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Tyler Higbee Fantasy Outlook Climbs With Elite Week 1 Volume

Larry Rupp
Tyler Higbee's fantasy outlook climbed following his elite Week 1 volume.
Tyler Higbee's fantasy outlook climbed following his elite Week 1 volume. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

There wasn't much hype surrounding tight end Tyler Higbee heading into fantasy football drafts since he finished No. 16 at his position last season. However, that is certainly set to change after his Week 1 performance.

Higbee's volume as the Los Angeles Rams' No. 1 TE should make his fantasy outlook climb moving forward.

Tyler Higbee Fantasy Outlook

Higbee played every single snap on offense during the Rams' 34-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. He finished the game with 5 receptions on 6 targets for 68 yards. That is a major positive sign given this game was all but out of hand entering the fourth quarter.

The departure of tight end Gerald Everett in free agency has worked wonders on Higbee's workload. The Rams had been dividing work between the two for the last few seasons. However, Higbee was the only tight end to see a target in Week 1 and also posted a route percentage of 96%.

The addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford should take this Rams' passing attack to another level, which only benefits Higbee even more. The 28-year-old hauled in a 37-yard pass during the third quarter that flashed his ability to get open down the field as a deep threat.

Looking ahead, the lack of competition gives Higbee a lot of upside. He may not have been able to find the end zone in Week 1, but his volume alone makes him a must-start player from now on. Higbee has the potential to post consistent TE1 numbers after being drafted as a TE2 in many leagues.

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