Allen Lazard could be the Green Bay Packers‘ leading wide receiver this season with Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling gone.
Being the top pass-catcher for Aaron Rodgers can count for a lot in fantasy football. Should Lazard be rising up draft boards?
Or is the uncertainty facing the Packers at wide receiver too much of a concern?
How Lazard finished in 2021
Even if Lazard made your fantasy roster, it is unlikely he featured in your starting lineup all too often. Outside of Davante Adams, there weren’t any consistent receiving options for the Packers in fantasy.
What to expect in 2022
It could all change for Lazard this season, however.
Aaron Rodgers is confident Lazard can step into the WR1 role this year. And Lazard is the clear frontrunner.
It is unlikely one of the rookie wide receivers will be Rodgers’ top target to start the season. Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins might be starters, but Lazard is the obvious choice to be the WR1 to begin 2022.
However, while this should significantly increase Lazard’s fantasy value from previous seasons, nobody is replacing Davante Adams. It is likely the Packers will spread the ball around more this year and don’t have a true ‘WR1’.
So, while expectations for Lazard should rise, it doesn’t mean he’ll be a top-10 fantasy WR.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Lazard’s ADP (average draft position) currently makes him the 57th wide receiver coming off the board and going in the 12th round. That is tremendous value.
While there are uncertainties about how the targets will be distributed among this new-look receiving corps, there’s no doubt Lazard should be in line for a bigger share.
For a 12th-round pick, Lazard should be an easy choice. If he solidifies his role as the WR1, you’re getting Rodgers’ top target in the 12th round.