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NFL NEWS: Contract-year WR Tyler Boyd is looking for around $10M per year on his next contract, per the Athletic.
Boyd broke out in 2018 with 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and 7 TDs as the Bengals’ primary slot receiver. Despite only seeing an Average Target Distance of 9.9 yards which ranked 73rd in the league, Boyd managed to still play efficiently (take notes Jarvis Landry).
Boyd’s +21.8 Production Premium (situational efficiency metric) in 2018 was the 7th best in the league, his +31.6% Target Premium (efficiency metric that factors out QB play) ranked 11th best in the league, and his 29.4% Dominator Rating also ranked 11th. Beyond that, his 122.0 Passer Rating when Targeted was the 6th best in the league despite seeing a 2.8 Target Accuracy Rating that ranked 57th in the league.
To sum up all those advanced stats and metrics for you, Boyd was dealing with bad QB play all year, but still managed to be both productive and efficient. His 2018 was truly impressive.
Having said all of that about Boyd, this was his first and only season of great production in his career, so if he wants to secure a $10M+ per year contract he’ll need to keep up his play in 2019.
In early fantasy leagues, Boyd is going in the 6th Round and is about the WR28 off the board, which would make him a solid value pick in PPR leagues, as his 15.8 Fantasy PPG in 2018 ranked him as the WR20.