Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
28-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Los Angeles Rams
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Higbee was a divisive player last offseason, after closing out 2019 with 522 receiving yards in the final five games, having benefitted from added snaps and targets while fellow tight end Gerald Everett dealt with a knee injury. Those who worried about Everett's healthy return in 2020 ultimately proved correct, as Higbee sunk to 521 yards in 15 games and saw two fewer targets than his position mate. The question now is if Higbee has post-hype breakout appeal, with Everett departing for Seattle and Matthew Stafford replacing Jared Goff as Rams QB. Nobody will ever confuse Higbee (4.77 40 in 2016) with Darren Waller or Travis Kelce, but the 28-year-old is a sure-handed receiver who also does solid work as both a run and pass blocker. That last part is arguably the biggest downside of Sean McVay's system from a fantasy standpoint, with Higbee losing about 100 snaps per year to pass blocking. It's something he can potentially overcome if he has a three-down role, but we can't be sure that will happen after the Rams used fourth-round picks on tight ends in the last two drafts (Brycen Hopkins, 2020; Jacob Harris, 2021). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $31.03 million contract with the Rams in September of 2019.
Misses May/June practices
TELos Angeles Rams
July 1, 2021
Higbee was sidelined for the Rams' offseason program, according to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com.
ANALYSIS
With no report of an injury, it's possible Higbee simply chose not to participate. He did deal with hand and elbow injuries last season, but he was still able to play in 15 regular-season games and both of the Rams' playoff contests. There's an opportunity for Higbee to see more snaps and targets after Gerald Everett signed with the Seahawks in March, though 2020 fourth-round pick Brycen Hopkins and 2021 fourth-rounder Jacob Harris could challenge for some playing time in passing situations. Higbee caught more than 70 percent of his targets each of the past three seasons, and his impressive efficiency should continue with the Rams upgrading from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford under center.
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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%
23 routes   4 targets
62%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
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
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.
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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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.
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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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