How to Treat Rams TE Tyler Higbee as Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Target
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A lot of you have probably rostered Tyler Higbee over the past couple years. A lot of you probably have been underwhelmed.
Is this year looking like it’s something different?
Through two games this season, Higbee has 12 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. He’s clearly a top target for quarterback Matthew Stafford, but whether he’s taken the leap to be a reliable fantasy starting TE is a different conversation.
Our experts weigh in on Higbee below, breaking down whether he can be trusted as a starting fantasy TE.
Sean Koerner: Higbee should be viewed as a top-10 TE, at least in the short term. He’s seeing elite underlying usage, with a 87% route run rate and 23.7% target per route run rate through the Rams’ first games.
The tight end position has been extremely volatile when it comes to the players ranked in the TE5-15 range, and Higbee has established himself as one of the safer options.
Chris Raybon: Higbee is a must add for any manager in need of a TE.
Higbee has run a route on 87% of Matthew Stafford’s dropbacks and is second on the team in targets (18), catches (12) and receiving yards (110). Most defenses are reluctant to blitz Stafford, which ensures the Rams will see a lot of zone coverage and allows Higbee to rack up easy catches underneath.