WR Tyler Boyd - Cincinnati Bengals

6-1, 197Born: 11-15-1993College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 2, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Boyd was the clear #1 target and got open at will against the 49ers. He's in our lineups every week as a PPR WR2 and WR3/Flex with a high floor in other formats.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Thus far, the debut of new coach and offensive guru Zac Taylor has brought a mixed bag of results. The offensive pace is way up - these Bengals are running nine plays more per game than last year's version - but efficiency hasn't followed. Andy Dalton looked sharp in Week 1, completing 35 of 51 passes for 418 yards and 2 touchdowns. But things fell apart last Sunday, with Dalton looking out of sorts and struggling to make plays down the field. Prior to a long garbage-time touchdown, Dalton had mustered just 245 yards over 41 attempts (an anemic 6.0 average). The team is determined to feed the ball to speedy wideout John Ross in space, sometimes to a fault. Ross has generated a handful of huge plays, including two long touchdowns in the opener and a 66-yard catch-and-run last Sunday. But he remains quite raw as a full-time weapon, struggling with drops and ball control. Tyler Boyd is still the primary option here, working mostly on tough slot routes over the middle. He's a dependable target, and like Ross, he's capable of making things happen on the run. Unfortunately, this attack is too often hampered by one of the league's worst pass-blocking lines. Left tackle Cordy Glenn may return Sunday, but that wouldn't be enough to keep Dalton upright and comfortable. Even though there are some intriguing pieces in place, this is a volatile unit that's difficult to trust. A date with the Bills' smothering secondary isn't ideal at this point in its development. The Buffalo pass defense hasn't been truly tested yet, opening the year against two shaky passing games in in-state matchups. Still, it seems clear this unit hasn't lost its 2018 magic. The Bills boast a strong pass rush, one of the league's best cornerback duos, and a solid set of safeties on the back end. TreDavious White has developed into one of the game's premier cover men, capable of both smothering receivers and making plays on the ball. Levi Wallace has been great on the other side, so working the boundaries is exceptionally tough in this matchup. White and Wallace don't move around the formation, though, and neither will follow Bengals slot man Tyler Boyd inside. That leaves a glaring mismatch for slot specialists Kevin Johnson and Siran Neal, but they'll get support from safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, who are both skilled in help coverage. Overall, it's not easy for any passing game to find success in this matchup. The retooling Bengals are not strong candidates to buck that trend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at SEA 61 1 3 0 11 8.0 60 0 0 6.3
2 vs SF 55 0 0 0 10 10.0 122 0 0 12.2
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5.8 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 5.3 * * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 8.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Tyler Boyd's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs SF (10 / 10 / 122 / 0 rec)

The lone offensive bright spot for the Bengals was the play of Tyler Boyd. He was fantastic, catching every single target and consistently converting on third downs to keep the offense on the field. His first catch of the game was his easiest. The Bengals lined up with a bunch formation to the left and a busted coverage left Boyd wide open down the sideline for a 47-yard catch and run. Boyd setup the Bengals first touchdown with an 8-yard catch on 3rd-and-7 in the red zone. He held on with a defender draped all over his back. It was the first of many 3rd down conversions for Boyd. He was schemed open for an easy 9-yard catch on 3rd-and-1. Then went low to grab a pass over the middle for a 12 yard gain on 3rd-and-12. He picked up 15 yards on a 3rd-and-6 screen pass. Boyd's big fantasy day could have been even bigger but he had a 16-yard touchdown catch wiped out by a holding penalty. Boyd played 79% of the snaps for the second straight week, which is a bit less than last season (when he had 8 straight games with 92% or more) but not a cause for concern.

2019 Week 1 vs SEA (11 / 8 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Boyd led the team in targets but a poorly thrown deep ball from Dalton that could have gone for a long touchdown spoiled the potential for a big fantasy day. While he didn't rack up big yardage totals, Boyd did make plenty of plays in the middle of the field. He made three catches on the opening drive, the highlight coming on a 14-yard grab on 3rd-and-long with a defender draped all over him. Boyd's strong, reliable hands were on display, catching the ball away from his body and hauling it in despite the defender getting a hand in. He made a 13-yard grab over the middle that may have been his most impressive of the day. The ball was deflected by a defender at the line and Boyd was able to adjust quickly and reach behind him to make the grab. Dalton and Boyd hooked up on a pair of 6-yard gains on similar plays that were probably RPOs. Dalton lined up in shotgun, faked the quick run handoff to suck the linebacker up, and then hit Boyd running the slant into the space opened up by the linebacker. On the missed big-play connection, Boyd lined up in the slot and then ran right behind the defensive line, getting lost in the mass of bodies before cutting upfield on a wheel route down the seam. He was wide open but Dalton threw the pass too much to the inside and short, which turned a potential long touchdown into an incompletion. Boyd played 79% of the snaps, which was good for just third best amongst the wide receivers.

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Latest News

Bengals | Tyler Boyd tops 100 yards against San Fran (Mon Sep 16, 12:53 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd caught all 10 of his targets for 122 yards in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Bengals | Eight grabs for Tyler Boyd (Sun Sep 8, 11:11 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd caught eight of his 11 targets for 60 yards in a 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.

Our View: Boyd was targeted quite a bit but Fantasy GMs wanted to see some catches that ended up in scores. With John Ross getting the touchdowns, there wasn't much for Boyd to get. He'll continue as the lead receiver for the Bengals with A.J. Green out, and Boyd should get some more work close to the end zone in the coming weeks.
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Schedule

3@ Buffalo Bills
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Baltimore Ravens
7vs Jacksonville Jaguars
8@ Los Angeles Rams
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Baltimore Ravens
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Pittsburgh Steelers
13vs New York Jets
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Cleveland Browns