Dalton Kincaid finished with a terrific 73/673/2 split for the Bills, and his chemistry with quarterback Josh Allen was evident. Following Buffalo’s offensive exodus due to cap issues that saw the departure of Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis, Kincaid will be thrust into the limelight as the focal point of the offense, and it is within the realm of possibility he leads the team in targets this season. With a full year of the offense under his belt, I’d expect Allen to look in Kincaid’s direction early and often as the team phases in rookie Keon Coleman and journeymen Curtis Samuel and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Kincaid offers a more versatile skillset than anyone else on the Bills, and his athleticism is underrated.

Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL)

I referred to Kyle Pitts as the “tight end prince that was promised” due to the overwhelming hype he received entering the league in 2021. A promising rookie campaign (68/1026/1) was followed by two stinkers under head coach Arthur Smith, who refused to involve Pitts in the game plan each week consistently. Thankfully, Atlanta made the easy decision to move on from Smith in the offseason and new head coach Raheem Morris brought in Zac Robinson, formerly the passing game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. Robinson’s presence and Kirk Cousins under center should propel Pitts to the front of the line for targets. His ability to stretch the field vertically (up the seams and outside of the numbers) when given an opportunity is rare. Pitts should become an easy safety net for Cousins to utilize at every opportunity. Nearly 27% of Cousins’ passes targeted tight ends last year, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL. Robinson is on record saying the “sky is the limit” for Pitts, and Raheem Morris stated he has come into training camp with a “personal vendetta” to get back to form. Entering a contract year, I put a lot of stock in Pitts, finally having the breakout we’ve all been waiting for.

I strongly feel that both Kincaid and Pitts have the opportunity to finish as top-five options and further bolster that first tier at the position.

Current ECR draft rankings for tight ends can be found at FantasyPros here for managers intent on doing draft prep. To conclude, I’m more comfortable than ever waiting to acquire a tight end due to the number of proven veterans and outstanding young talent available. FantasyPros has nine players ranked within the first two tiers:

Fantasy Football Tight End Draft Rankings: Tier One

Fantasy Football Tight End Draft Rankings: Tier Two

I envision Hockenson returning to Tier One after he fully recovers from his knee injury, and it won’t take Bowers long to make splash plays. His collegiate tape from the University of Georgia was unreal, and Las Vegas had a game-changing talent fall into their laps at 13th overall.

Invest accordingly.

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