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Tyler Higbee: An Under-The-Radar TE with Kupp's Injury

Rams TE Tyler Higbee has largely flown under the radar as a reliable fantasy option at a position where consistency is sorely lacking. While he won’t be the sexiest pick in your draft given his low ADP, his presence on an offense with a still-capable QB and the absence of arguably the league’s top receiving threat makes him a potential value starter in 2023.

Could Tyler Higbee enter the league’s elite at TE when it comes to earning targets?

In the Weeks last year where Matthew Stafford played 100% of snaps (Weeks 1-6, as well as Weeks 8 and 9), Higbee finished 5th in the NFL among tight ends with at least 50 targets in target share (18.5%). The reason that’s significant? That was also when Stafford had Cooper Kupp on the field – and in that span, Kupp had a league-leading 32.1% target share.

With Kupp potentially sidelined to open the season and Van Jefferson the only experienced target competition for Higbee in the Rams offense, the Rams tight end could see a monstrous target share of his own in the early going in 2023. The Rams offense may not have a high ceiling, but as a tight end, Higbee can return great value as a volume-based option.


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