Buy/Sell/Hold Report #1

BUY Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams

Higbee is coming off a 1-catch dud -- in a game in which Matt Stafford chucked for 278 yards and 2 scores.

That might have Higbee owners thinking that he’s in for another frustrating fantasy season.

Nuh uh.

Higbee has seen elite playing time through 2 weeks. He played every single 1 of the Rams’ offensive snaps. And he’s run a pass route on 85% of the team’s pass plays. The only TEs with higher route rates: Mark Andrews, Darren Waller, Logan Thomas, T.J. Hockenson and Travis Kelce. Higbee sits ahead of Kyle Pitts, George Kittle, Noah Fant, Rob Gronkowski and everyone else.

That’s exciting because Higbee has been 1 of the more efficient TEs on a per-route basis over the past couple of seasons. In 2019, he ranked 3rd among 40 qualifying TEs in yards per route run. Then he finished 9th out of 43 last year.

And that came on offenses much less explosive than the one Matt Stafford is piloting this year. The longtime Lion has settled in nicely to his new digs, averaging 10.7 yards per attempt with 5 TDs through 2 games.

Simply put, if Higbee continues getting this usage in this passing game, he’s a strong bet for a top 8 fantasy finish.