by Alex Kurpeski and Angel Maldoando Tejada
Alex’s Pick: WR Tyler Boyd, ADP of 8.05 (As of August 14, 2020)
It’s unbelievably disrespectful to see Tyler Boyd sitting at an ADP of WR36, as the 25 year-old wideout is coming off of consecutive top-20 PPR finishes in 2018 and 2019. If anything, Boyd should take his game to a new level this fall, thanks to the addition of Joe Burrow. We saw Burrow target Justin Jefferson — a slot receiver built very similarly to Boyd — 134 times on an offense that also featured Ja’Marr Chase, the prospective WR1 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Though Chase was the true WR1 in LSU’s offense, it’s possible that Boyd is also that for the Bengals, which could theoretically mean that he will be in-line for an even higher target share than Jefferson saw from Burrow last season. Though Cincinnati has other talented receivers, including former Pro Bowler A.J Green, former first-round pick John Ross, 2020 second-rounder Tee Higgins, and 2019 starter Auden Tate, Boyd is clearly the most ingrained into the team’s gameplan. Depending on Green’s health and Burrow’s consistency, Boyd could very well be a top-10 receiver this season, so to grab him in the eighth round is an obscene value pick.
Angel’s Pick: WR A.J Green, ADP of 6.09 in PPR Leagues (as of September 2nd, 2020)
This whole Bengals offense is on a discount and I agree with Alex; Tyler Boyd should NOT be going in the eighth round and I am more than comfortable “reaching” for him in the seventh. He’s an ideal flex because he has a solid floor and plenty of upside. That being said, don’t forget about the other wide receiver in this group: A.J Green. Green has slipped significantly due to his injury history and his confusing season last year. Keep in mind, however, that Green has topped 1,000 yards six times in his illustrious career without a single above-average QB throwing him the ball. Burrow will not be a downgrade from any QB he’s ever played with and, with his talent, he should see a high volume of targets despite his lost 2019 season. Of course, he is 32, but in the right matchup, Green could explode and provide top 5 production at the position.