|ADP:||Round: 7, Pick: 10|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 216 lb.|
|Born:||January 18, 1999|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 2 (33)|
Higgins is no longer bothered by his hamstring injury from the end of last season, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Analysis: He technically played all 16 games as a rookie, but he was eased into action with 15 snaps Week 1, while the hamstring injury limited him to three snaps in the season finale. Over the 14 games in between, Higgins averaged 4.8 catches for 64.9 yards on 7.6 targets, scoring six TDs and putting up solid efficiency stats (62.6 percent catch rate, 8.5 YPT) despite playing for a four-win team that scored 19.4 points per game (29th). With A.J. Green and his 104 targets from last season now out of the picture, Higgins should take on an even larger role in the Cincinnati offense. The 22-year-old wideout has been working out in Arizona and should be a full-go for any team offseason activities.
Higgins (hamstring) finished his rookie season with 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns on 108 targets.
Analysis: Higgins played all 16 games, though he took just 15 snaps in Week 1 and three snaps in Week 17. In the eight games he and Joe Burrow both started and finished, Higgins averaged 5.0 catches for 75.4 yards and 0.5 TDs. The young wideout then averaged 4.8 catches for 55.8 yards and 0.4 TDs while playing with backup quarterbacks Weeks 12-16, before injuring his hamstring in the first quarter of the season finale. Higgins should return to health long before Burrow, who will be about 10 months removed from tearing his ACL when the 2021 regular season kicks off.
Higgins was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Prior to his first-quarter exit from the contest, Higgins did not record a catch, while logging one target. In his absence, Alex Erickson is next up for extra Week 17 snaps.
Higgins (hamstring) doesn't carry a Week 17 injury designation after practicing fully Friday.
Analysis: That's also the case for Tyler Boyd (concussion), meaning the Bengals will have their top wide receivers available for Sunday's season finale against the Ravens. Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com, Higgins managed a hamstring issue prior to Friday's full practice session, but now that's been cleared for Week 17 action, the 2020 second-rounder will look to maintain the chemistry he displayed with QB Brandon Allen in Week 16, when he logged six catches on nine targets for 99 yards and a TD in Cincinnati's 37-31 win over the Texans.
Higgins (hamstring) is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 21-year-old has been limited at practice this week due to the hamstring issue, but it isn't expected to affect his availability for Sunday. It's unclear if Higgins will practice fully Friday or avoid the questionable tag, but his status doesn't appear to be in doubt for the season finale.
Higgins (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: What Higgins is able to do at practice Friday should determine whether he approaches Sunday's game against the Ravens with an injury designation or cleared for Week 17 action. The same applies to fellow wide receiver Tyler Boyd (concussion), with Alex Erickson next up for extra snaps if either Higgins or Boyd are out or limited this weekend.
Higgins (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While logging an 84 percent snap share in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Texans, Higgins caught six passes on nine targets for 99 yards and a TD. With no reported setbacks in that contest, it's possible that the wideout's limitations were maintenance-related, given that Higgins dealt with a hamstring issue a few weeks ago.
Higgins recorded six receptions on nine targets for 99 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Texans.
Analysis: Higgins entered the team's Week 16 contest having combined to record 206 receiving yards across his last five games -- never eclipsing 60 yards in a single contest. However, he torched the Texans for a couple big plays of 30 and 22 yards. Higgins also found the end zone for the sixth time on the season on an impressive, toe-tapping 20-yard catch midway through the third quarter. He and the Bengals will look to turn in another impressive performance to close the season in Week 17 against the Ravens.
Higgins secured three of six targets for 31 yards in the Bengals' 27-17 win over the Steelers on Monday night.
Analysis: Ryan Finley threw for just 89 yards overall, so Higgins' modest yardage total has to be kept in context. The rookie actually paced the Bengals in receptions on the night, but he saw a three-game streak of five receptions apiece snapped. Higgins hasn't crossed the 56-yard threshold in the four-plus games he's now played without Joe Burrow (knee), but he'll look to capitalize on a weakened Texans secondary in a Week 16 matchup.
Higgins recorded five receptions on eight targets for 49 yards in Week 14 against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Higgins finished second on the team with eight targets, as only Tyler Boyd surpassed him. While he didn't turn that into massive production, Higgins did manage to turn in receptions of 18 and 15 yards. While Higgins has flashed promise throughout his rookie campaign, he has failed to surpass 60 yards in any game since Joe Burrow's (knee) absence. Depending on the health of their secondary, Higgins could face a tough matchup in Week 15 against the Steelers.
Higgins (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: The standout rookie receiver tweaked his hamstring during the late stages of last Sunday's loss to Miami, rendering him a limited practice participant throughout this week. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Saturday that Higgins would likely be able to go against Dallas, and his outlook during pregame workouts has seemingly confirmed that forecast. The 21-year-old has his name in the mix for Offensive Rookie of the Year, having posted 53 receptions for 729 yards and five touchdowns through 12 appearances.
Higgins (hamstring), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The rookie second-round pick suffered the hamstring injury during the Week 13 loss to the Dolphins and was limited at practice all week, but it appears he'll be good to go for Sunday's contest. Higgins has caught 10 of 13 targets for 100 yards and one touchdowns in the two games since quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) was lost for the season.
Higgins (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Higgins injured his hamstring near the conclusion of the Bengals' Week 13 loss at Miami, resulting in limitations on his practice reps all week. He'll thus enter the weekend with a cloud hanging over his head, but fortunately for fantasy managers Cincinnati's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff will allow them to pivot to other options if Higgins needs to miss his first game of the season.
Higgins (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: The fact that Higgins has been able to practice two straight days, albeit in a limited fashion, suggests that he'll be a go Sunday against the Cowboys. Friday's injury report should result in the wideout either being listed as questionable for the contest, or free from a Week 14 injury designation altogether.
Higgins (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The wideout tweaked his hamstring while jumping over a player at the end of the Bengals' Week 13 loss to the Dolphins, but the report notes that Higgins "was going through individual drills (Wednesday), which is a good sign." We'll revisit his status Thursday to see if there's any change in his practice participation level.
Higgins secured five of seven targets for 56 yards in the Bengals' 19-7 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also reported having tweaked his hamstring leaping over a defender at the end of the contest, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The extent of Higgins' injury remains to be seen, but it was otherwise encouraging to see him put together a serviceable stat line despite playing with a pair of questionable quarterbacks in Brandon Allen (chest) and Ryan Finley against a tough Miami secondary. Higgins ultimately checked in second in receiving yardage to the ejected Tyler Boyd and in catches to tight end Drew Sample, who saw plenty of short-area looks in the latter's absence. The most explosive aspect of Higgins' game -- his downfield role -- is certainly compromised without Joe Burrow (IR-knee) under center, but his immense talent keeps him in fantasy consideration each week. If healthy, he'll look to exploit a favorable matchup versus the Cowboys in Week 13 while potentially working with Finley as his quarterback.
Higgins caught all five of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Higgins led the team in receptions and receiving yards while finishing second in targets. He made a one-yard touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter to keep his team in the game, giving him three scores in his last five games and five for the season. Higgins' ability to produce with Brandon Allen at quarterback is a positive sign for his fantasy outlook, but the duo will face a tough challenge next Sunday against a talented Dolphins defense.
Higgins caught three of 10 targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Higgins wasn't on the same page with Joe Burrow in the first half, and things only got worse when Ryan Finley took over under center after Burrow was carted off with a season-ending knee injury. Despite finishing only one target shy of Tyler Boyd's team-leading total, Higgins ranked fifth on the team in yards. With the downgrade from Burrow to Finley moving forward, it's possible that the momentum from Higgins' promising rookie season will grind to a screeching halt against the Giants in Week 12 and beyond. Finley threw for just 30 yards and an interception in almost a half of action, but it's worth seeing whether he's able to bounce back with some starter's reps under his belt before cutting bait with any of Cincinnati's prominent pass-catchers.
Higgins (illness) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against Washington, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Higgins sat out Thursday's session after falling ill, but his ability to take every rep in practice a day later erases any concern about his status heading into the weekend. With no fewer than 60 receiving yards or four receptions in each of his last six outings, Higgins has seemingly surpassed A.J. Green as a more valuable fantasy option in the Bengals' passing game.
Higgins (illness) returned to practice Friday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins missed Thursday's session, but his return to the field Friday bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against Washington. Whether he approaches the contest minus a Week 11 injury designation will be revealed later Friday.
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