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TE Tyler Higbee - Los Angeles Rams

6-6, 249Born: 1-1-1993College: Western KentuckyDrafted: Round 4

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Week 12: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Rams passing offense had been riding high for a couple weeks in a row before running into a brick wall last week on the road against the Vikings. Jared Goff passed for just 225 yards with no touchdowns as he couldn't get anything going after their first drive of the game. Robert Woods had a decent game with eight receptions from 11 targets for 81 yards, but he injured his shoulder late in the fourth quarter and is now expected to miss at least a couple weeks. Woods is a big loss for the Rams as he has been their top receiver this season and one of the best deep threats in the league. The Rams will look to Sammy Watkins to help fill the void here. Watkins has not been as involved in this offense as many expected this year as he hasn't exceeded three receptions in his past seven games. This week should be a good opportunity for Watkins to step up now that Woods is off the field. Cooper Kupp should also see an uptick in usage and has the best matchup of any Rams receiver this week. The Saints passing defense finally faltered last week as they coughed up 322 passing yards and three receiving touchdowns to the Redskins last week, allowing over 20 points in a game for just the second time since Week 3. They lost Marshon Lattimore early in this game due to an ankle injury. He tried to return in the third quarter but was unable to put full weight on his ankle after just one play. Lattimore has been one of the top cornerbacks in the league and a big key to why the Saints passing defense ranks fourth using DVOA, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers since Week 3. As mentioned before, Cooper Kupp has a good matchup this week against slot cornerback P.J. Williams. Williams had a rough outing last week and has been the worst Saints cornerbacks. Lattimore's status has yet to be determined for this week, but if he misses time, look for Sammy Watkins to see a huge bump in value.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at NYG 50 1 8 1 0 6.8
10 vs HOU 54 2 22 0 0 2.2
11 at MIN 44 1 5 0 0 0.5
12 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

After scoring his first touchdown last week, Higbee had just two receptions and was largely a non-factor in this game. While Higbee continues to be on the field for a significant amount of snaps, the reality is that he is not a focal point of this offensive passing game and is often kept inside to block as Goff utilizes Todd Gurley as his safety valve in the passing game instead of the tight end.

2017 Week 9 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)

Tyler Higbee only saw two targets in this game, but he made the most of them as he scored an 8-yard touchdown on a play that started off a little bit odd as Higbee and Robert Woods ran into each other at the start of the play and Higbee almost fell to the ground. Higbee has seen his role diminish back to where they were early in the season as he had a few weeks in which he was heavily involved in the game plan, but it appears at least for the moment, that he is going to be touchdown reliant even though he is on the field for 78% of the snaps.

2017 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 98 / 0 rec)

Higbee had the best day of any Ram on the offensive side of the ball today falling just short of a 100-yard game. The biggest play came on a 35-yard seam route on the final drive of the game to give the Rams a few shots at the end zone. Higbee has emerged as the top pass-catching tight end option for the Rams and should see his role expand if Watkins and Austin continue to struggle. Higbee tied Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp for the team lead in targets with eight and was able to do more damage than anyone else for the Rams.

2017 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Athletic tight end Tyler Higbee showed up in this game as he had previously been getting snaps, but it had not translated into production on the field. Higbee showed his athletic ability on a 29-yard reception in which he ran a wheel route and Jeff Heath misjudged the speed of Higbee as he tried to come under the route and could not catch up to Higbee when he turned up the field. Higbee went to the ground and was not touched and smartly got back up to pickup another eight yards on the play.

2017 Week 2 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Tyler Higbee was on the field for 81% of the plays but did not see a target in this game.


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