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Tee Higgins
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#22 Wide Receiver

152 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 22
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 216
40 Time: 4.59

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

5.6

DS Projection

9.1

Consensus

38 other sites
9

Med Ceiling

13.1

Rest of
Season

9

Week 6 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.6 60.5 0.5 9.1
Weekly Writeup
Higgins is averaging 7.3 targets per game this season -- slightly ahead of WR Ja'Marr Chase in their 3 games together. Sunday brings a juicy matchup vs. a bad Lions secondary.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.6 66 0.4 9
Week 5
After missing a pair of games with a shoulder injury, Higgins played 70% of the snaps, which is a bit less than he had seen in the other 2 games he played this season. With the Packers pressuring Joe Burrow, Higgins was an outlet for him, catching mostly short passes that didn’t lead to much yardage after the catch, leading to his 1st game with fewer than 58 yards, though he was able to convert on a 2-point conversion to add a bit to his fantasy totals.

Although this was a bit of a disappointing game for Higgins, he averaged 59 yards and a TD in the first 2 games of the season, so he’s clearly going to be involved the rest of the way. In the first 2 games of the year when Higgins was healthy, he had out-targeted Chase 15-11, though it seems as if Chase is seeing more of the downfield targets. Regardless, Higgins has shown to be very solid in the red zone, so he’ll have an excellent scoring floor, and he may have his better games against the tougher defenses with strong pass rushes, which could limit the downfield passing.
Week 2
Higgins saw a team-high 10 targets in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, catching 6 for 60 yards and a score. It was his second straight week producing at least 58 yards and a TD.

Going forward, Higgins should be the most reliable option in this passing attack. His 15 targets through two games lead all Bengals pass catchers. Ja’Marr Chase may see more splash plays that end up in highlight reels, but Higgins is the one you will feel best about utilizing each and every week. This is not to say that he doesn’t have the big play ability, of course.
Week 1
Higgins enjoyed a nice opener -- and almost enjoyed it even more.

His 2-yard TD catch in the 2nd quarter followed a 26-yard defensive pass-interference penalty Higgins drew against CB Bashaud Breeland. Higgins later set up Joe Mixon’s 2-yard TD run when he got knocked out at the 2-yard line on a 14-yard, 3rd-quarter catch.

Overall, Higgins drew 5 official targets, catchin 4 for 58 yards and the TD. We’d like a little more than 18.5% target share for Higgins, but the DPI play would have put him at 21.4% had it counted.

The only concern here is a Bengals offense that turned in the league’s lowest situation-neutral pass rate in Week 1 -- crazy low at 34.6%, according to RBSDM.com. Cincinnati is sure to come up from that, but remaining near the bottom of the league in that category would limit the available target volume in a crowded WR corps.

We’ll watch that factor going forward.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • The Bengals selected Higgins in Round 2 of the 2020 draft.
  • He made an instant impact with a team-high 908 yards and 6 scores. He ranked behind Tyler Boyd with 108 targets and 67 catches.
  • Higgins’ WR28 finish ranked 4th best among a loaded rookie WR class.
  • From Week 1-Week 11 — alongside Burrow only — Higgins ranked a decent 27th among 53 WRs with 50+ targets in yards per route run (1.81).
  • Higgins suffered a hamstring injury in Week 17 and didn’t return. He was listed with a hamstring on the Week 14 injury report and missed several days of training camp with the same issue.
  • Joe Burrow went down with a season-ending ACL/MCL tear in Week 11. However, he’s fully expected to be under center for Week 1 this fall.
  • In 10 games with Burrow, Higgins was on a full-season pace of 113-69-1,006-6. That would have made him the WR22 — 6 spots above his true finish.
  • This offseason, the Bengals replaced A.J. Green (and his 104 vacated targets) with top pick and potential superstar Ja’Marr Chase. His dynamic talent and the chemistry he showed in 2019 alongside Burrow could have him leading this group right away.
  • Higgins will remain on the field a ton after playing on 94.1% of Cincy’s passing snaps last season. Overall, the team ran 3-WR sets at a league-high rate (76%).
  • Tyler Boyd returns for his 6th season. He’s missed only 1 game (due to a concussion) over the past 2 seasons. Historically, he’s at least a low-volume TD scorer (5.9% career TD rate) — good news for the 6’4 Higgins.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

In 2018 and 2019, Higgins produced big-time totals at Clemson alongside Trevor Lawrence. He parlayed that into immediate success as a big-bodied outside target for Joe Burrow.

Ja’Marr Chase brings serious target competition, but the Bengals should continue to lean pass after registering a nearly 59% pass rate in 2020. The key here is the health of Burrow, who’ll be less than 10 months removed from tearing up his knee come Week 1.

Barring a Burrow setback, though, Higgins will profile as a WR2/3.

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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) "looked great" in practice this week and will play vs. the Packers on Sunday, HC Zac Taylor said Friday. Higgins opened the season with 4-58-1 and 6-60-1 receiving lines on 15 total targets before missing the past 2 weeks. He's a nice Week 5 fantasy play vs. a Green Bay secondary missing top CB Jaire Alexander.

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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) remained limited in Thursday's practice. He's tentatively expected back for this weekend's game vs. the Packers, but check back tomorrow for another update.

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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's tentatively expected to play vs. the Packers this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) would have had an "outside chance" to play Week 4 if the game were on Sunday, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Higgins is sitting "with plans to get healthy for Week 5," Fowler adds. We'll keep an eye on his status when Cincinnati gets back to work next week.

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Bengals WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) is out for Thursday night's game vs. the Jaguars. We still don't have a timetable for Higgins' return. Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will again operate as Cincinnati's clear top 2 WRs in tomorrow's plus matchup.

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