Because of all the injuries in the Packers receiving corps, the third-year wideout out of Virginia Tech became quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target last week almost by default. He led the team with 10 targets, catching eight of them to top the century mark. That was with Jermichael Finley on the field.
This week? Finley is a mere spectator, and James Jones has a good chance of missing another contest with a gimpy knee. Add in the fact that Randall Cobb is still a few weeks away from even being eligible to play, and Boykin is already Rodgers’ only real option other than Jordy Nelson, who will draw the majority of double coverage.
But even more than that, the kid looks like a playmaker. He grabbed two athletic catches for big yards, one a 39-yard haul and the other that went for a 20-yard score. Add in this week’s opponent – a one-win Minnesota Vikings squad that surrenders the 10th-most yards to receivers in the league and really looks like it is ready to throw in the towel after an embarrassing Monday Night Football loss to the previously win-less New York Giants – and you have a perfect storm of fantasy goodness.
Boykin is owned in barely half of ESPN league, only a little more in Yahoo formats. He’s being ranked around No. 20 in WRs for the week, but there’s no reason not to feel supremely confident in using him as your WR2, perhaps your top gun.
Another 100-yard outing with a score? It’s hard to see why not.