LA Rams veteran tight end Tyler Higbee comes in at number 16 among my player rankings for the tight end position. Consider this, last season he totaled 61 receptions on 85 targets but over the final four games he amassed more than 34 percent of those targets and more than 36 percent of his receptions
In the playoffs, in two of three games, he had four or fewer targets. For the remaining game, he had seven targets. My concern with Higbee is consistency. Sure, you might have a game as he had in Week 17, where he had two touchdowns on eight targets but he also had five games where he caught three or fewer passes.
Higbee is not a plug-and-play option for your every-week tight end. I do believe he could be a great streaming option if you roll that way or simply miss out on getting any of the top tight ends and decide to stream the position as the draft moves along.
Draft Higbee in Round 9
I mentioned the number of games with three or fewer receptions but on the flip side of that, he had seven games of five or more receptions, so if you get him with the right matchup, he could have a decent day for you. The trick is, trying to guess which week he is Super Tyler and which week he is Forgettable Tyler.
Tight ends are not typically players you count on to carry your team anyways, so if you do decide to draft him and just leave him in your starting spot week after week, you could do worst but there will be weeks you’ll be disappointed. For me, there are several tight ends ahead of him that you’ll be able to grab and with greater upside, such as Pittsburgh Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth, Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox or Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki.
Also, don’t forget that Higbee sustained a knee injury that kept him out of the Super Bowl. He is currently rehabbing and is expected to return in time for the season but there is always a risk in drafting a player coming off an injury. That injury and rehab is something that we will be keeping a close eye on this offseason.