Tyler Boyd Fantasy Outlook Includes Low Cost and High Upside in 2020
Tyler Boyd burst onto the fantasy football scene by posting 76 receptions, 1,028 yards and 7 touchdowns back in 2018 as the top receiving option on a Cincinnati Bengals' offense that only saw AJ Green play nine games. Boyd came back with another 1,000+ yard season in 2019, catching 90 passes and adding 5 touchdowns.
Currently being drafted outside the top 30 wide receivers, Boyd is being underrated while fantasy managers seem to be worried about a crowded Bengals offense and how rookie Joe Burrow will perform in the NFL. Finishing as a top 25 wide receiver the past two years, there is no reason Boyd can't do it again.
It will take time for Burrow and Boyd to develop chemistry, but it's hard to imagine the LSU standout represents a downgrade from journeyman Andy Dalton. With AJ Green and dynamic rookie Tee Higgins alongside him, Boyd should be able to create more space as those two draw coverage deep downfield and drag the safety away from the middle of the field.
The former Pittsburgh Panther operated out of the slot over 60% of the time and finished as the league leader in yards per reception from the slot in 2019. This is a huge advantage when playing with Burrow, as he threw to the slot receiver on over 20% of his passes during his two years at LSU. Justin Jefferson is proof of this as he finished his last season at LSU with 111 receptions, 1,540 yards, and 18 touchdowns while mostly operating out of the slot position.
Boyd saw 147 targets in the first year of Zac Taylor's offense in 2019 and could see a similar amount this year, especially if Burrow wants to succeed early on and get some completed passes under his belt. It isn't out of the realm of possibilities that Boyd could end up having 100+ receptions on the season.
Coming in at No. 35 among the wide recievers in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, Boyd has as much upside as any WR3 being drafted does. His opportunity to develop chemistry with his new quarterback and the consistency he has produced the past two seasons could allow Boyd to easily put up WR2 numbers at the leats while competing to be a borderline WR1 in fantasy leagues this year.
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