WR Tyler Boyd - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Week 15: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Bengals will once again start Andy Dalton after they seemingly have abandoned the Ryan Finley experiment. Dalton has kept the Bengals in both of the games since coming back from the benching as he played a key role in beating the Jets and lost a close game to the Browns last week. Dalton provides more stability to the Bengals making them more competitive. The Bengals did suffer a tough injury this week as Auden Tate was placed on IR and with no signs of A.J. Green coming back this season will make the options for this offense limited outside of Tyler Boyd and John Ross who returned last week but saw just 51% of the snaps. The recent struggles from the Patriots can not be blamed on their pass defense which continues to be the best in the NFL this season. This is a unit that has not allowed a 300-yard passer on the year and has allowed just two quarterbacks to top 250 yards one of which was garbage time production from Ben Roethlisberger back in Week One. This is a unit that over the last two weeks has been vulnerable to speed receivers as Mecole Hardman and Kenny Stills both have caught touchdowns in back-to-back weeks against the Patriots and a big reason for this has to do with Jason McCourty's injury. McCourty who was active played just four snaps last week and has been a limited participant this week. If he is unable to go, the Patriots could be vulnerable to John Ross on a deep play as they rely on McCourty to match up with the fastest receiver. If McCourty is unable to go, it will be J.C. Jackson who has been up and down this year in his second season in the NFL. Overall, outside of a deep throw to Ross, it will be difficult to see the Bengals consistently move the ball against this defense this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at OAK 61 1 10 0 3 1.0 0 0 0 1
12 vs PIT 58 0 0 0 9 5.0 101 1 1 15.1
13 vs NYJ 55 0 0 0 10 5.0 59 1 0 11.9
14 at CLE 56 1 7 0 6 5.0 75 0 0 8.2
15 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5.2 * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5.4 * * * *
15 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

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 14 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Boyd made a pair of nice grabs away from his body in traffic on the opening drive for gains of 21 and 14 yards. He made another pretty grab reaching high and snagging it on the run for a 16-yard gain on a slant later in the first quarter. In the red zone, Boyd found a soft spot in the zone and stopped, caught the pass from Dalton and turned upfield, diving for the end zone. He came up a yard short but picked up 16 on the play. Boyd had a quiet second half but did gain seven yards on a third-down slant to pick up a first down.

2019 Week 13 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)

Boyd was open deep over the middle early but Dalton threw it a bit too high. He hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception, finding a small hole between three defenders, making a hands catch, and then holding on through contact. He caught a 17-yard pass to get the Bengals into the red zone after finding a soft spot in the zone. He lost a contact and left the game temporarily. Boyd had a linebacker beat on a deep seam route for what should have been a 44-yard touchdown but the linebacker wrapped him up while the ball was in the air for an obvious pass interference penalty that setup the Bengals second touchdown.

2019 Week 12 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 101 / 1 rec)

Boyd played every snap and was targeted heavily after complaining about a lack of opportunities postgame last week. He caught a short pass on the second play of the game and lowered his shoulder to run over a Steelers defensive back and pick up six yards. Boyd made a beautiful one-handed catch for a gain of 47 yards. He had a defender bodied up against him on the deep play action pass but was able to box him out and pin the ball to his shoulder pad with one hand. The very next play, he made another contested catch for a 15-yard touchdown. He ran a slant and go that didn't fool the defender but he was able to go up and made the catch anyway. Boyd slipped a tackle to turn a short catch into an 11-yard gain. He drew a 14-yard pass interference penalty when the defender held him coming out of his break on a deep ball. Boyd juggled and dropped a pass over the middle on a 3rd-and-short. Boyd hauled in an over-the-shoulder catch down the sideline for a 22-yard gain but as he tried to get into the end zone, he had the ball punched out for a game-changing fumble.

2019 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Boyd played all but two offensive snaps but was only targeted three times. He was uncharacteristically blunt in expressing his frustration after the game, noting that he was open and the team needed to get him the ball. While he didn't directly criticize the play of Ryan Finley, the target of his frustration was obviously the rookie passer.

2019 Week 10 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)

Boyd made an 11-yard grab over the middle, holding on through contact to keep the chains moving on an early 3rd-and-11. He came up with another key catch on third and long, picking up 24 yards over the middle. Boyd was mostly held in check by Marlon Humphrey, who had tight coverage on a pair of incompletions.

2019 Week 8 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Boyd made a beautiful 22-yard catch on a back shoulder fade on a 4th-and-2 despite very good coverage, showing the strong hands that are his best asset. He had a step on a deep ball down the middle of the field but Dalton threw it five yards too far or it might have been a long touchdown. He made an 11-yard grab against tight coverage over the middle. Boyd made another 11-yard grab on a well designed rub route where he came wide open from the slot. Boyd came through in the clutch again with an 18-yard grab on 4th-and-13 to set the Bengals up inside the Rams 10-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Boyd had a touchdown chance on a garbage time target near the goal line but the timing appeared to be off between him and Dalton and the ball was thrown high and in front of him.

2019 Week 7 vs JAX (14 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

Boyd had one of the worst games of his career. There were mental mistakes like a penalty for a late shift. There were a number of drops. He should have had a 17-yard gain over the middle but dropped the pass when he looked up to see where the defender was before securing the ball. Some of the failed connections were on both Boyd and Dalton. Boyd got open on a smooth out and up route but the ball was slightly under thrown, allowing the defender to get a hand in to knock it out when Boyd let it get into his chest instead of grabbing it with his hands. The next play Dalton put a little too much speed on the ball on a quick slant and Boyd let it sail right through his hands. In addition to the drops, Boyd also had a costly fumble. He caught a short pass and weaved his way through traffic but stumbled a bit, causing his arm carrying the ball to swing away from his body and a defender to punch it out. Overall, Boyd did not look like the confident, sure-handed player he was throughout 2018. He struggled some with confidence early in his career and there is some chance that his struggles could snowball.

2019 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Boyd had a tough game. He said after the game that the Ravens often bracketed him in coverage and it seemed the defensive plan was to force the Bengals backup receivers who have been forced into the starting lineup by injuries to beat them. Complicating matters further for Boyd is the fact the Bengals have no speed options currently available at wide receiver and teams don't fear getting beat deep, which allows them to sneak the safeties up closer to the box and into the areas of the field where Boyd typically does most of his damage. Dalton tried to force it into Boyd over the middle on one play but he was surrounded by three Ravens defenders and the pass was picked off. Boyd didn't make some difficult plays he typically makes. It looked like he was going to pick up big yards on a fade route down the right sideline, grabbing the ball with both hands over the back of the corner but the Safety was able to come in late to knock it out. He was wide open for what should have been a solid pickup over the middle but Dalton's pass was slightly off target and Boyd wasn't able to hold on as he dove to grab it.

2019 Week 5 vs ARI (14 / 10 / 123 / 1 rec)

The Bengals weren't able to get Boyd going early. He had just one catch for four yards at halftime. He took over for a stretch in the second half, however. With the Bengals playing hurry-up for much of the fourth quarter, Dalton looked to Boyd often. On the game-tying drive in the final minutes, the two hooked up for a 29-yard catch and run on a short post route to get the ball out to midfield. A few plays later, Boyd ran a beautiful deep route for a 42-yard touchdown. He had Budda Baker trailing him and he gave a subtle head fake and jab step towards the middle of the field before cutting back outside, creating a ton of separation and making an over the shoulder grab for the score.

2019 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Boyd was one of four Bengals who tied for the team lead with six targets. He opened the game with an easy 15-yard catch and run on a quick crossing route over the middle. The slot corner blitzed, living Boyd all alone. Boyd picked up 13 on a deeper crossing route, holding on despite a big hit from Mike Hilton. It was a surprisingly quiet day for Boyd, especially considering the game script should have been favorable for him seeing more than just six targets.

2019 Week 3 vs BUF (11 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)

Boyd wasn't targeted until late in the first half, when he was dropped for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass that the Bills sniffed out. He got a couple looks in the two-minute drill before halftime but one was tipped at the line and the other would have taken a spectacular effort to haul in. He went into the half with negative yardage. Boyd hauled in an 11-yard pass that was tipped up into the air at the line of scrimmage. He ran a bit of a lazy out route that led to an interception. Tre'Davious White was able to undercut it and the ball was probably thrown a bit too far into the middle of the field as well. Boyd did make some key catches in the Bengals late comeback attempt, grabbing it in traffic on slant routes for gains of 14 and 11 yards. He also made a 26-yard catch on a 3rd-and-long when two defenders went with John Ross and left Boyd open cutting in beneath him.

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 targeted six times (Sun Dec 8, 05:19 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd posted five receptions for 75 yards on six targets in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Bengals | Tyler Boyd scores again in Week 13 (Sun Dec 1, 06:55 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd ended up with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown across 10 targets in Week 13 against the New York Jets.

Our View: Boyd like the rest of the Bengals offense had his tide lifted by the return of Andy Dalton. He'll be a solid PPR WR3/Flex against the Browns next week.
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Schedule

15vs New England Patriots
16@ Miami Dolphins
17vs Cleveland Browns