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Bengals WR Tee Higgins will play in Week 5 vs the Packers

We break down the news that Tee Higgins will start in Week 5

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) takes the field as he’s introduced before the first quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The Ravens led 17-3 at half time. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Sam Greene/The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Friday update: Head coach Zac Taylor says that Tee Higgins has had a good week of practice and will play on Sunday against the Packers, per Ben Baby. He’s a fantasy start for Week 5.

The Cincinnati Bengals may get wide receiver Tee Higgins back this week after he has been able to get in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday, per the injury report. Higgins was able to play in the first two games, scoring a touchdown in both while catching 10-of-15 targets for 118 yards.

A shoulder injury has kept Higgins out of the last two games, which has helped Tyler Boyd and rookie Ja’Marr Chase see a bit more work. If Higgins can return, it would help an offense that looks like it will be without starting running back Joe Mixon.

Fantasy football implications

So far. the rookie Chase has led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns while Boyd is ahead in receptions and targets. Higgins was on pace to be ahead of Boyd on those particular stats if he hadn’t been injured though. This still feels like a group where Higgins and Chase will be the go-to playmakers while Boyd will work underneath more often. All three have fantasy value, especially in a game without Mixon and a 50-point over/under.