Tyler Boyd's Fantasy Outlook May Be Overlooked in Cincinnati's Offense

Adam Taylor McKillop
Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Tyler Boyd's fantasy outlook may be overlooked in crowded offense.
Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Tyler Boyd's fantasy outlook may be overlooked in crowded offense. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

According to most of the fantasy football experts, Tyler Boyd ranks as the third-highest producing wide receiver on the Cincinnati Bengals roster. That's true in both The Duel's preseason rankings, as well as average draft position (ADP) PPR data provided by FantasyPros.

Boyd checks in as WR37 according to FantasyPros, while both rookie Ja'Marr Chase (WR23) and Tee Higgins (WR29) rank higher. But, according to Bengals beat writer Ben Baby, fantasy owners may be seriously undervaluing Boyd this season.

Tyler Boyd Fantasy Value

It's understandable that fantasy managers are hyped around the reunion of Joe Burrow and his newest rookie target, Chase. However, it's easy to forget just how much Burrow relied on the most veteran member of Cincy's WR depth chart in Boyd.

Even with Burrow's injury, Higgins and Boyd put up almost identical fantasy production last season. Higgins finished as the WR28 in PPR fantasy scoring, while Boyd was WR29. Boyd only appeared in 15 games though, and he had the higher per-game average (12.8 to 12.2).

According to Baby, he expects to see Boyd garner "a ton of catches and a ton of yards" this season. Baby points to Burrow's chemistry with Boyd prior to the injury as the main source of his argument. And, the data backs it up.

From Weeks 1-10, when Burrow was healthy, Boyd ranked as WR13 with 16.1 fantasy points per game. He saw 2 more targets and 12 more receptions than Higgins throughout the year.

At the end of the day, the league is expecting some heavy passing production from the Bengals this year. Chase may own the longest history with Burrow, but we can't forget about how much he relied on Boyd to kick off his NFL career.

Boyd won't always wow fantasy managers with huge yardage, but he's a favorite target for mid-level throws. Don't overlook Boyd in fantasy football, especially with PPR scoring. Boyd checks in as WR34 in The Duel's preseason fantasy rankings.

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