Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett will again share tight end duties for the Rams, but Everett is the better Fantasy option of the two. Higbee is the better blocker, which earns him slightly more playing time, but his Fantasy value is limited. In 2018, Higbee had just two games with double digits in PPR points. He isn't expected to do much better this season with the Rams getting Cooper Kupp (ACL) back, along with Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Ignore Higbee in most formats on Draft Day.
Higbee didn't draw any targets during a 13-3 loss to New England in the Super Bowl. While he technically got the start, Higbee played fewer snaps (35) than fellow tight end Gerald Everett (44), who also finished the night without any catches. The Rams increased their usage of tight ends in the passing game after Cooper Kupp suffered a torn ACL in November, but neither Higbee nor Everett proved to be a reliable threat. Higbee figures to enter the final year of his rookie contract stuck in a timeshare, potentially losing even more work to Everett in 2019. If forced to pick between the two, Everett is the one with receiving upside.
Higbee caught each of his four targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-23 win over New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game. Despite playing just 39 snaps to Gerald Everett's 47, the third-year tight end had a massive impact on the outcome of Sunday's contest, hitting pay dirt from one yard out in the third quarter and later catching two passes on the game-winning drive in overtime. Higbee managed just seven catches for 94 yards in five games during December, but he did enjoy a productive stretch the previous month and has now bounced back strong with six receptions in two playoff games. Higbee and Everett figure to continue sharing snaps and targets in the Super Bowl against New England.
Higbee secured his only target for a season-long, 36-yard reception during Sunday's 48-32 win over San Francisco. Despite starting Sunday's game, Higbee played fewer snaps than fellow tight end Gerald Everett for the second consecutive week. There appears to be a changing of the guard at the position with Everett carving out a larger and more consistent role in the passing attack over the second half of the season. However, Higbee's blocking prowess will keep him on the field, and he is a capable receiver. It's just unlikely he makes a significant fantasy splash in the postseason.
Higbee caught his lone target for 16 yards during Sunday's 31-9 win over Arizona. The tight end's reception came in the first quarter and set up a Robert Woods rushing touchdown on the following play. Higbee has started all 15 games and has garnered 695 offensive snaps this season, but that extensive usage has yielded only 33 targets on 216 receiving routes. While he's flashed potential in the passing game, fellow tight end Gerald Everett has clearly been the preferred target, and Everett has been particularly strong of late with 14 receptions for 103 yards over the past three weeks. Considering the recent trend, Higbee's fantasy upside projects to remain limited heading into Week 17 and throughout the postseason.
Higbee caught both his targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 30-23 loss to Philadelphia. After a four-game stretch where Higbee turned 18 targets into 13 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown, he's now caught just three passes for 23 yards the past two weeks. Instead, it's been fellow tight end Gerald Everett -- nine receptions for 75 yards -- who has been more involved the past two games. With Everett clearly distancing himself in the passing-attack pecking order, it's difficult to trust Higbee in any fantasy setting heading into Week 16.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|4||09/29||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|6||10/13||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|16||12/22||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
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|3 Year Avg||35||20||224||1||10||11.20||28|