Packers receiver Allen Lazard is worth picking up in fantasy.
What was clear in the Packers’ season opener was that Lazard is the clear number two wide receiver in this offense. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a deep threat who can also earn a good target share, but Lazard is going to be a consistent part of Matt LaFleur’s offense.
In Week 1, Lazard caught all four of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown, putting up 18.2 fantasy points in PPR. A couple of those points came from a 19-yard carry.
Lazard played on 68 offensive snaps against the Minnesota Vikings, according to Pro Football Reference, second-most among wide receivers and only two snaps fewer than Davante Adams. Valdes-Scantling had a role to play but was on the field for 42 snaps. The only other receiver to get on the field on offense was Malik Taylor, who played just one snap. Equanimeous St. Brown was inactive.
Opportunities will be there for Lazard.
Yes, the running backs will get the ball thrown there way too, but the tight ends didn’t have many targets in Week 1. Josiah Deguara and Jace Sternberger combined for just three targets in the season opener. Neither player has yet established a consistent role in the passing game.
Aaron Rodgers spoke about how he trusts Lazard, and this will lead to more opportunities. He should be in line for a consistent number of targets each week. Yes, he’s the number two receiver behind a superstar in Adams, but Adams isn’t going to be targeted 17 times with 14 receptions each week. After all, Adams’ catch total tied a franchise record for most in a single game.
If you’re looking for some receiver help, Lazard is worth adding to your roster. He can be a reliable flex play most weeks.