Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
28-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Los Angeles Rams
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Higbee's late surge in 2019 truly came out of nowhere, after he fell shy of 300 yards in each of his first three NFL seasons and was limited to 212 yards through 10 games last year. It was actually fellow Rams tight end Gerald Everett who appeared to be breaking out at one point in the season, until his November knee injury opened the door for Higbee to handle a three-down role. He responded by closing out the season with five consecutive games with seven or more catches and 88 or more yards, averaging 11.2 targets per week. It now appears the Rams landed a bargain when they signed Higbee to a four-year, $29 million extension in September, potentially leaving Everett as the odd man out when his contract expires after 2020. There's still a degree of uncertainty for the short-term production outlook, with a healthy Everett potentially stealing some snaps, while wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are locked in for a steady stream of short passes. Of course, there's generally been enough to go around in the Sean McVay/Jared Goff offenses, and at 6-6, 255, Higbee has always been more trusted as a blocker than Everett. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $31.03 million contract with the Rams in September of 2019.
Fails to live up to hype
TELos Angeles Rams
January 28, 2021
Higbee finished the 2020 regular season with 44 receptions for 521 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games. He also added three catches for nine yards through Los Angeles' two playoff contests.
ANALYSIS
The fifth-year tight end was a popular 2020 breakout target after piling up 43 receptions, 522 yards and two touchdowns over the final five games of the 2019 campaign. Unfortunately, the production didn't carry over. To start, the Rams turned to the rushing attack more frequently. After having the eighth highest passing-play percentage (62.0) during the 2019 campaign, Los Angeles dipped to a 26th-ranked 55.8 mark this season. Additionally, fellow tight end Gerald Everett finished with career-high totals in receptions, receiving yards and offensive snaps to cut into Higbee's production. While Everett hits free agency during the offseason, the Rams also selected tight end Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he's athletically gifted and a potential Everett replacement. Los Angeles could also add to the position in the draft or free agency.
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How do Tyler Higbee's 2020 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
29.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.54
 
% Team Air Yards
12.0%
 
% Team Targets
10.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.3%
 
Drop Rate
6.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.8
 
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#% of Team Snaps

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How often does Tyler Higbee run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Tyler Higbee
314 routes   60 targets
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% Routes Run
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77%
279 routes   62 targets
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23 routes   4 targets
62%
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How do Tyler Higbee's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
255 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
The Rams consistently turned to fellow tight end Gerald Everett in the passing attack down the stretch and through the playoffs last season, as Higbee has earned his keep as a blocker more than a downfield threat. As a result, Higbee projects to remain an unreliable fantasy asset with a low ceiling, especially considering how many other weapons the Rams have on offense.
Late-season involvement in the Rams 2016 offense carried over into 2017, and Higbee responded with 11.8 yards per catch while securing 25 of 45 targets over 16 games. However, there are a number of reasons for pause about Higbee's candidacy for another significant jump in Year 3. First, the tight end didn't see a single pass from within the five-yard line last season and only received five total looks within the red zone. Second, 2017 second-rounder Gerald Everett is pushing him for playing time and could force Higbee into a reduced role sooner than later. Finally, coach Sean McVay has historically leaned more on his wideouts than tight ends as pass catchers - and that's in addition to Everett being around to steal opportunities in the passing game. There's a strong possibility Higbee's biggest contributions in 2018 come while blocking on run plays.
Some off-field issues cost Higbee draft status in 2016, but the Rams started to incorporate him into the offense during the second half of the year. He had a seven-target game against Carolina in November -- let's forget six of them fell incomplete -- and drew 11 targets across a four-game stretch in December. The hiring of head coach Sean McVay should be good news for Higbee; McVay was known for using tight ends regularly in Washington. Higbee also benefits from the departure of veteran TE Lance Kendricks, pushing him into a starting role this year. A second-year improvement looks likely here, and there's a little spike potential as well, but second-round rookie Gerald Everett could cut into Higbee's target.
The Rams took a major chance on Higbee with a fourth-round selection, as he is coming off knee surgery and also has second-degree assault charges pending against him. Higbee was a force at Western Kentucky with his 6-foot-4, 243-pound frame, but it remains to be seen if his off-the-field issues will cost him games to begin the season. If he's healthy and proves he can stay out of trouble, he has major potential, but those are big hurdles to jump.
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Virtual non-factor vs. Seahawhs
TELos Angeles Rams
January 9, 2021
Higbee caught one of three targets for four yards during Saturday's 30-20 win over the Seahawks.
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Another quiet showing in finale
TELos Angeles Rams
January 4, 2021
Higbee caught three of his four targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 18-7 win over Arizona.
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Catches half his targets in loss
TELos Angeles Rams
December 28, 2020
Higbee caught three of his six targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to Seattle.
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Finds end zone in loss
TELos Angeles Rams
December 20, 2020
Higbee caught four of five targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jets.
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Unlikely receiving yardage leader
TELos Angeles Rams
December 10, 2020
Higbee secured both of his targets for 34 yards in the Rams' 24-3 win over the Patriots on Thursday night.
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