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 continue with the wide receivers. Today, we take a look at Tyler Boyd, who is still good despite the fact that the Bengals drafted two wide receivers who are better in 2020 and 2021. Because of that, Boyd’s spot in the pecking order collapsed, and he’s left without a prime spot in the Bengals offense. But, can we still look to him as having a prime spot on our fantasy football teams?
Tyler Boyd ADP and AAV:
Average Draft Position: WR51, 121 overall
Average Auction Value: $1.0
Tyler Boyd Statistics:
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2022 Tyler Boyd Fantasy Football Overview:
Despite Tyler Boyd ranking 38th in targets last season, he garnered the most slot snaps in the league, and ran the 21st-most routes among wide receivers. But, despite all of this, he still finished as WR32. This is thanks, in part, to just seven red zone targets. This tied him with such luminaries as Jalen Guyton, Nelson Agholor, and Quez Watkins. Boyd was firmly a fantasy football WR3 in all regards last season, ranking 31st in receptions, 34th in receiving yards, and 33rd in touchdowns. While he was the third option in the passing offense, he was the primary beneficiary of the Bengals turning it on down the stretch. Boyd played in three games after the Bengals lost to the 49ers and said they would start to air it out. In those games, he finished as a top-20 wide receiver twice, after finishing inside the top-20 twice from weeks one through fourteen.
But, that’s all speaking of his floor. Tyler Boyd deserves a roster spot because of his nice floor alone. But, he has an incredible ceiling as the handcuff to two top-12 WR (Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins) with one of the better young quarterbacks in the NFL. Granted, his ceiling isn’t as high as many would hope, should one of those two go down, but it’s still substantial. The only question around snagging him as a superbench player comes from the Bengals’ #31-ranked pace of play last season: can he get enough targets to matter? Given the price of admission, I would say that it’s worth a shot.
2022 Tyler Boyd Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
Tyler Boyd is currently $1 in salary cap drafts by average cost and is WR51 off the board, pick 121 overall in snake drafts. His base opportunity for production far outstrips this cost of admission, given his overall production last year, and only one or Tee Higgins & Ja’Marr Chase need to fail to stay healthy to get Tyler Boyd back up to 8+ targets per game. There are few players with Boyd’s pedigree going this late, and he’s a cheap bench stash just to see how Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase start the year. And who knows, a #31 pace of play means they have nowhere to go but up, right?
Best Case Scenario:
Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase quit the NFL to start a podcast network. Their first shows, Chase-ing Down the Truth (a true crime podcast) and Fits to a Tee (a fashion podcast) both dethrone the Joe Rogan Experience. Tyler Boyd finishes with 1,300 yards and ten touchdowns.
Worst Case Scenario:
Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins play all season long, and you wasted a tenth-round pick.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]
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