Tyler Boyd is a must-start in Week 4 vs. Jaguars

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals. (Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals. (Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports) /

If you have Tyler Boyd on your fantasy team, you need to start in him in Week 4.

Though they may not win a ton of games this season, the Cincinnati Bengals will put up points with Joe Burrow as their franchise quarterback, so long as the offensive line doesn’t let him get beat up too bad. One player who will benefit from Burrow’s presence is wide receiver Tyler Boyd. With a favorable matchup in Week 4 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, you need to start him in fantasy.

Andy Holloway of The Fantasy Footballers believes if you need to pivot off Will Fuller of the Houston Texans in Week 4, then you need to go with Boyd if you have him on your fantasy football team. Through three games this year, Boyd has netted you on average 29 fantasy points. He has become increasingly important in the Bengals’ passing game with Burrow at quarterback.

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Boyd has 21 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown thus far for the Bengals. Though they are 0-2-1 in those three games, he has seen more targets go his way in each game. He was up to 13 targets in last week’s tie vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, as he had 10 catches for 125 yards. Granted, that was in five quarters with the game obviously going to overtime, but he played well anyway.

Look for the connection between Tyler Boyd and Joe Burrow to blossom in 2020.

Going up against Jacksonville, there will be an opportunity for Boyd to get more than 10 fantasy points, especially if he can pick up a touchdown in this early-afternoon window game. The receptions, target share and yardage are all positive for Boyd. What this comes down to is if you believe Burrow can find him for six on a Bengals touchdown. It is an easy decision to start him.

If Cincinnati plans to get its first win of the season, Boyd will need to be a big factor in the receiving game for the Bengals. Though they have balance on offense with Burrow, Boyd, wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Joe Mixon, Cincinnati doesn’t win at home over the Jaguars if they can’t consistently move the sticks through the air and make big plays on third down.

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Overall, you may need to gauge week by week if you plan to start Boyd or not. However, if there is ever a time to do it, it might be against this Jacksonville team who has dropped two in a row after a surprising Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at home. A 15-point fantasy game is definitely in play for Boyd this week, so you may want to consider starting him in the flex.