The Top 50 Series profiles individuals currently occupying a spot in the top-50 2021 Startup Dynasty ADP over on DLF. In Dynasty, there are certain players that tend to hold more uncertainty or are more divisive than others. The Top 50 Series takes a deep dive into the player’s career performance to date as well as his dynasty outlook for 2021 and beyond. We kick it off with the Top 50 Series with Bengals’ WR Tee Higgins.
Top 50 Series – Tee Higgins
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Height: 6′ 4″
Clemson WR Tee Higgins was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 33rd overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft. With the pick, the Bengals made Higgins the eighth wide receiver selected in 2020.
Higgins spent three seasons at Clemson appearing in a total of 37 games. In his 37 games as a Tiger, Higgins totaled 135 receptions for 2,448 yards and scored 27 touchdowns. His best season came in his 2019 junior campaign where he posted 59 grabs for 1,167 yards and scored 13 times.
In his rookie season as a Bengal, Higgins saw 108 targets and came away 67 catches for 908 yards and 6 touchdowns. His 2020 season likely would have been even more impressive had he not lost his starting QB Joe Burrow for the season in Week 10.
With Burrow, Higgins averaged 4.3 receptions for 62.9 yards compared 4 catches and 46.5 yards without Burrow under center. Higgins scored 4 TDs with Burrow compared to 2 without him, and his yards/target were 8.86 with Joe compared to 7.54 without him. Higgins was WR23 through the first 10 weeks and WR45 from Week 11 through 17. Overall on his rookie season, Higgins came in at WR28.
Tee Higgins 2021 & Beyond
Tee Higgins was an excellent candidate for a breakout season before the Bengals selected Ja’Marr Chase in the first round. Now his immediate future is somewhat clouded. Higgins, with Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate, is better for fantasy than Higgins with Boyd and Chase. Regardless, Higgins holds mid-to-upper WR2 value as a ceiling in 2021 and a very respectable and likely startable floor.
His future beyond 2021 is bright. He will be under contract for two more seasons post 2021, as will Tyler Boyd. It is likely that the Bengals look to lock up Higgins and let Boyd walk away.
Higgins posted five WR1 level games as a rookie, with four of them occurring in the first 10 weeks of the season with Burrow on the field. His ceiling is undeniably lower with Chase in town, but his ceiling is still significantly higher than his 2020 numbers. Higgins is a legitimate fantasy WR2 and he is priced as a WR3.
I currently have him ranked 30th, and he is my 15th ranked WR in my 1QB start-up PPR rankings. The RotoHeat consensus rankings have Higgins at 33rd overall.
The DLF ADP of 50th is too low in my opinion, and there is an excellent chance of a nice return on your investment if you can acquire Higgins at this price. If you have yet to complete your rookie draft and are looking to trade some picks for Tee Higgins, I would be willing to move any pick from 1.04 down in 1QB, and pick 1.08 down in a Super-flex league.
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