By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Thu, Oct 15th 2020, 9:55am EDT
Despite not being a full-time player until Week 3, Higgins has seen nine targets that have traveled at least 20 yards in the air. There are just eight receivers with more than him on the season. That's massive opportunity from a quarterback who's only going to get better. Unfortunately, he hasn't caught any of them, and the Colts haven't allowed any pass plays of 40-plus yards and have allowed just 13 of 20-plus yards, which ranks as the fifth-fewest in the league. Still, there's reason to get excited for Higgins, as he's led the Bengals in routes run (107) over the last three weeks and has doubled the targets of A.J. Green (24 to 12). We always knew the Bengals drafted him to be the long-term replacement for Green, but that maturation happened much faster than anyone anticipated. He'll see Rock Ya-Sin in coverage most of the time, a second-year cornerback who's struggled at times, as he's allowed a rather-high 14.7 yards per reception in his coverage on the 70 targets he's faced. Still, he's allowed just two touchdowns on them and has been playing well through his three games this year, so it's not a smash spot or anything. But given Higgins' opportunity and role on the team, he's in the WR4 conversation every week and will be startable most weeks. This is not a matchup to get excited about, but knowing he's pretty much locked into six targets, he can be considered a low-end WR3/high-end WR4, especially if Green is not playing or not at 100 percent.