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2021 Dynasty Football Profile: Tee Higgins

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Welcome Fantasy Football fiends to the 2021 Dynasty Football Profile: Tee Higgins. Every week we have been rolling out a series of posts on players entering their second year in the NFL. Stay tuned for more dynasty player profiles in the coming weeks.

Tee Higgins was a huge surprise last year, finishing as WR28. Will he be able to build upon his rookie season? Does the addition of Ja’Marr Chase hinder his dynasty outlook?

Find it all below in the 2021 Dynasty Football Profile: Tee Higgins.

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Welcome everyone to the 2021 Dynasty Football Profile: Tee Higgins. In this article, I will be going over his value in dynasty leagues. First off, I will be going over his draft capital/profile.

Draft Capital/Profile

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At Clemson, Tee Higgins was a touchdown machine. In 37 career college games, Tee Higgins scored 27 touchdowns. He broke out as a sophomore, catching 59 balls (1st among Clemson receivers) for 936 yards (2nd). He also added 12 touchdowns that year (1st). Starting in his sophomore year, he was the “guy” for Clemson, with only Justyn Ross (Future Stud) getting more receiving yards (1,000).

Tee Higgins’s junior year was even more impressive. His stat line was 59-1167-13. This time he lead the team in yards but not catches(Justyn Ross).

Not a burner by any means (4.59 40-yard dash), but knows how to get open on the deep routes. Tee Higgins had a 19.8 college YPR (93rd percentile). According to PlayerProfiler.com, Tee Higgins had a breakout age of 18.6 (96th percentile). If you follow player profiler at all (do it, they’re great), this is why everyone fell in love with Higgins.

Tee Higgins ended up being the seventh wide receiver taken in the 2020 draft (Round 2, Pick 33). This was behind rookies like Jaelen Reagor and Henry Ruggs. He outperformed both of these wide receivers as rookies. He actually outperformed all the rookies picked ahead of him, except for Justin Jefferson and CeeDee Lamb. All of this leads me into his rookie season.

Rookie Season

As I said above, Tee Higgins outperformed most of the wideouts taken ahead of him, which honestly surprised a decent amount of people. He ended the season as WR28, and this was without Burrow for the last six games. Higgins was targeted 108 times, caught 67 of them for 908 yards and 6 touchdowns. With Burrow at the helm, Higgins had 8+ targets in six of the eleven games he played. He also topped 70 yards or more in five of the eleven games with Burrow.

Tee Higgins ended up being Burrow’s favorite deep target (24 deep targets, 10th in the league). I would like to think this continues in his future, but the Bengals did some things in the offseason that can hinder this. Up next are the off-season changes that most certainly are going to affect Tee Higgins as we continue the 2021 Dynasty Football Profile: Tee Higgins.

Offseason Changes

In a stunning move, the Bengals selected Ja’Marr Chase instead of Penei Sewell in this year’s draft. Stunning because Burrow was under pressure a ton in 2020 and had his season ruined because of a sack. This will make the offense deadly, but for Tee Higgins, this hurts.

Other than Chase being drafted, the only other real offseason changes are Gio Bernard leaving, and the hope that Joe Burrow has recovered fully.

2021 Role

The addition of Chase makes this a difficult one for Tee Higgins. I still think he will be a fine Fantasy Football contributor, but I don’t think he will be taking a huge leap in his second year. Used significantly as the deep threat in 2020, Tee Higgins’s role might be in jeopardy thanks to Ja’Marr Chase.

If anything, Tee Higgins will get the role that A.J. Green had last year. Not a great role, but he should be seeing at least 100 targets in 2021. His numbers will be inconsistent, and I don’t see him as anything more than a high-end WR3 (25-36).

He is currently going as WR18 according to fantasydata.com. At this price, I would be avoiding Tee Higgins. This is way too high for me to be drafting him, especially with Chase there and Boyd getting the slot targets. Not to mention, Joe Mixon is going to be coming back better than ever. They are going to want to use him in the passing game too.

Please don’t be reaching on Higgins.

Issues

See, off-season changes. First off, Ja’Marr Chase is an alpha wide receiver and has incredible chemistry with Joe Burrow. He will be taking over as the WR1 in Cincy sooner rather than later. I’m thinking it will happen in 2021.

Secondly, Joe Mixon will be back and on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. He will be stealing some targets away from Higgins more than likely. These are two very alarming things for Tee Higgins’ future, which leads me into his role in 2022 and beyond.

2022 and Beyond

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Tee Higgins’ future looks a lot like it does for 2021. He will lose out on WR1 to Ja’Marr Chase and will be used as a stretch-the-field type of guy. Like I said earlier, a high-end WR3 at best. At worst, he is a boom-or-bust WR3/Flex option.

Until Boyd leaves (3 years left), I don’t see this changing. He is going as WR18 in dynasty, but please don’t reach on him that early. You might be able to buy him super low because of the Chase draft, but I doubt it.



In conclusion, Tee Higgins’ value took quite a hit because of Ja’Marr Chase. He is being drafted way too high, and hopefully, I tempered your expectations on him.


Thank you for reading the 2021 Dynasty Football Profile: Tee Higgins. Come back next week for J.K. Dobbins and Jerry Jeudy. Check out the rest of our 2021 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers!

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