Tee Higgins 2022 Fantasy Forecast
Tee Higgins was outstanding as a rookie for the Bengals in 2020. Most people thought he would take a step back in the offensive with the arrival of Ja'Marr Chase in 2021, but Higgins got even better. Despite Chase setting rookie receiving records, Higgins increased his targets, repections, yards, and yards per catch numbers and finished as the 24th best wide receiver in fantasy. Most people would be surprised to learn that Higgins actually had more targets per game last season than Chase. He was also extremely efficient, boasting the 10th highest yards per route run in the NFL.
Higgins is still extremely young at only 23 years old and I think he has room to improve and can become an even better WR. From week 10 on he showed the NFL his elite potential. His 17 game pace during those weeks was 95 receptions for 1600 yards and 10 tds.
The Bengals passing attack should be even more explosive in 2022 as the team greatly improved their offensive line by adding tackle La'el Collins, center Ted Karras, and guard Alex Cappa. Pro Football Focus has the Bengals offensive line ranked as the 8th best in the league heading into 2022. In addition, Joe Burrow will be 2 years fully removed from his ACL surgery.
Nearly every season there is a pair of wide receivers from the same team that finish in the top 12 for fantasy football (Keenan Allen and Mike Williams last year). I believe that Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins will be those two guys for the Bengals this season. Even if Higgins doesn't get better and reach his top end potential, his production floor is still close to 1000 yards, 6 tds, and another top 24 WR finish, making him an extremely safe pick as a wide receiver 2 in the 4th rounds of fantasy drafts.