Tyler Boyd was among the biggest surprise performers in 2018, and he's looking to repeat that performance this year. He's worth drafting as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues as early as Round 5. Boyd wasn't drafted in most Fantasy leagues last season but finished the year as the No. 17 PPR receiver. He was a third-year breakout with career highs in targets (108), receptions (76), yards (1,028) and touchdowns (seven), and he scored at least 11 PPR points in nine of the 14 games he played. He missed the final two games of the season with a sprained MCL in his right knee, but he's fine now. And he will be the Robin to A.J. Green's Batman in Zac Taylor's offense for the Bengals. While Green should lead the team in most receiving categories if healthy, Boyd won't be far behind. He's a quality starting option in 2019.
Boyd is entering the final year of his rookie contract but hopes to remain with the Bengals long term, Joe Danneman of FOX 19 Cincinnati reports. "I show it. I'm here practicing every day to show (the organization) I care about them. I believe I've showed I want to be here," the receiver said. The Bengals finally got a worthwhile return on investment from Boyd after a season in which he broke out for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns on 76 receptions in 14 contests. With John Ross proving to be a disappointment thus far and A.J. Green on the final year of his own deal, it wouldn't be a surprise if Cincinnati eventually locks up the 25-year-old Boyd at some point before he hits the open market next offseason. It's convenient to think he could get a deal similar to that of a receiver picked 15 slots ahead of Boyd in the 2016 NFL Draft, Sterling Shepard, who got a four-year, $41 million contract from the Giants this spring. Working in Boyd's favor is that he appears fully healthy after undergoing minor knee surgery this offseason and is participating in team drills during this week's minicamp, according to Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site.
Boyd said Tuesday that he expects to be fully recovered from the sprained MCL in his right knee in about two weeks, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports. Boyd sustained the injury Week 15 against the Raiders and missed the Bengals' final two games of 2018 as a result. Despite the premature end to his campaign, Boyd still represented one of the few bright spots for the Bengals after amassing 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven scores across 14 games. He shouldn't face any limitations during OTAs and should reprise his role as the Bengals' clear No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green (foot) in 2019.
Boyd (knee) has been placed on IR by the Bengals. Boyd's placement on IR is presumably not indicative of any setbacks with his MCL injury. Rather, he simply wasn't going to play Sunday against the Steelers, and the move allowed the Bengals to promote fellow wide receiver Hunter Sharp from their practice squad. Prior to suffering his injury, the 2016 second-rounder enjoyed a breakout campaign, hauling in 76 of his 108 targets for 1,028 yards and seven TDs in 14 games. Looking ahead to next season, the Bengals' 2019 wideout corps is slated to be headed by A.J. Green (foot) and Boyd, with speedy John Ross a candidate to carve out a larger role in the Cincinnati offense in his third NFL season.
Boyd (knee) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Boyd has followed up an absence in his team's Week 16 loss to the Browns with no activity in practices Wednesday and Thursday. At this point, his chances of making it back for Sunday's season finale against the Steelers appear remote, but the Bengals will likely wait and see what he's able to do (or not do) at Friday's practice before making a ruling on his status.
Boyd (knee) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. With the Bengals sitting at 6-9 and removed from playoff contention, there might not be much upside in bringing Boyd back for Sunday's season finale against the Steelers. If he fails to get back on the practice field the next two days and is ruled out for a second straight game, John Ross, Cody Core and Alex Erickson would head the Bengals' depleted receiver corps in Week 17.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|8||10/27||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|13||12/01||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|15||12/15||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||74||51||619||3||34||12.14||81|