Tyler Boyd’s 2018 breakout campaign was seen as a surprise to most. After a disastrous 2017 sophomore season where he seemed to be phased out of the offense, Boyd came back with a vengeance in his third year. He has quickly established himself as one of the top slot wide receivers in the league and showed flashes of number one potential if called upon. Boyd averaged 7.7 targets (good for 22% target share,) 5.4 receptions and 73.4 yards per game in 2018.
I like to think of Boyd as a smooth receiver. As you can see in the #NerdNotes breakdown, he does not possess elite speed, quickness, or stature as an imposing figure on the outside. Boyd not only makes up for that with high level route running, hands and body control, he’s a very intelligent wideout that plays with toughness.
The addition of Zac Taylor should be seen as a win for the wideout entering into his 4th season and an aging AJ Green in the number one role still will command attention, providing opportunity for Boyd to make plays. In watching how the Rams used the trio of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, one can only assume Boyd will slide into the Kupp or Woods role and should be equally as productive even with Andy Dalton operating under center. The Bengals still have an elite running back in Joe Mixon and AJ Green still is one of the best in the league when healthy. Boyd should again command 100 plus targets and if he hits that threshold will be a locked-in WR2 in PPR formats. He’s still only 24 years old, and is oozing with potential.
Boyd’s contract is up at the end of this season and if the Bengals are smart they will sign him to an extension before the season kicks-off. Dynasty owners should get the best out of him this year and your window to buy him at a relatively reasonable price may soon be closing. Do I think Boyd is a true week-in-week-out WR1 for fantasy? No, I don’t see that, but I do think he’s a high-end WR2 that will certainly give you WR1 weeks. The Bengals didn’t do much to add competition to their receiving group this off-season and Boyd should remain an integral part of that offense in conjunction with AJ Green and Joe Mixon. I’d be comfortable giving up a late 2019 rookie first to acquire him as I don’t think any rookie wideout in that range will give you 80 plus receptions and 1000 yards year one. Buy Boyd and thank me later. Be on the lookout for more Nerd Notes coming soon!Follow @RayGQue Tweets by RayGQue
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