• Tyler Higbee

  • TE
  • , Los Angeles Rams
  • 30
  • 255 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Scouting report

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Tyler Higbee has emerged as Baker Mayfield’s go-to receiver delivering a week-winning performance in Week 16. Higbee dropped a season-high 94 receiving yards and two touchdowns while running 23 routes on 29 Mayfield drop-backs. Higbee’s role has continued to grow with Mayfield under center seeing three, five, and 11 targets over the past three games. The key for Higbee to continue this role is the health of the offensive line. It seems that Sean McVay and the Rams have found some continuity upfront, leading to Higbee’s reemergence as a TE1 in the fantasy playoffs.

Heading into Week 17, Higbee once again has the best matchup among all the receiving core for the Rams. The Chargers are in the middle of the pack when it comes to fantasy points allowed to tight ends. However, they currently have allowed the 10th most receiving yards while allowing the eighth fewest receptions to the tight ends. This has led to the Chargers allowing the second-highest yards per reception to tight ends in 2022. Notable tight ends Darren Waller (4-70), Travis Kelce (6-115-2), and David Njoku (6-88) all had solid days vs. the Chargers. This matchup and Baker Mayfield’s emergence have put Higbee back on the TE1 map in Week 17.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Denver Broncos

Who would have thought prior to the season that Tyler Higbee would have caught his first touchdown of the season in Week 15 from Baker Mayfield. It has been a very up-and-down season for Higbee as he has seen his usage plummet due to terrible offensive line play over the past few months. In Week 15, Higbee secured four receptions for 27 yards on five targets. This production was his best showing since Week 11 vs. the Saints. Higbee’s underlying usage is still not there as he only ran a route on 15 of 27 (55%) Mayfield drop-backs.

This week Higbee does have the best matchup in the receiving core vs. the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed the fifth most receptions and the eighth most receiving yards to tight ends in 2022. However, due to his limited route participation, it will be tough to trust Higbee as his floor doesn’t justify his ceiling. Yes, the loss of Ben Skowronek should force the Rams to look Higbee’s way a bit more, but it’s probably best to view Higbee as a desperation high-end TE2 at best in Week 16.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Green Bay Packers

Tyler Higbee’s roller coaster of a season has continued. Week 14 marked the third straight week where he failed to top 15 yards receiving in a game going for 2-11 vs. the Raiders. It is a tough pill to swallow for Higbee owners as he looked like one of the biggest steals in the draft over the first half of the year. The lone bright spot for Higbee is it looks like his underlying usage has stabilized. Last week he was third on the team in routes with 30 running a route on 73% of Baker Mayfield’s drop-backs. Higbee has slipped off the TE1 map rest of the season as it’s going to be tough to trust him on this struggling offense. However, his outlook as a low-end TE1 in 2023 could be salvaged if he continues to see similar route participation for the rest of the year.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

After a strong performance back in Week 10 with backup quarterback John Wolford, Tyler Higbee flopped in a great matchup vs. the Seahawks in Week 13. Higbee was third on the team in routes with 20 and was tied for first with five targets on the day. However, he was only able to produce two receptions for 14 yards. This was a very disappointing outcome vs. a Seattle team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends so far in 2022.

This week Higbee will get another great matchup vs. a Raiders DST that has allowed the sixth most fantasy points to the tight end position. On paper, the matchup should make Higbee a solid streamer tight end for Week 14. The issue is, he was disappointing in a better matchup just a week ago. Now on a short week with many people’s fantasy seasons on the line, can we trust Higbee in Week 14? The short answer should be no, and we would prefer Hunter Henry vs. Arizona and Evan Engram vs. the Titans as streaming options. That being said, if you are stuck streaming a tight end and don’t have those options available, then Higbee should be able to yield high-end TE2 numbers in Week 14.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Seattle Seahawks

The player that will be most impacted by the potential starting quarterback this week is Tyler Higbee. In Week 10 with John Wolford, Higbee had one of his best games of the season catching 8-73 on eight targets. More important, was Higbee’s underlying usage. In that game, Higbee was third on the team in routes running a route on 26 of 36 (72%) Wolford drop-backs. Flash forward to Week 12 and Higbee’s production looks a lot different with Bryce Perkins. Higbee failed to crack the box score not recording a single target in the game. Higbee did play 59% of the snaps, but only ran a route on 11 of 29 (38%) of Perkins’ drop-backs. Based on this usage if Wolford starts in Week 13, Higbee could be viewed as a low end TE1. If Perkins gets the nod, it is best to look elsewhere in Week 13.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Kansas City Chiefs

After a game and a half without Cooper Kupp, it is clear the biggest beneficiary of his loss is Tyler Higbee. Higbee after a very strong start to the season began to see his routes dwindle due to offensive line issues. Now with the loss of Kupp, Higbee is back to seeing an elite role in the passing game. In Week 11, Higbee ran the second-most routes on the team and saw a team-high eight targets in the game. This led to a solid 4-45 receiving line even while dealing with Bryce Perkins in the second half. The routes and targets are a great sign for Higbee’s rest of season outlook granted of course that one of the other starting quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford or John Wolford) returns to start the rest of the year. Even if they don’t, Higbee did show enough in limited action with Perkins to warrant low-end TE1 status in a game where they are expected to trail vs. the Chiefs in Week 12.

by Robert LaMarco

LAR TE Tyler Higbee - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at New Orleans Saints

The player that might see the biggest bump in usage overall after the loss of Cooper Kupp is Tyler Higbee. After seeing his routes and targets plummet due to issues with the offensive line, Higbee saw a boost immediately after the injury to Kupp. In Week 10, Higbee was third in routes, but paced the team in targets with eight and led the team with eight receptions, and 73 receiving yards. If this trend continues, Higbee should immediately return to TE1 production as the Rams look to fill the gigantic void left by Kupp.

This week it might be tough sledding for Higbee as the Rams take on a very solid New Orleans Saints defense. The Saints have allowed the fewest fantasy points to the tight ends position so far in 2022. This includes holding notable tight ends Kyle Pitts (2-19), Hayden Hurst (3-21), Isaiah Likely (1-24-1), and Pat Freiermuth (4-36). Granted the new potential role that Higbee should play still puts him on the TE1 map, but due to the matchup, he’s probably best viewed as a borderline TE1 for Week 11.

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