Tee Higgins was an excellent breakout candidate before the Bengals selected Ja'Marr Chase in the first round. Now he's a high-upside No. 3 receiver who should be drafted around Round 6. While Higgins' 2020 numbers are impressive for a rookie receiver, they don't tell the full story. He played 18 snaps and earned one target in Week 1 and Week 17 combined. The other 14 games he averaged 13.9 PPR Fantasy points per game, which would have made him the third best rookie receiver. And that's catching passes from Ryan Finley and Brandon Allen while sharing targets with A.J. Green, who's off to Arizona. Higgins has legitimate top-20 upside even with Chase on the team. While you'll have to wait to see the top-20 upside in redraft, Higgins' age and upside is enough to make him a top-20 Dynasty receiver right now.
Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan believes that Higgins is going to "play a huge role" in the Bengals offense this season, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. "He's got every trait to be a top-level receiver in this league," Callahan said of the 2020 second-rounder. Though plenty of offseason attention has been focused on No. 5 overall pick Ja'Marr Chase, Higgins is poised to maintain a high-profile role in the Bengals offense. He'll pair with Chase on the outside while Tyler Boyd handles slot duties, giving QB Joe Burrow -- who's bouncing back from a torn ACL and MCL -- a strong pass-catching nucleus to work with this coming season. Higgins paced the team with 908 receiving yards last year, but there's room for growth in his game and, according to Callahan, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder "looks great physically" and appears "more explosive" as training camp approaches.
Higgins is no longer bothered by his hamstring injury from the end of last season, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. He technically played all 16 games as a rookie, but he was eased into action with 15 snaps Week 1, while the hamstring injury limited him to three snaps in the season finale. Over the 14 games in between, Higgins averaged 4.8 catches for 64.9 yards on 7.6 targets, scoring six TDs and putting up solid efficiency stats (62.6 percent catch rate, 8.5 YPT) despite playing for a four-win team that scored 19.4 points per game (29th). With A.J. Green and his 104 targets from last season now out of the picture, Higgins should take on an even larger role in the Cincinnati offense. The 22-year-old wideout has been working out in Arizona and should be a full-go for any team offseason activities.
Higgins was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a hamstring injury. Prior to his first-quarter exit from the contest, Higgins did not record a catch, while logging one target. In his absence, Alex Erickson is next up for extra Week 17 snaps.
Higgins (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Ravens after practicing fully Friday. The same holds true for Tyler Boyd (concussion), meaning the Bengals will have their top wide receivers available for the season finale. The rookie wideout will look to maintain the chemistry he displayed with quarterback Brandon Allen in Week 16, when he logged six catches on nine targets for 99 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati's 37-31 win over the Texans.
Higgins (hamstring) is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. The 21-year-old has been limited at practice this week due to the hamstring issue, but it isn't expected to affect his availability for the season finale. Later Friday, the Bengals will release their final Week 17 injury report, which will reveal whether he carries an injury designation into the contest.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|8||10/31||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|11||11/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|13||12/05||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|14||12/12||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|17||01/02||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||108||67||908||6||52||13.55||126|