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Fantasy Football: Why in the world is Tyler Boyd so cheap?

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Every once in a while, there’s an average draft position in fantasy football so egregious it actually makes my stomach turn. Not mad, per se; just disappointed.

This year’s premiere example: Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd. Priced as the PPR WR37 and WR39 on Underdog Fantasy and Fantasy Football Calculator, somehow a model of consistency in fantasy land has become an afterthought in drafts of all shapes and sizes.

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There are three years of evidence that Boyd is plenty capable of consistent WR2 production:

  • 2018: Overall PPR WR15; WR19 in PPR points per game
  • 2019: WR17; WR26
  • 2020: WR30; WR37

Yes, the latter metrics are fairly consistent with Boyd’s current valuation. Also yes, Boyd was the f*cking WR11 in Weeks 1-11 last season before Joe Burrow was lost for the season. He only finished with fewer than five receptions twice, not so coincidentally during two of Burrow’s duds against the Los Angeles Chargers (4-33-0) and Baltimore Ravens (4-42-0).

The consistency on hand was particularly mesmerizing: Boyd beat his present average draft position in all but two of his 10 games with the 2020 NFL Draft’s No. 1 overall pick under center.

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