WR Allen Lazard - Green Bay Packers
|6-5, 223||Born: 12-11-1995||College: Iowa State||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: vs Chicago Bears
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Production from the Packers passing offense has slowed down over the second half of the season. Aaron Rodgers averaged 8.2 passing yards per attempt, 290.5 passing yards per game, and two passing touchdowns per game to rank as the fourth-best fantasy quarterback through his first eight games. Since Week 9, Rodgers has regressed to the 24th-ranked fantasy quarterback, averaging just 5.9 passing yards per attempt, 187 passing yards per game, and 1.4 touchdowns per game with no notable difference in his level competition between those splits. As with Rodgers goes the rest of this passing offense, as top receiver Davante Adams has inconsistently produced since returning from injury in Week 9. He continues to regularly lead the team in targets, but Adams has exceeded 64 yards just once in five games. He did score twice in the big game against the Giants and remains a focal point for Rodgers, so look for Adams to rebound soon. This Chicago defense limited the Packers to just 203 passing yards and one touchdown back in Week 1, however, the Bears defense is certainly a different animal now than earlier in the year due to a number of key injuries. The most notable injury of late is the season-ending pectoral injury to leading tackler Roquan Smith, which is a big loss to the center of this defense. In addition, cornerback Prince Amukamara missed last week with a hamstring injury and appears unlikely to play in this one. This situation creates a significant advantage for Davante Adams, as he should see snaps against Kevin Toliver, who played quite poorly in his start last week. The pass rush for Chicago is always a threat with Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd coming off the edges, but they have slowed as the season has progressed--notching just 13 sacks in their last nine games after opening the season with 17 sacks in their first four outings. Green Bay does have a strong offensive line, but they have yielded four or more sacks in two of the last three weeks and gave up five sacks to the Bears back in Week 1--so the door is open for this Bears defense to harass Rodgers to further complicate a tricky matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Allen Lazard's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Allen Lazard caught two passes for 19 yards on three targets in the Packers win over the Redskins on Sunday. A week after having his biggest game of the season, Lazard fell back down to earth in a game where the Packers were content to let Jones carry the offense. As mentioned above, Lazard has clearly moved into the #2 receiver spot opposite Adams, but the Packers are not passing enough to make him fantasy viable every week. He's a dart throw this week against the Bears, but with Rodgers at quarterback, he still has enough upside to make him a player to consider if you are thin at wide receiver.
2019 Week 13 vs NYG (3 / 3 / 103 / 1 rec)
Allen Lazard caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown on three targets in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. Lazard came up big in this game, catching a 43 yard pass on the Packers opening possession which set up an Adams touchdown. It was a beautiful catch for Lazard, who ran a straight go-route down the field, but had to run nearly 15 yards across the field and lay out completely to make the diving catch. Lazard's touchdown catch came on a second and one from the Giants 37 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked to his running back. Rodgers danced in the pocket for a quick beat and then unleashed the deep pass to Lazard who was streaking wide open in the end zone. Lazard ran a simple deep post-route, but he was wide open because he made a quick fake to the outside which turned the Giants defender around, giving him no chance to recover before Lazard made the 37 yard touchdown catch. Giants defenders have been beat repeatedly this season to the inside of the field, as they are trying to protect against an outside route but the safeties are not on the same page and have not been giving help to their corner and nicklebacks.
2019 Week 12 vs SF (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 21 / 0 rush)
Allen Lazard caught one pass on two targets for seven yards, while also rushing one time for 21 yards in the Packers loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Like the rest of the Packers offense, Lazard was held in check by an aggressive 49ers defense. Since his breakout game in week six (4-65-1), Lazard has failed to make much of an impact despite seeing an increase in snaps as the Packers #2 receiver. He's averaging only three catches for 32.4 yards since week six, and it seems as though Jones and Williams will see most of passing targets after Adams.
2019 Week 10 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Allen Lazard caught three of six targets for 27 yards in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. Lazard has taken over the #2 job from Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison and has been consistently seeing the second most targets behind only Adams. While he doesn't have the deep ball skillset that Valdes-Scantling does, Lazard has proven to be very versatile, which makes him a better fit alongside Adams. Lazard has yet to really break out, but this game was a good indication that the Packers are going to stick with him, as his targets were broken up into short, intermediate and deep passes.
2019 Week 9 vs LAC (4 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Allen Lazard caught three of four targets for 44 yards in the Packers loss in week nine. Lazard saw the second most targets amongst Packers receivers and led the team in receiving yards. Lazard nearly had a much bigger day but was unable to corral a deep ball from Rodgers that would have gone for a touchdown. Lazard has become more involved with each passing week, and it was a fantastic sign that the Packers gave him more opportunities even when Adams returned to the lineup.
2019 Week 8 vs KC (5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Allen Lazard caught five passes for 42 yards in the Packers win over Chiefs on Sunday night. Lazard caught all five of his targets and is smoothly overtaking both Geranimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the Packers pecking order. He played more snaps than both players and equaled their targets on his own. This wasn't a big game for Lazard, but it was a steady one and he's been really dependable as an intermediate target for Rodgers, which showed as he caught all of his targets.
2019 Week 7 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Lazard had a bad drop early, but Rodgers kept going back to him. His best play of the day was a leaping catch inside the five that was part of a long highlight reel for the Packers passing game. He looked more than capable of contributing fantasy relevant numbers if injuries increase the size of his role.
2019 Week 6 vs DET (5 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)
The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night, improving their record to 5-1 on the seasons. Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also ran for 10 yards on three carries. Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 47 yards and caught four passes for 13 yards. Jamaal Williams returned from injury to lead the Packers backfield, rushing 14 times for 103 yards while catching four passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. Allen Lazard led the Packers receivers with four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Marquez Valdes-Scalding caught two passes for 48 yards and Geronimo Allison caught three passes for 40 yards. Jimmy Graham totaled two receptions for 17 yards on five targets. QB: Aaron Rodgers Pass: 24- 39 - 283 - 2 - 1, Rush: 3 - 10 - 0 Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Rodgers also ran three times for 10 yards. Playing without Davante Adams for the second straight week, Rodgers was forced to spread the ball out, completing passes to nine different receivers, with eight of them catching two or more passes, but none catching more than four. Rodgers first touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Lions five yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and motioned for Jamaal Williams to come across the formation from the right inside slot position. Rodgers caught the snap and instantly just dropped the ball in front of him to Williams who was streaking across the formation. Williams got good blocking from his line and receivers, but also stiff-armed one defender before cutting back to the middle of the field and eluding two Lions defenders for a five yard touchdown. While Rodgers will get credited with the touchdown pass, this play was all Williams and his blockers. Rodgers second touchdown pass came with the Lions ahead 22-13, and the Packers offense facing a third and five from the Lions 35 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately looked to his left, as Lazard was given a free release of the line of scrimmage running a go-route up the left sideline. Rodgers pass was absolutely perfect, on a dime, to Lazard in stride right at the goal line. The pass was out in front of Lazard and at a place where only he could catch it. Considering the fact that the Packers needed to score a touchdown and it was third down, Rodgers gets double credit for making a big-time throw in crunch time. Rodgers did throw an interception in the red zone on the drive preceding this one, but it was far from his fault, as his receiver let the ball bounce off his chest and it popped up directly in front of a Lions defender. Rodgers also led the Packers on a 15 play drive that ate up the last 6:16 of the clock, and allowed the Packers to kick a game winning field goal with no time on the clock as it went through the uprights. Rodgers may not be putting up the type of MVP numbers that he has in the past, but this team is 5-1 because he is finding ways to make just enough plays each week for them to win, despite not having a prolific offense. RB: Aaron Jones Rush: 11- 47- 0, Rec: 4 - 13 - 0 (7 targets) Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 47 yards, while also catching four passes for 13 yards on seven targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Monday night. A week after setting Packers records with four rushing touchdowns, Jones took a backseat to Jamaal Williams, who had returned after missing a week with a concussion. This has been the story of Jones' short career, as no matter what he does, he still finds himself in a timeshare with Williams. Jones is by far the more dynamic player, adding speed, agility and power to the Packers offense as a runner and a receiver. Williams does not have one elite trait, but he is consistent and doesn't make mental errors, as well as being a very good pass blocker, something that matters when you play next to Rodgers. Jones did have a fumble in this game, but it was hardly the reason why he was out-touched by Williams. Williams was simply the more effective runner and receiver in this game, and the Packers coaches chose to ride the hot hand. Seeing Jones take a backseat to Williams was crushing for fantasy owners, and it reinforces the narrative that it does not matter what Jones does on the field, the Packers coaches are not going to let him be the bell-cow back. It could be a function of trying to keep him fresh for the second half of the season, but it is going to be hard for Jones to be a fantasy starter if he sees less than 15 touches each week. RB: Jamaal Williams Rush: 14- 104- 0, Rec: 4 - 32 - 0 (5 targets) Jamaal Williams rushed 14 times for 104 yards and caught four passes for 32 yards on five targets in the Packers win on Monday night. Williams just refuses to die, as a week after being sidelined with a concussion on a scary hit by an Eagles defender, and Jones setting the fantasy world on fire with a four touchdown performance, Williams returned to the field and led the Packers backfield in touches, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards. It is a testament to his ability to do the little things, but it was his big plays in this game that separated him from Jones, an interesting wrinkle to their fantasy rivalry. Williams touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Lions five yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and motioned for Williams to come across the formation from the right inside slot position. Rodgers caught the snap and instantly just dropped the ball in front to Williams who was streaking across the formation. Williams got good blocking from his line and receivers, but also stiff-armed one defender before cutting back to the middle of the field and eluding two Lions defenders for a five yard touchdown. Williams cut back to the inside of the field was not the most graceful move you've ever seen, but it was effective and his initial stiff-arm was perfectly executed and allowed the play to develop. Williams also had a 45 yard run on a draw play out of the shotgun where he burst through the line and toasted a Lions linebacker by cutting to the right side of the field. Williams vision as a runner was apparent in this game, and he does a great job of setting up his blockers and being a decisive north-south runner. While he may not have the same big play ability as Jones, he's able to make up for that with his vision and ability to see the play developing. WR: Davante Adams, Rec: 0 - 0 - 0 (0 targets) Davante Adams missed his second straight game with a turf toe injury and is considered week to week. WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 2 - 48 - 0 (2 targets) Rushing: 1 - 9 - 0 Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught two passes for 48 yards on two targets, while also rushing one time for nine yards. Valdes-Scantling saw less targets than Lazard, Allison, Graham, Williams, Jones and Jake Kumerow. Essentially, he was the lowest receiver on the Packers totem pole this week, which is alarming considering he had played his way into the #2 job this season. Valdes-Scantling is primarily targeted in the deep passing game, so when those targets don't materialize, be it from the defensive scheme or the Packers not getting time for those routes to develop, he is going to suffer and have a whole lot of games with stat lines like this one. Valdes-Scantling did get one target in the deep passing game and was able to convert for a 46 yard reception which set the Packers up in the red zone. With the Packers facing a second and one from their own 39 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and Valdes-Scantling was able to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage and establish position on the inside of his defender. Rodgers looked for him deep and threw his receiver out in front and to the right sideline. Given where he was positioned, Valdes-Scantling had to adjust to the throw and get back to the sideline, where he made a fantastic over the shoulder catch along the sideline. WR: Geronimo Allison: 3 - 40 - 0 (7 targets) Rushing: 0 - 0 - 0 Geronimo Allison caught three passes for 40 yards on seven targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Monday. Allison was targeted a team-high seven times by Rodgers, but was unable to do much with those targets. He had a long catch of 21 yards when he was able to get behind the Lions zone coverage, but fell down right after the catch, which was disappointing because he could have turned it into a much bigger play. WR: Allen Lazard: 4 - 65 - 1 (5 targets) Rushing: 0 - 0 - 0 Allen Lazard caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown on five targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Monday night. Lazard led the Packers in receptions, yards and touchdowns, while catching four of his five targets. Lazard's touchdown came at a defining moment of the game, with the Packers down two scores and only nine minutes left in the 4th quarter. The Packers were facing a third and five from the Detroit 35 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately looked to his left, as Lazard was given a free release off the line of scrimmage running a go-route up the left sideline. Lazard was able to establish position along the sideline and get a step on his defender, which allowed Rodgers to throw a pass right out in front of Lazard, in the perfect spot for his receiver to make the catch. Lazard came down with the 35 yard touchdown catch, at what was perhaps the biggest moment of the game for the Packers. Lazard is currently battling for more playing time, and it is receptions like this that will grow trust from Rodgers. If Adams continues to miss time, Lazard could be a sneaky pickup, although it is hard to trust any receiver not named Davante Adams.
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