Tyler Boyd Injury Update Could Be Huge Boost for Tee Higgins Fantasy Outlook in Week 16

Jason Schandl
Tee Higgins' Week 16 fantasy outlook could skyrocket following Tyler Boyd's injury update.
Tee Higgins' Week 16 fantasy outlook could skyrocket following Tyler Boyd's injury update. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals' Monday Night Football win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was nothing short of shocking. It wasn't all good news for the Bengals though, as Tyler Boyd suffered a concussion in the victory.

There's no word yet on whether he's expected to return in time for Week 16. If he doesn't, Tee Higgins' fantasy outlook will get a huge boost just in time for most league's championship games.

Tyler Boyd Injury Update

Boyd made it through just 11 snaps before getting hurt in Week 15, but he had clearly established himself as the Bengals' WR1 before that.

Excluding Week 13 (when he also got banged up), Boyd had played over 80% of Cincy's offensive snaps in his last four full games, averaging 8.5 targets per game. Vacating that kind of volume means plenty of extra opportunities will be available for the other wideouts.

Tee Higgins Fantasy Outlook

With Boyd leaving early, Higgins led the Bengals in targets on Monday. Racking up 6 may not seem like a lot, but that came with Ryan Findlay throwing the ball just 17 times. No other Bengal had more than 3 targets.

Higgins also played 90% of the offensive snaps and led the team with 8 targets in Week 13, when Boyd also didn't make it through the full game.

Higgins should be the Bengals' clear top receiver in Week 16. He also gets a plus matchup against the Houston Texans, who check in at 29th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric and have allowed the 10th-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

High volume and a favorable matchup are a great combination for fantasy football value.

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