Higgins had seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Analysis: Higgins and Joe Burrow found multiple occasions where Higgins had man-to-man coverage on the outside and exploited it. Both the go-ahead touchdown and later a big play on the final clinching drive were under that set-up. Higgins likely will get teammate Ja'Marr Chase back next weekend against the Chiefs, but he's demonstrating that he is a No. 1 receiver and will likely get paid as such this offseason.
Nov 27, 2022 2:32 PM EST
Higgins caught nine passes for 148 yards on 13 targets in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Higgins took a quarter to warm up, but once he got going he was nearly impossible for the Steelers to stop. He briefly left the game after landing hard on his hip right before halftime, but returned and played well in the second half.
Nov 20, 2022 5:07 PM EST
Higgins recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Higgins had a relatively strong performance in the sense that he commanded eight targets on Joe Burrow's 28 pass attempts, and he also led the team in targets, receptions and yards. However, Joe Mixon accounted for five of Cincinnati's touchdowns on the day, leaving Higgins without the chance to reach the end zone. In addition, Cincinnati had a 35-0 lead at halftime, limiting passing volume in the final two quarters. While neither stat line is necessarily an indication of Higgins' quality of play, he has managed only 10 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown combined across two games without Ja'Marr Chase (hip).
Nov 6, 2022 3:40 PM EST
Higgins caught three of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 32-13 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Increased defensive attention in Ja'Marr Chase's (hip) absence gave Higgins trouble in the first half, as he caught only two of five targets for eight yards. He wasn't thrown to again until the Bengals were trailing 32-6 in the fourth quarter, but Higgins salvaged his fantasy night with a 41-yard touchdown catch on his only target of the second half. Higgins' ability to win jump balls downfield gives him a high ceiling week in and week out, and he'll likely see more consistent usage as Joe Burrow's go-to receiver in Week 9 against the Panthers.
Oct 31, 2022 8:51 PM EST
Higgins is expected to step in as the Bengals' top target in the passing game with Ja'Marr Chase (hip) likely to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Chase's expected absence creates a major void in the Cincinnati passing game, as he had been averaging a robust 10.6 targets per game through the first seven weeks of the season. Higgins (6.3 TPG), Tyler Boyd (5.4 TPG) and Hayden Hurst (5.6 TPG) had already seen a fair amount of looks in the passing attack as well, but all three players should see their respective fantasy outlooks improve while the Bengals aim to replace Chase's production. Even while Chase was healthy, Higgins already shaped up as a solid starting option in weekly lineups, and the 23-year-old now profiles as a must-start player in the short term.
Oct 27, 2022 1:54 PM EST
Higgins recorded five receptions on seven targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 25-17 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Higgins finished fourth on the team in targets but was plenty efficient with his opportunity. Three of his five receptions went for more than 20 yards, and he narrowly missed on a bigger performance after being tackled at the one-yard line midway through the third quarter. After a few games being hobbled by an ankle injury, Higgins looked to be closer to full strength -- a good sign for his potential production moving forward.
Oct 23, 2022 5:15 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Athletic writer Jay Morrison reports.
Analysis: Higgins' return to full practice participation is an encouraging development as he tries to shake his lingering ankle issue, and hopefully this marks his full or nearly full recovery from the injury. Higgins should look more like his usual self against Atlanta on Sunday.
Oct 20, 2022 1:54 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Higgins played 86 percent of snaps in Sunday's win over the Saints and caught six of 10 targets for 47 yards. He thus seems likely to handle a full workload this Sunday against the Saints, having seen seven or more targets in each of his four full games this year (he's left early with injuries twice).
Oct 19, 2022 1:25 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) had six receptions (10 targets) for 47 yards in Sunday's 30-26 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Higgins was a game-time decision after injuring his ankle early in last week's loss to Baltimore, so it was encouraging to see him start and finish this contest. The 23-year-old couldn't match teammate Ja'Marr Chase's monster fantasy line (7/132/2), but Higgins churned out a solid game considering his health status coming into the contest. A healthy Higgins could feast on a bottom-five ranked Falcons defense next Sunday.
Oct 16, 2022 3:20 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Analysis: Considered a true game-time decision leading up to Sunday after managing just one limited practice this week due to the ankle injury he aggravated in the Bengals' Oct. 9 loss to the Ravens, Higgins received the green light to play after he looked to be moving around well in pregame warmups, per Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Though the Bengals haven't indicated that Higgins will be on any sort of limited snap count, fantasy managers should keep expectations for the wideout in check while he's presumably playing at somewhere below 100 percent health. With Hayden Hurst (groin) also getting the green light to play Sunday, Cincinnati will have all of its key pass-catching weapons available for quarterback Joe Burrow.
Oct 16, 2022 8:41 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) is a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Bengals won't make a decision about Higgins' status before monitoring him in pregame workouts, so fantasy managers likely won't get confirmation about his availability until inactives are released prior to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The wideout is officially listed as questionable, and he was listed as a limited participant Friday after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday.
Oct 16, 2022 2:41 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints after returning to a limited practice Friday.
Analysis: Per Jay Morrison of The Athletic, Higgins profiles as a game-time decision for the contest, but fortunately for those considering the wideout in Week 6 fantasy lineups, the Bengals kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. If Higgins is out or limited this weekend, Mike Thomas would be in line to see added snaps versus New Orleans alongside Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd.
Oct 14, 2022 12:41 PM EST
Higgins (ankle), who returned to a limited practice Friday, is considered day-to-day ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Per Conway, it seems like Higgins could end up being a game-time decision for the contest and with that in mind it seems likely that the Bengals will list the wideout as 'questionable' for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff versus New Orleans.
Oct 14, 2022 9:53 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) was present for Friday's practice, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: After not practicing both Wednesday and Thursday, Higgins' return to the field Friday is step in the right direction. The Bengals' upcoming injury report will clarify both the wideout's participation level as well as what, if any, injury designation he carries ahead of Sunday's game against the Saints.
Oct 14, 2022 8:26 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) wasn't in uniform for Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The report notes that the wideout headed to the rehab field Thursday, so Higgins is now destined to be listed as a non-participant at practice for the second day in a row. He'll have one more chance to practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Saints, but unless Higgins is able to log a full practice Friday, he figures to head into the weekend with a Week 6 injury designation.
Oct 13, 2022 10:48 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: An earlier report suggested Higgins should practice in some capacity this week, but he starts off as a non-participant following his early exit from a 19-17 loss in Baltimore this past Sunday. A return to practice Thursday or Friday would give Higgins a shot to suit up in New Orleans this Sunday, with Mike Thomas on hand to fill in if that doesn't happen.
Oct 12, 2022 1:27 PM EST
Higgins (ankle) is in line to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Higgins was limited to 10 snaps on offense in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens after aggravating an ankle injury that had limited him in practice last week. Given that the wideout is slated to practice Wednesday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- Higgins has a chance to play this weekend against the Saints, but he'll need to practice fully by the end of the week in order to avoid a Week 6 injury designation.
Oct 12, 2022 10:15 AM EST
Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that Higgins (ankle) is day-to-day, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Higgins aggravated an existing ankle sprain during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens, in which he played just 10 snaps. It's encouraging that the standout receiver was able to avoid a severe injury, but it remains to be see whether Higgins will be able to suit up versus the Saints in Week 6. His status on Wednesday's first official practice report of the week will be illuminating.
Oct 10, 2022 11:19 AM EST
Higgins, who was on the field for 10 snaps on offense in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens, aggravated the ankle injury that had limited him in practice leading up to the contest when he was rolled up on during the first half, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per Morrison, the wideout wasn't able to return to the game after coming off the field during the Bengals' fourth offensive series. Afterward, Higgins downplayed the issue, suggesting that he erred on the side of caution Sunday in order to avoid any further setbacks. With that in mind, Higgins sounds like he hopes to play in Week 6 against the Saints, but he'll likely have his practice reps limited in the coming days.
Oct 10, 2022 10:55 AM EST
Higgins (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Analysis: Higgins' injury was announced early in the second half, but he spent most of the first half on the sidelines as well and didn't record a catch. He was attempting to tough it out after hurting his ankle in Week 4, but the injury appears to be worse than Higgins and the Bengals initially thought.
Oct 9, 2022 7:22 PM EST
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