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A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the Top 150 and identify players that should outperform their draft position.
Here is the player who received the most votes:
- Tyler Higbee, by a huge margin
And here are all of the payers mentioned and the reasons why.
Player Receiving 10 Votes
Sigmund Bloom: Higbee was the #1 fantasy tight end for December 2019 once upon a time. Jared Goff and his unimpressive downfield passing game is gone, but so is Gerald Everett, whose absence coincided with Higbee's short-lived breakout. His volume may drop from December 2019 levels, but he should also be in a better offense, with more downfield targets. He is the cheapest tight end with top-six upside.
James Brimacombe: Gerald Everett is now out of town, and Matthew Stafford is instantly an upgrade at the quarterback position. Higbee looks locked into a productive 2021 season just based on those two situations. You can also consider that Cam Akers is now out for the season, which could boost more passing opportunities in the passing game, which could directly affect Higbee. It is now or never for Higbee to produce, and I am willing to give it one more shot with this TE that is coming off of TE9 and TE17 seasons.
Ben Cummins: I’m a believer in the idea that Matthew Stafford will take the Rams’ offense to the next level in 2020, and if so, he’ll be taking Tyler Higbee with. Higbee was an absolute monster down the stretch in 2019. In games that Gerald Everett missed or played little due to injury that season, Higbee averaged 7.9 more targets per game, 6 more receptions per game, 83.2 more receiving yards per game, and 0.3 more TDs per game. Due to football’s small sample size, sometimes we have to wait a bit before a glimpse of being elite turns into sustained production. After sharing time with Everett and dealing with Jared Goff’s lackluster play in 2020, Higbee projects to be unleashed as Stafford and Sean McVay’s main TE this season.
Pat Fitzmaurice: As many of my colleagues have noted, the addition of Matthew Stafford and the departure of Gerald Everett bode well for Higbee, who gave us a tantalizing glimpse of his ceiling when he had a five-game eruption at the end of the 2019 regular season (43 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns).
Victoria Geary: It's hard to disagree with everyone else in identifying Higbee as one of my absolute favorite tight ends for this upcoming season. When teammate Gerald Everett was out for the last five games of the 2019 season, Higbee showed us exactly what he can do as the top tight end option for the Rams. He went on an absolute tear as the TE1 from Weeks 13 through 17, averaging 104 yards, 8.6 targets, and 21.4 PPR points per game. With Everett leaving in free agency and new quarterback Matthew Stafford now at the helm, Higbee has fantastic potential to carve out a consistent weekly fantasy option at the tight end position.
Ryan Hester: Higbee loses competition for targets with Gerald Everett's departure and gains a quarterback capable of distributing the ball to many targets in Matthew Stafford. Rookie hybrid receiver/tight end prospect Jacob Harris caught buzz in OTAs, but he's not nearly the level of competition Everett was. Harris started playing football late in life and still learning the game, let alone one of the hardest positions for rookies to learn.
Andy Hicks: It’s easy to focus on the magnificent performance of Tyler Higbee in the last half of the 2019 season. A detailed look at Higbee’s performance when Gerald Everett was absent at other times illustrates Higbee's potential in 2021 for fantasy managers. The other tight ends on the roster will certainly have a role, but none are genuine receiving targets at this stage of their careers. I believed that Higbee would come back to earth in 2020 with the return of Everett and am ready to jump back on with his former rival now in Seattle.
Troy King: Higbee was a disappointment last year, which is playing a part in where he's currently being valued. With Gerald Everett in SEA and the addition of Stafford, Higbee has a chance to put up TE1 numbers every week. The entire offense is expected to take a step forward this year, and Higbee will be one of the benefactors, especially since the Rams enjoy using 12 personnel.
Matt Waldman: Higbee dealt with hand and elbow injuries early on and didn't play up to massive expectations in 2020 that were based on an incredible 2019 stretch run. Rookie Jacob Harris is a favorite of mine, but he's a 211-pound wide receiver labeled as a tight end whose impressive minicamp is just that, minicamp. Stafford has a history of supporting fantasy production from tight ends less talented than Higbee. Expect Higbee and Matthew Stafford to generate a rapport that will put Higbee closer to his elite potential than what we saw last year.
Ryan Weisse: Higbee's value is a matter of addition and subtraction. The addition of Matt Stafford and the subtraction of Gerald Everett. We all saw what Higbee was capable of in a very small sample back in 2019. Then, everyone got far too excited and overdrafted him last year. Now, after that season of disappointment, his ADP has come full circle. Sean McVay's system has always been friendly to the tight end, and we should see the best of that scheme with Matt Stafford at quarterback.
Player Receiving 6 Votes
Phil Alexander: Hockenson coming off draft boards a full round later than Kyle Pitts, and sometimes behind Mark Andrews, will seem absurd in retrospect when we look back at the 2021 season. He enters the year as the most talented pass-catcher on a team that will have to throw the ball a ton to stay competitive in games. And it can only help that Hockenson operates in the areas of the field where Jared Goff isn't afraid to throw. At his current ADP, you won't find a better floor/ceiling combination from any other tight end.
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