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Finding 2020's breakout wide receiver: Miles Boykin

In this series of articles, I’m looking at the breakout potential for second-year wide receivers. This article will focus on Miles Boykin, and you can find the articles for the other wide receivers from the 2019 draft class here. Boykin wasn’t used much in the Baltimore Ravens’ passing game, totaling 22 targets and 13 receptions while playing all 16 games. The Ravens added Devin Duvernay to their wide receiver group in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft, but that still leaves ample opportunity for Boykin to gain target share.

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One of the best ways to determine the range of outcomes and probability of success for fantasy players is comparing them to similar historical players. In this analysis, I’ll compare Boykin to hundreds of receivers drafted since 2006 and project the likelihood of his breakout based on those who had the most similar size, college production, draft position and rookie metrics. 

METHODOLOGY

The matching methodology for this set of articles is similar to that for the 2020 wide receiver and running back prospects, where I found the closest statistically comparable players using principal component analysis (PCA) and the euclidean distance between the players' components, and then gave each a “Similarity” score based on percentile of distance. 

The metrics for PCA are: draft position, weight, rushing attempts per game, market share of college receiving yards (CFB MS), college yards per reception (CFB YPR), rookie yards per route run (YPRR), rookie average depth of target (aDOT), rookie PPR fantasy points per game (PPR/Gm) and top-24 fantasy weeks (Top-24). All college numbers are from players’ final seasons.

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