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Cincinnati Bengals: 6 bold predictions vs Ravens in Week 7

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Tee Higgins gains steam in the passing game

The focal point of the Bengals’ passing offense through six weeks has clearly been Ja’Marr Chase. As the rookie phenom begins to draw more focus from opposing defenses, it will leave Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd with lighter coverage and give the Bengals’ other two stud receivers the opportunity they need to thrive.

In Week 7 against the Ravens, I expect Higgins to have his best game of the year.

Two weeks into the season, Higgins seemed to be on equal footing with Chase. The second-year receiver had a 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals’ first two games, and looked to be in a 1a/1b situation with Chase. However, Higgins got injured and missed two weeks, by the time he had come back Chase was on a hot streak.

Despite this, Higgins’ stock is still high going forward. In the Bengals’ four games with all three of their starting receivers active, the former Clemson receiver actually has the highest target share of the trio. While that hasn’t translated into Higgins being the team’s most productive receiver, a big game is bound to come sooner than later.

With Chase likely drawing Marlon Humphrey in coverage, Joe Burrow may have to lean on his fellow second-year player. My projection for Higgins is seven receptions, 105 yards, and a touchdown. If you have the Bengals’ stud receiver in fantasy, feel good putting him into your starting lineup this week as a solid WR2.

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