• Tyler Higbee

  • TE
  • , Los Angeles Rams
  • 28
  • 249 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Higbee has a chance to break out, thanks to the departure of Gerald Everett and the arrival of Matthew Stafford. Remember, he posted four-straight 100-yard games back in 2019, which is not an insignificant feat for a tight end. With Everett gone, maybe Higbee becomes a bigger and more consistent part of the passing game.

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Scouting report

by Jeff Hicks

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Fantasy players are aware of Tyler Higbee’s league-winning end to the 2019 season. He did so as the lead tight end for the Rams with Gerald Everett hurt. Everett is now in Seattle and Higbee has the opportunity to play as the unquestioned TE1 in Los Angeles. In eight games since 2017 without Everett in the lineup, Higbee averaged 12.86 half PPR points compared to 4.7 points with Everett. Higbee also saw three more receptions, 0.50 touchdowns, 3.8 targets, and 35.5 more yards per game without Everett (courtesy RotoViz Splits App). Higbee also out-targeted and had more receptions and yards per game in 2020.

Did I mention Higbee gets a quarterback upgrade with Matthew Stafford? Higbee has the ability to stretch the field (8.0 Average Depth of Target) and should see an uptick in workload as Stafford utilizes the tight end position.

Fantasy Downside

The Rams drafted Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round in 2020 with the knowledge that Everett and/or Higbee would not be retained. Los Angeles ran two-tight end sets no fewer than 33% of offensive snaps in any given week last season. Everett averaged 3.8 targets and 2.6 receptions per game alongside Higbee. Those averages were 0.2 and 0.3 behind Higbee. I doubt every vacated target goes to Higbee, especially with Hopkins drafted to be a receiving tight end. Higbee is also 28-years old and is in the window for TE regression.

Higbee has seven games against top-10 defenses against the tight end position according to 4for4’s Schedule-Adjusted Positional Defensive Rankings.

2021 Bottom Line

The arrival of Stafford and the departure of Everett give Higbee the best opportunity at fantasy production of his career. Higbee’s toughest hurdles to being a top-end fantasy tight end are his schedule and offensive scheme’s use of two-tight end formations. Higbee is a TE1 ahead of Week 1 because of his talent and overall shallow positional depth.

2021 Strength of Schedule - LAR

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
31
CHI
4
@IND
22
TB
8
ARI
19
@SEA
9
@NYG
16
DET
11
@HOU
21
TEN
1
@SF
BYE5
@GB
25
JAX
8
@ARI
19
SEA
7
@MIN
18
@BAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1DAL3400413.3300000.004.07.065/7389.0%
2@PHI5543510.8000000.0023.428.459/6985.5%
3@BUF2400220.0000000.006.08.050/6972.5%
4NYG321047.0000000.002.15.148/5784.2%
5@WAS212026.0000000.001.23.256/6882.4%
6@SF3560418.6700000.005.68.645/6075.0%
7CHI--------------
8@MIA214047.0000000.001.43.457/9560.0%
9BYE--------------
10SEA3600620.0000000.006.09.059/7084.3%
11@TB419044.7511001.002.06.052/7272.2%
12SF16026.0000000.000.61.638/6261.3%
13@ARI424166.0000000.008.412.470/8384.3%
14NE2340217.0000000.003.45.455/6387.3%
15NYJ4671516.7500000.0012.716.749/5983.1%
16@SEA3340611.3300000.003.46.452/7569.3%
17ARI3410413.6700000.004.17.160/7382.2%
Per game2.9334.800.334.0011.860.070.07001.005.628.5554.33/69.8778.17%
Totals4452256011.8611001.0084.3128.3815/104878.17%
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