It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We’ve run through 20 quarterbacks and 40 running backs; that means it’s time to get to the deepest and most varied position! That’s right, we’re on to the wide receivers! It’s been a rough couple of years for Tyler Boyd, at least from a “hey when do we get a second football on the field?” perspective. The Bengals added two more talented WRs in the last two drafts. Where does that leave 2021 Tyler Boyd for fantasy football?
Tyler Boyd ADP & AAV:
Average Draft Position (HPPR): WR34, Pick 87
Average Auction Value: $1.2 (T-WR51)
Tyler Boyd Statistics:
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2021 Tyler Boyd Fantasy Football Overview:
Tyler Boyd is an interesting case. In a position group that has seen big ADP swings from Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase, Boyd’s stayed pretty steady: around Pick 85 and WR33…ish.
To be honest, I can’t put my feelings on Boyd better than I did in the Sleeper, Breakout, and Bust article I wrote about a month ago. Sue me if you think this is self-plagiarism here:
“Things don’t look great for Tyler Boyd. He isn’t the flashiest Joe Burrow target this year, nor is he the most reliable. Higgins is flashier, and Joe Burrow leaned on Ja’Marr Chase to absolutely torch the NCAA in 2019. All Boyd really had was… opportunity. And that’s going to dry up a lot this year. The Cincinnati Bengals have to figure out a way to get all of these guys targets (and they can, just look at Dallas), but someone has to come in third. For my money, it’s Tyler Boyd, and it isn’t even close. He isn’t efficient with his targets, ranking outside the top-70 in yards per target and yards per reception last season. According to PlayerProfiler.com, he fell outside the top-70 in advanced metrics like contested catch rate, and QBR per target, as well.”
2021 Tyler Boyd Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
At his auction value, sure, go get Tyler Boyd. But, you’re not gaining a lot getting Boyd instead of Tee Higgins a round prior, or Ja’Marr Chase five picks earlier in a snake draft. Both of those guys have top-25 potential. All Boyd had for years was an opportunity, and adding Higgins & Chase in back-to-back years certainly signals to me that the opportunity well is drying up quickly for Boyd.
Best Case Scenario:
The offensive line is as bad as it ever was, leaving Joe Burrow running for his life and dumping off to Tyler Boyd. He turns in a 2020 JuJu Smith-Schuster performance.
Worst Case Scenario:
The Bengals are good, and Boyd booms here, and there, but you could have just taken Ja’Marr Chase, instead. Chase wins Offensive Rookie of the Year in an upset, and Tyler Boyd turns in a 2020 JuJu Smith-Schuster performance.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]
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