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Higgins will be a polarizing Fantasy option this season given his contract situation, his injury-plagued 2023 campaign, and concerns over Joe Burrow's injury status. But as long as he's ready for Week 1, Higgins should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 3 and no later than Round 5. In June, Higgins signed the franchise tag placed on him in February, which means he should report for training camp on time. He will make $21.8 million on the one-year tag, and hopefully the motivation of a new contract will help improve his Fantasy stock. That said, he still has plenty to prove, including putting 2023 behind him when he played just 12 games and averaged a career-low 11.5 PPR points per game. It didn't help that Burrow missed the final seven games of the season with a wrist injury, but Higgins still had four games with at least 19 PPR points. Higgins also scored at least 13.8 PPR points per game in each of the previous two seasons, and he's capable of reaching that level of production again. Keep an eye on Higgins heading into training camp, and hopefully he's ready to put up a big season with potentially a lot of money on the line.

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2023 42 656 15.62 5 0.00 917.6
2022 74 1029 13.91 7 0.00 1408.8
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Signs franchise tag

    Higgins signed his franchise tag with the Bengals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Higgins now figures to report for the start of training camp and will make $21.8 million on a one-year tag. Schefter's report indicates it's unlikely Higgins and the Bengals will come to terms on a long-term deal, potentially making this his last campaign with the team as they push for another Super Bowl appearance. He missed five full games and parts of two others last season, finishing with career lows in every major counting stat even as he averaged a career-high 15.6 yards per catch. Higgins missed three games total over his first three seasons and had at least 908 receiving yards and six touchdowns each year.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Not at OTAs, as expected

    Higgins and teammate Ja'Marr Chase are not present at voluntary OTAs on Tuesday, Ben Baby of ESPN reports. Higgins still hasn't signed the franchise tag Cincinnati placed on him back in February, and with Chase also eligible for an extension, both of the Bengals' top wideouts appear to be vying for new deals. Until Higgins signs the franchise tag, he won't be eligible to report for organized team activities. He formally requested a trade after having the franchise tag placed on him but has since indicated he anticipates suiting up for the Bengals for the 2024 season, and coach Zac Taylor plainly stated that he's not worried about the absence of either Higgins or Chase at this time.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Not expected for start of OTAs

    Higgins is not expected to sign his franchise tender by the end of the week, which will make him ineligible to report in time for the start of OTAs next week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Higgins formally requested a trade from Cincinnati after the team placed the franchise tag on him prior to free agency. He appeared to have a change of heart in April, as the wideout hinted that he anticipated playing for the Bengals in 2024 at his youth camp, per Ben Baby of ESPN.com. It remains to be seen if that will occur via the franchise tag or the long-term extension the pass catcher has been seeking. As of now, it looks like this conflict will linger into OTAs.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Expected to receive franchise tag

    The Bengals informed Higgins (hamstring) on Friday that he will receive the franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. With the tag deadline still a week away, the Bengals have skipped negotiations for a long-term deal by letting Higgins know he will be franchised. A new contract still is a possibility, but this is apparently the most likely route as of now. The 25-year-old battled injuries during his fourth season in Cincinnati en route to career lows in yards (656) and touchdowns (five) in 12 games.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Won't play Sunday

    Higgins (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's season finale against the Browns. With the Bengals eliminated from playoff contention, Higgins will sit this one out, thus finishing his 2023 campaign with 42 catches for 656 yards and five touchdowns on 76 targets in 12 games. The 2020 second-rounder is eligible for free agency this offseason and his contract situation with the franchise will be something to monitor in the coming months. In his absence Sunday, added Week 18 snaps alongside Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will be available for Trenton Irwin, Andrei Iosivas, Charlie Jones and Stanley Morgan.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Misses another practice

    Higgins (hamstring) remained sidelined at practice Thursday. Higgins also didn't practice Wednesday, so he'll presumably need to practice fully Friday in order to avoid approaching Sunday's game against the Browns with an injury designation. On the plus side for the Bengals' Week 18 wideout corps, Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) participated fully in Thursday's practice.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Misses practice Wednesday

    Higgins (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Baby previously noted that both Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) were spotted in uniform stretching prior to the session, but Higgins was ultimately deemed a non-participant, while Chase was a limited participant. Higgins now has two more chances to practice ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Browns, and he'll presumably need to upgrade to full activity by Friday in order to avoid a Week 18 injury designation.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Limited by injury in Week 17

    Higgins recorded one reception on two targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Chiefs. Higgins made a 19-yard reception on the Bengals' first possession, but he was held out of the game for a lengthy period of time due to a hamstring injury. While he was able to re-enter the contest, it's doubtful he was playing at close to full health. That puts him in a questionable position to take the field in a Week 18 matchup against the Browns, particularly with the Bengals eliminated from playoff contention.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Back in Sunday's game

    Higgins (hamstring) has returned to Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Higgins previously left the contest with a left hamstring injury, but the wideout was able to return to action in the third quarter. Prior to his earlier departure versus Kansas City, Higgins had caught his only target for 19 yards.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Injures hamstring Sunday

    Higgins was forced out of Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a left hamstring injury. Prior to his exit from the contest, Higgins caught his only target for 19 yards. In his absence, Tyler Boyd, Andrei Iosivas, Trenton Irwin and Charlie Jones are available to handle wide receiver snaps behind top option Ja'Marr Chase.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Scores 80-yard TD in loss

    Higgins caught five of eight targets for 140 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 34-11 loss to the Steelers. Higgins had just two targets in the first half. He caught one for a 23-yard gain, and the other fell incomplete in the end zone on fourth-and-1 from the 5-yard line. Higgins' third target came on Cincinnati's first offensive play after halftime, and he took it to the house for an 80-yard touchdown. That was the start of a strong second half from Higgins, which was too little, too late for the Bengals, who dropped to 8-7 heading into a difficult Week 16 road matchup against the Chiefs. It remains to be seen if Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) will be available to reclaim his starting role opposite Higgins in Kansas City after missing Saturday's loss.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Start Him (Lineup Decisions)

    Jake Browning came alive last week because he started pelting Higgins with targets, pushing his passing metrics to new season-highs while Higgins himself reaped a near-30% target share in the fourth quarter and overtime (some of that with Ja'Marr Chase on the field). Chase is out for at least one game, paving the way for Higgins to be the Bengals' top receiver. While it's possible, if not likely, for Joey Porter Jr. to shadow Higgins in coverage, it's definite that the Steelers will start two new safeties. Higgins is also the big-bodied type of receiver who can pull down contested catches against anybody. Really it's the opportunity to see a ton of targets from a better-than-expected quarterback that gives Higgins appeal as a WR2 ahead of Terry McLaurin, Zay Flowers and any Steelers WR.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: WRs to Start

    If Higgins wants to get a big contract this offseason, then this is a great week to prove himself as an impending free agent. With Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) not expected to play in Week 16 at Pittsburgh, Higgins can show he's an alpha receiver with a strong outing as the No. 1 guy. He looked the part in Week 15 against Minnesota in the game where Chase was injured with four catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets. He now has five games this season with at least eight targets, and he scored at least 19 PPR points in three of them. The Steelers secondary is beat up with both safeties out in Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) and Domatnae Kazee (suspension), and Jake Browning should lean on Higgins in this matchup. He's worth starting as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: WRs to Sit

    In his first game back in Week 13 at Jacksonville after missing three outings with a hamstring injury, Higgins had three catches for 36 yards on three targets. We'll see if things improve in Week 14 against the Colts, but I would only start Ja'Marr Chase in the Bengals passing game right now. Even though Jake Browning looked better against the Jaguars than he did against the Steelers in Week 12, it's still tough to expect him to support two receivers to a high level. And Higgins, even with Joe Burrow (wrist) this season, struggled with just three games with double digits in PPR and one game with a touchdown. Higgins is only worth starting in three-receiver leagues.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Returns to practice Thursday

    Higgins (hamstring) was on the field in full uniform for Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Higgins hadn't practiced in any capacity since Nov. 8, when he was listed as a limited participant for that session before being listed on the injury report as a non-participant for the Bengals' next eight practices. He's missed three straight games along the way, but after getting back on the field Thursday, Higgins is taking a step toward a potential return to action this Monday against the Jaguars. The extent of Higgins' practice participation will be revealed later Thursday, but if he's able to take full reps at some point within the next three days, he should get the green light to play Week 13. If available in Jacksonville, Higgins will be on the receiving end of passes from new starting quarterback Jake Browning for the first time, as Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury Week 11 while Higgins was sidelined.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: May return in Week 13

    Coach Zac Taylor said that Higgins (hamstring) has a chance to return to action next Monday at Jacksonville, Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I think so," Taylor relayed. "We'll see what we can get out of him this week as it goes." Higgins has missed three games since hurting his hamstring in a Nov. 8 practice. The Bengals won't reconvene for practice until Thursday, at which point Higgins could take the first step toward playing again. Until that happens, Trenton Irwin will continue to see an increased role alongside Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd in the team's passing game.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Not seen at Friday's practice

    Higgins (hamstring) wasn't spotted at practice Friday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Higgins didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday either, which clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Steelers. If the wideout is unavailable for a third straight game this weekend, Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Trenton Irwin would be in line to lead the Bengals' receiver corps.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Fails to practice Wednesday

    Higgins (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Head coach Zac Taylor said that some of the Bengals injured players were improving and would return to practice Wednesday. Higgins apparently won't be among that group and thus appears in danger of missing a third straight game when the Bengals face the Steelers on Sunday. He's unlikely to put up his typical numbers whenever he gets healthy, as the Bengals are stuck with Jake Browning under center after Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury during last Thursday's loss at Baltimore.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Won't play versus Texans

    Head coach Zac Taylor said Friday that Higgins (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Texans, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. With Higgins out and Ja'Marr Chase dealing with a back issue ahead of Sunday's contest, look for Tyler Boyd and Trenton Irwin to see added opportunities at receiver this weekend. When Higgins was sidelined by a rib injury Week 5, Irwin stepped into an expanded role behind Chase and caught eight passes on 10 targets for 60 yards, while Boyd logged a 6-39-0 receiving line on seven targets. Higgins' next opportunity to play will arrive this coming Thursday versus the Ravens, but on a short week, he's far from a lock to return to the lineup for that contest.
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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Deemed limited Wednesday

    Higgins was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. Higgins' only prior appearances on the injury report this season were the result of a fractured rib he sustained Week 4, making it unclear if his listed hamstring injury is something he picked up in the Week 9 win over the Bills or during Wednesday's practice. Either way, Higgins' status is now worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's game against the Texans, especially with fellow wideout Ja'Marr Chase having missed Wednesday's session due to a back injury.
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