Higbee caught eight of 12 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona. With Sunday's big performance, Higbee recorded an impressive 43 receptions for 522 yards and two touchdowns over the final five weeks of the season. It's impossible to imagine his role diminishing significantly to start the 2020 campaign, and the breakout stretch definitely legitimizes Los Angeles signing him to a four-year, $31.03 million contract in September. However, fellow tight end Gerald Everett still looms and has flashed big-play potential himself, so it's possible that he could cut into some of Higbee's target share.
Higbee secured nine of 11 targets for 104 yards in the Rams' 34-31 loss to the 49ers on Saturday. Despite the return to action of Gerald Everett (knee), Higbee still was the clear top option at tight end, outpacing his position mate by 10 targets. Higbee also paced the Rams in receptions and co-led the team in targets on the way to his fourth consecutive 100-yard effort. The 2016 fourth-round pick's late-season play has been a revelation, and he'll face the team he first eclipsed the century mark against, the Cardinals, to close out the season in Week 17.
Higbee caught 12 of 14 targets for 111 yards in Sunday's 44-21 loss to the Cowboys. The tight end continued his late-season breakout, hauling in over 100 receiving yards for the third straight game after managing only 212 yards through the Rams' first 10 contests. Even if Gerald Everett (knee) makes it back into the lineup for one or both of the club's final two games, it seems highly unlikely that Higbee will fade back into the woodwork given the chemistry he's showing with Jared Goff. He'll try to keep things rolling next Saturday against a 49ers defense that held Austin Hooper to three catches for 20 yards in Week 15.
Higbee should work as the Rams' clear No. 1 tight end Sunday against the Cowboys with Gerald Everett (knee/illness) ruled out for a third consecutive game. Considering that Everett has yet to even resume practicing suffering the knee injury in a Nov. 25 loss to Baltimore and is also recovering from a stomach virus, Higbee could be unchallenged for the top spot on the depth chart beyond Week 15. For now though, Higbee will profile as one of the top fantasy options at his position, as he's turned in back-to-back seven-catch, 100-plus-yard receiving efforts while playing at least 90 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps in both of the past two weeks. Higbee should have a good chance to maintain his productive ways while facing off against a Cowboys team that allowed the relatively anonymous tight-end duo of J.P. Holtz and Jesper Horsted to combine for seven receptions for 92 yards on seven targets in Week 14.
Higbee had seven catches (11 targets) for 116 yards in Sunday's 28-12 win over the Seahawks. Gerald Everett (knee) was held out of action yet again, which opened the door for Higbee to go off for 100-plus yards for the second consecutive game. All it took for the Rams' tight end position to go from a black hole to a fantasy gold mine was for one of the two co-starters to be removed from the picture. There was nothing in Higbee's prior career numbers to suggest that he could be such an offensive force, but with two weeks of proof in front of us, the tight end is a must-add and a likely TE1 against Dallas if Everett remains on the shelf.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||New York Giants||25||8.00|
|6||10/19||@San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|11||11/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|12||11/29||San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|14||12/11||New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|15||12/20||New York Jets||4||5.13|
|3 Year Avg||56||39||440||2||21||11.28||56|