The Cincinnati Bengals informed impending free-agent wide receiver Tee Higgins on Friday that they will place the franchise tag on him, according to a source. Instead of trying to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Higgins right now, they will place the franchise tag on him by the deadline next week. This was always the most likely outcome for the 25-year-old, who played in just 12 games in 2023 due to injuries. He was a disappointment for fantasy managers, finishing with a career-low 42 catches on 76 targets for 656 yards and five touchdowns. Higgins could certainly bounce back with better health in 2024, but getting out from under the shadow of No. 1 receiver Ja'Marr Chase in Cincinnati would have been the best scenario for Higgins' fantasy value moving forward.
Feb 24, 2024 1:02 PM EST
The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. writes that all indications are pointing to the Cincinnati Bengals using their franchise tag on impending free-agent wide receiver Tee Higgins this offseason. The franchise tag for a receiver for 2024 would cost Cincy $20.7 million. One league source suggested the Bengals could place the tag on Higgins early in the window as a statement acknowledging that no long-term deal will be reached and opening the door for the rest of the league to consider or submit tag-and-trade offers. The team could also tag Higgins again in 2025 but would do so at 120 percent of this year, which would be for $24.8 million. The 25-year-old wideout was a major source of frustration for fantasy managers in 2023, as he played in a career-low 12 games, finishing with 42 catches for 656 yards and only five touchdowns. If he remains in Cincy, his ceiling and floor will be capped as long as he's in the shadow of Ja'Marr Chase.
Feb 13, 2024 12:50 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) is officially inactive for the Week 18 regular season finale on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, as expected. Higgins was listed as doubtful on Friday's final injury report, so fantasy managers should have already been ignoring Higgins everywhere for the final game of the year. The 24-year-old tweaked his hamstring in last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and with the Bengals not having anything to play for in Week 18, they understandably aren't going to let Higgins suit up. He finishes his fourth year in the NFL with his most disappointing season to date, catching 42 passes for 656 yards and five touchdowns on 76 targets over 12 games. Higgins should be able to bounce back in 2024 with better health, but his fantasy value will depend on where he winds up in free agency. Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will be Cincy's top two wideouts on Sunday.
Jan 7, 2024 12:33 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) did not practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful to play in the Week 18 regular season finale on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Higgins didn't practice all week after tweaking his hamstring in the Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Bengals were still in playoff contention, the 24-year-old wideout might have made a bigger push to play, but Cincy doesn't have anything to play for besides pride in this one. Higgins played in only 12 games in his fourth NFL season due to various injuries and finished with career-lows in receptions (42), targets (76), receiving yards (656) and touchdowns (five). It didn't help that quarterback Joe Burrow (wrist) dealt with injuries, too, and didn't play a full season. With Higgins out on Sunday, Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) and Tyler Boyd will be the team's top two wideouts.
Jan 5, 2024 2:39 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) missed the team's practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Higgins injured his hamstring in the Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and is looking unlikely to play in the Week 18 regular season finale on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns with the Bengals eliminated from postseason contention. As of right now, fantasy managers shouldn't anticipate having the 24-year-old available in a game that doesn't matter for either team this weekend. Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) is practicing in full and is expected to play, so he should be quarterback Jake Browning's top target. For those playing in DFS contests in Week 18, Tyler Boyd would become much more attractive as a low-cost sleeper if Higgins is inactive.
Jan 4, 2024 6:38 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) was unable to practice with the team on Wednesday after stretching. Higgins tweaked his hamstring in the Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday and finished with only one reception for 19 yards a week after going off for a 5-140-1 line. The Bengals don't have anything to play for in Week 18 against the Cleveland Browns after getting eliminated from playoff contention in Week 17, so the Bengals won't be in any rush to get Higgins back on the field this weekend. If he doesn't play against Cleveland, Higgins would wrap up a disappointing fourth year with Cincy with 42 receptions for 656 yards and five touchdowns in a career-low 12 games. Tyler Boyd would be the team's No. 2 wideout behind Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) if Higgins ultimately ends up being inactive.
Jan 3, 2024 6:19 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) finished with one catch for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The wideout exited briefly because of a hamstring issue. However, he returned, although it didn't make a difference on the fantasy end. After the game, Higgins reported he injured the same hamstring that kept him out of the lineup earlier in the 2023-24 campaign. As a result, there's a good chance he won't suit up in Week 18 against the Cleveland Browns, especially since Cincinnati can't make the postseason.
Jan 1, 2024 1:23 AM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) returned to Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs. Higgins had three touchdowns in the last two games entering the contest, so he is likely starting in more fantasy lineups than in previous weeks. With the Bengals up four points midway through the third quarter, there's a good chance he'll see more than a few looks from Jake Browning throughout the remainder of the contest.
Dec 31, 2023 6:15 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) exited during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs and is officially questionable to return. At the time of his departure, he had caught one pass for 19 yards. The former second-round pick is fresh off a big game as the Bengals' No. 1 receiver in which he totaled five catches, 140 yards, and one touchdown. Although his role was expected to decrease this week with Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) back in the fold, there was optimism that he could still have standalone value while catching passes from Jake Browning. Fantasy managers certainly hope the talented pass-catcher can return later in this contest.
Dec 31, 2023 5:07 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins hasn't met expectations throughout the 2023-24 campaign. However, the wideout had one of his best performances of the season in the Week 16 loss to the Steelers, catching five passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Of course, with Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) sidelined for that one, Higgins received extra attention from Jake Browning. But with three touchdowns in the last two games, he'll look to keep it going versus the Chiefs in Week 17. Without question, Higgins' fantasy ceiling is higher without Chase in the lineup. On the other hand, he's played well enough recently to warrant a spot in fantasy lineups even if Chase is back on the field.
Dec 29, 2023 11:30 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins caught five of eight targets for 140 yards during the AFC North showdown with the Steelers on Saturday. The wideout also had a touchdown, an 80-yard scoring catch early in the third quarter for his third trip to the end zone in the last two games. Higgins has struggled for most of the 2023-24 campaign. However, he's earned the right to be included in fantasy lineups for the Week 17 road encounter with the Kansas City Chiefs, even if Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) is back in the lineup.
Dec 23, 2023 10:31 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins hasn't had a productive 2023-24 campaign. He's dealt with a few injuries. Additionally, the 24-year-old found the end zone just twice ahead of the meeting with the Vikings. Most fantasy managers had lost hope, so he wasn't included in many starting lineups in Week 15. However, he caught four passes and was targeted eight times versus Minnesota, ending with 61 yards and two touchdowns. He's still hard to trust despite coming off an impressive performance. But with Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) unavailable, Higgins is a must-start.
Dec 22, 2023 10:28 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins finally got his act together in Saturday's narrow victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The wideout collected four of his eight targets, totaling 61 yards. More importantly, he found the end zone twice, one of which was a game-tying touchdown grab in the fourth quarter that would eventually send things to overtime. Without question, many fantasy managers had lost hope that Higgins would do anything meaningful for the remainder of the year. However, those who had him on the bench in Week 15 will certainly reconsider things ahead of the AFC North meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially if Ja'Marr Chase (shoulder) isn't available.
Dec 16, 2023 9:18 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins hasn't played well during the 2023-24 campaign. After two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, the 24-year-old isn't expected to come close to that mark. He's battled injuries all year. But even when Higgins was healthy, he hasn't been a dependable fantasy wideout, considering he's caught more than two passes in just four of his nine appearances. However, Higgins' ceiling remains higher than most, so he at least deserves flex consideration for Saturday's matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.
Dec 15, 2023 8:27 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins caught just two of his four targets in Sunday's victory over the Colts. The wideout couldn't get anything going in Week 14. But in all fairness, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd weren't a factor either, with both men combining for five receptions. Instead, Joe Mixon led the way offensively, with the former Sooner accounting for 21 carries. Nevertheless, Higgins hasn't been a reliable fantasy contributor all season, so he's not an automatic lock for lineups for the Week 15 clash versus the Vikings. On the other hand, he's still as talented as it gets, meaning he at least warrants flex consideration.
Dec 10, 2023 9:15 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins has struggled all year, with the 2020 No. 33 overall pick catching only 30 of his 54 targets for 364 yards. He's also missed time because of various injuries. At this point, fantasy managers will have a tough time placing Higgins in their starting lineups. However, while he's a risky option in Week 14, he could turn things around versus an underwhelming Colts defense.
Dec 9, 2023 12:04 AM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) played a complementary role in his return from a hamstring-related three-game absence during Week 13's wild 34-31 road overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, hauling in all three of his targets for 36 yards. Higgins' biggest impact came when he ran a great route for a clutch grab and an 11-yard gain along the left sideline to help convert a key third down in OT, which later led to a game-winning field goal by kicker Evan McPherson. The 24-year-old star wideout watched as teammate Ja'Marr Chase went off for a 11/149/1 receiving line on Monday. Soon to be further removed from his hamstring injury, Higgins will look to establish some consistency and climb back into the WR2 ranks for a home date with the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday in Week 13.
Dec 5, 2023 1:07 AM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) will play on Monday Night Football in Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Higgins missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury he suffered in practice, but he returned to a full practice on Friday and is now good to go to face the Jags on Monday night. The 24-year-old had his first 100-yard game of the year the last time he was on the field, but that was when quarterback Joe Burrow (wrist) was still healthy. Now that Burrow is done for the year, Higgins' rest-of-the-season fantasy stock will take a pretty big hit while now having to work with Jake Browning. Higgins should take over as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Ja'Marr Chase, but he'll have a much lower ceiling and floor than he did with Burrow around.
Dec 2, 2023 12:53 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice session. The veteran wideout has missed each of the last three games due to a lingering hamstring issue. However, it appears Higgins is trending in the right direction ahead of the Monday night matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His fantasy value is certainly going to take a hit with Jake Browning under center now. At best, Higgins should be considered a WR3 in PPR formats for Week 13. Fantasy managers should check back again this weekend to make sure Higgins is good to go.
Dec 1, 2023 6:21 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) said he felt good at practice on Thursday and that the plan is to play on Monday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, pending how the rest of the week goes. The Bengals practice again on Friday and Saturday before releasing their final injury report for Week 13. Higgins has missed the team's last three games, but he returned to practice on Thursday and appears ready to return this week. The 24-year-old pass-catcher had his first 100-yard game of the year in the Week 9 win over the Buffalo Bills. The following week, quarterback Joe Burrow (wrist) suffered a season-ending injury. Higgins appears to be on track to return on Monday night, but his fantasy stock for the rest of the year has plummeted with Burrow now gone.
Nov 30, 2023 4:17 PM EST