Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee left Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints with a chest injury, which turned out to be much more severe than initially thought. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Higbee's chest injury turned out to be an injury to his lung that caused him to cough up blood. Despite the gruesome status of his internal organ, Higbee isn't expected to miss much time.
Higbee was admitted to the hospital as a precaution. Higbee left the game in the second quarter, but never went into the locker room, the story added. With Higbee out, Everett should benefit from more time and possibly more targets.
The deal makes him a top-10 paid TE in the NFL, but Higbee comes in just 43rd on our TE list. Meanwhile Everett finished the fantasy regular season with three straight games of 6+ targets and played 59% of the snaps in the last month after playing at a 26% rate during the first 12 games. He played 58% of the snaps in the team’s three postseason games as well, so that playing time trend continued throughout the playoffs. He didn’t have much production to show for it, but he has all the physical tools (4.62 40-yard dash, other elite measurables for the position) to emerge as a viable fantasy TE1 if Todd McVay decides to use him.
ESPN beat writer Steve Dilbeck: Rams TE Tyler Higbee has been maybe the biggest surprise in camp. Higbee is a big target (6-foot-5) with good hands, makes a play every day and appears headed for serious playing time.
Lance Kendricks is holding down the fort now with Jared Cook in Green Bay. Kendricks has some streaming potential, but the long-term prospects for Higbee are bright. However, rookie tight ends rarely make much of a fantasy impact, so Higbee is nothing more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues.