June 21, 2024

Tyler Boyd Signs with Titans: 3 Fantasy Impacts

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One of the last remaining fantasy-relevant free agents has finally found a home. Tyler Boyd, formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals, reached an agreement with the Tennessee Titans. Boyd reunites with his former offensive coordinator and now head coach, Brian Callahan.

Callahan already brings significant fantasy impacts to the Titans. Tyler Boyd finding a landing spot in Nashville will excite dynasty managers who have been holding on to him. It also has impacts across the team and league. Let’s dive into the three biggest fantasy impacts now that Tyler Boyd is a Titan.

 

Tyler Boyd Signs with Titans: 3 Fantasy Impacts

Prove it, Will Levis

The Titans waited until the second round of last year’s draft to select Will Levis and then waited nearly half the season before giving him the reigns of the offense. He came out of the gate with four touchdowns in his first game but then only had four over his next seven games. The Titans spent the offseason equipping Levis to take the next step and prove that he could be the franchise quarterback the Titans drafted him to be.

Tennessee signed Calvin Ridley on top of Tyler Boyd, giving Levis three solid wide receiver options as they pair with DeAndre Hopkins. There are also vast increases over Treylon Burks and Kyle Phillps. The Titans also let their eight-year starter running back, Derrick Henry, leave and sign with the Baltimore Ravens. In turn, the Titans signed former Dallas Cowboys starter Tony Pollard.

Pollard is known for his pass-catching ability, much like his backfield mate Tyjae Spears. (We wrote about Spears’ fantasy impact back in March.) Even new head coach Brian Callahan is known as a quarterback-friendly coach and will be bringing his pass-friendly system with him to Tennessee. The addition of Tyler Boyd ensures that there will be a wide receiver who knows the system immediately.

Boyd can also play every position and can fill in if others miss time, providing all the weapons for Levis. They even drafted an offensive lineman early in the NFL draft to further help him. It’s his time to put up or shut up. Currently, according to the Dynasty Pros Trade Calculator, you can get Levis for the 1.11. I think he might be worth more than that six months from now.

 

Chig Okonkwo Falls

It’s sad to see a promising tight end get buried on a roster, but that is what is happening with Chig Okonkwo. He was second on the team last year in targets with 74. He now falls even further down the pecking order with the Tyler Boyd signing. Okonkwo now projects to be fifth behind Hopkins, Ridley, Boyd, and Pollard. He could even fall the sixth as sophomore Tyjae Spears had 67 targets last season.

The only redeeming quality of Okonkwo is that he is still young, at only 24 entering the season. With older receivers on the team, he could move back up next season. Hopkins is 31, and Tyler Boyd and Calvin Ridley are both 29. It might be hard to hold a roster spot for Okonkwo, who only played on 65% of the Titans’ total 2023 snaps.

What’s even worse for Okonkwo is that Tyler Boyd mainly lines up in the slot. That’s where he lined up 57.5% of the time last year. Currently, according to our trade calculator, Okonkwo is worth an early third-round pick.

I would make that trade all day. Getting a rookie at that spot won’t give you much help this year, but they can go on your taxi squad.  You can’t do with Okonkwo, so this frees up a roster spot.

 

Tyler Boyd’s Sneaky Value

Tyler Boyd often goes underrated. Probably, because he was behind Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Boyd often gets classified as a slot receiver which is not 100% true. Yes, he plays a ton in the slot, but what often gets missed is that he can easily slide outside and has done that multiple times when Chase or Higgins misses time.

Boyd’s versatility gives the Titans a ton of flexibility. Let’s not forget that he only has one season where he had under 80 targets, and that was 2017 when he only played 10 games. Last season was a letdown if you owned Tyler Boyd. He only had two touchdowns, but he’s had five or more in four out of the past five seasons before that.

Not having two of the best wide receivers in the game ahead of him, like he did in Cincinnati, could open up more space for Boyd to shine. It took some time for Tyler Boyd to sign, but he lands on a team that is poised to throw the ball, and an offense that he knows from his time in Cincy means he has plenty of potential. He is currently equal to an early third-round rookie pick on our trade calculator.

He is worth 1000 points less than Gabe Davis who now projects to be the third receiver on the Jacksonville Jaguars.  You should be trading for Tyler Boyd right now on the cheap.