TE Tyler Higbee - Los Angeles Rams
|6-6, 249||Born: 1-1-1993||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2016|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Higbee was an elite fantasy tight end for the second straight week in place of Gerald Everett. If Everett is out again in Week 15 vs Dallas, Higbee should be lineups.
Week 15: at Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Los Angeles Rams, fresh off of back-to-back impressive performances against NFC West competition, bring their high-volume passing attack into Dallas to face off with the Cowboys' struggling defense. Both of Jared Goff's last two games rank in his five most efficient passing days of the 2019 season, according to net yards per attempt, and in a high-volume passing attack like the Rams', Goff's efficiency can put their offense over the top, as a whole. In recent weeks, the Rams have utilized two-wide-receiver sets more than ever under Sean McVay. This change in tendency has led to decreased playing time and utilization for Cooper Kupp recently, with six or fewer targets in four out of his last five games. Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee have emerged as Goff's top-two targets in recent weeks. Woods has posted at least 9 targets and 95 receiving yards in 4 straight, while Higbee has registered back-to-back 7-catch, 100-yard games. On the whole, the Rams' passing attack has posted impressive totals, but the team's struggling offensive line does not make it easy on Jared Goff, whose numbers have rebounded in recent weeks after a significant midseason slump. The Dallas Cowboys' pass defense opened the season very strong, but a handful of poor recent performances have left many skeptical that this team has effectively quit on head coach Jason Garrett. Overall, the Cowboys have faced medial volume on the ground, allowing impressive yardage and touchdown totals, but their inability to force turnovers (only five interceptions this season) is worrying. While their season-long numbers are impressive, allowing the 13th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, recently, they have drifted off, allowing the 8th most to opposing quarterbacks over the last month. They have not faced particularly stiff opposition in recent weeks, losing to Mitchell Trubisky and Josh Allen in disappointing fashion, and they may be in trouble once again this weekend against the Rams' high-volume passing attack. Along the defensive line, Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn have been extremely impressive this season, disrupting the pocket, and their performance this weekend will be critical to the team's pass-defending efforts. In the secondary, cornerback Byron Jones and the team's number-one safety Xavier Woods have been vital to limiting big plays through the air. On the season, the Cowboys have allowed only 3 100-yard receivers, and they will need a strong bounceback performance this weekend to keep the Rams from shredding them for a third straight week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Tyler Higbee's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs SEA (11 / 7 / 116 / 0 rec)
Higbee was a featured element of the Rams passing game for a second week in a row with Gerald Everett out of the lineup again in Week 14 against Seattle. Higbee led the team with 11 targets and was a big play maven with three receptions of more than 20 yards. Higbee won down the sideline as Jared Goff beat the blitz and Higbee surged down to the goal line. Higbee also added a yards-after-catch infused rollout reception for more than 30 yards. The Cowboys are an optimistic tight end matchup next week if Higbee draws another start pending Gerald Everett's status.
2019 Week 13 vs ARI (8 / 7 / 107 / 1 rec)
Higbee drew the start and the opportunity to monopolize tight end targets with Gerald Everett out against Arizona. Higbee took full advantage with a career day, surpassing 100 yards and his first touchdown since Week 1. Higbee had a great connection with Jared Goff as Higbee corralled a deep out strike with full extension for 20 yards and showing chemistry beyond structure on multiple occasions. Higbee added two other chunk gains in the first 20 minutes of the game alone and nearly all of his production game in the first half as the Rams cruised to the win in the second half.
2019 Week 6 vs SF (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Higbee was the leading receiver for the Rams in Week 6 with a mere 25 yards, highlighting their offensive struggling against the formidable 49ers defense. Higbee converted all three of his targets with two of them being short receptions with no yard-after-catch opportunities. Gerald Everett had more targets, including a long pass, after his breakout Week 5 performance, as the more involved and higher-upside tight end compared to the more blocking-centric Higbee.
2019 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
After Higbee saw seven targets last week as the Rams passed the ball nearly 70 times, the all-around tight end had a tempered game as fellow tight end Gerald Everett broke out with a career day. Higbee did not find the box score until the second half and did convert all three of his targets into receptions, including an inside screen for 20 yards. Higbee also had a reception called back by penalty.
2019 Week 2 vs NO (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Higbee corralled a deep crossing route against the Saints as his highlight contribution but sustained a lung injury and was hospitalized as a precaution. If Higbee misses time, Gerald Everett stands to benefit in the wide receiver-centric Rams passing game.
2019 Week 1 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)
Higbee has a new contract, but his snaps were merely a shade above Gerald Everett as a concerning aspect against Carolina. Higbee did find the end zone on a goal line curl route in the fourth quarter, a critical play for the Rams' struggling passing offense in the game. Higbee, more of the blocker compared to Gerald Everett, was fourth on the team in targets and offers minimal big-play upside outside of getting lost by defensive coverage.
Latest NewsRams | Tyler Higbee goes off against Seattle (Mon Dec 9, 03:00 AM) - Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee caught seven of his team-high 11 targets for a career-high 116 yards in Week 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks. link to story Rams | Tyler Higbee tops 100 yards (Sun Dec 1, 10:55 PM) - Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee caught seven of his eight targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. link to story
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