WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Green Bay Packers
|6-4, 206||Born: 10-10-1994||College: South Florida||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2018|
Week 14: vs Washington Redskins
FBG says: Good matchup. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing offense statistically have been a unit that has fallen off a cliff over the last four weeks. Over the last four weeks, Rodgers is averaging just 185 yards passing. While last week we can give the offense a pass as they controlled the entire game against the Giants, the other three games seem to have been a little rocky. The Packers are trying to figure out their personnel heading into the playoffs as we have seen Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, and Jimmy Graham's playing time diminish over the last two weeks while Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan and Jace Sternberger's playing time increase over the last two weeks. Outside of Davante Adams, the Packers have not had a consistent playmaker all season as they do not have a player who has more than 40 receptions and just one player over 400 yards which is Valdez-Scantling who did so on just 23 receptions. Lazard is the guy that they are hoping develops into the player that could be a consistent option moving forward for this team that is good enough to beat up the bad defenses such as Washington this week but has struggled when facing stiffer competition as they were dominated by San Francisco and the Chargers. The Redskins passing defense is the opposite of their run defense as while their stats say that they are a fairly solid passing defense as they have allowed the 18th most passing yards per game, the reality is that this defense is a below-average defense as they are allowing the 9th-most yards-per-attempt at 7.6 on the year. The leader of the Redskins defense is Quinton Dunbar who might be the best cornerback in football in 2019, but outside of Dunbar the Redskins are fairly thin as Fabien Moreau has been forced to move to the outside after playing the last two seasons in the slot, and Jimmy Moreland has been forced into playing time with Josh Norman being benched. It remains to be seen if the benching of Norman has any positive impact as in the two games that they have played they have played Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen, so they will be in for a real test this week against Aaron Rodgers.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Marquez Valdes-Scantling's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs SF (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling was held to one catch on three targets for seven yards in the Packers loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Valdes-Scantling has clearly fallen behind Allen Lazard in the pecking order and has now caught only two passes for 11 yards in his last four games, including two games where he did not make a single catch in week's nine and 10. Valdes-Scantling had a great opportunity to score a touchdown in this game, but was unable to make the catch in-bounds and get his feet down in the back of the endzone. Valdes-Scantling won't see a bevy of targets, so he has to make sure he takes advantage of his few opportunities if he wants to have any value moving forward.
2019 Week 10 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling was held without a catch for the second straight game. His value looks to have been depleted to the point where you can safely drop him in favor of Allen Lazard.
2019 Week 9 vs LAC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling was held without a catch on two targets in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. With Rodgers under constant pressure and having no time to throw, this was not a surprising stat line for the young deep threat.
2019 Week 8 vs KC (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught one pass for four yards on two targets in the Packers win over the Chiefs. Rodgers threw 33 passes and passed for 305 yards, so it was surprising to see Valdes-Scantling be a complete non-factor, especially with the Chiefs secondary looking like a complete mess covering receivers down the field.
2019 Week 7 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 133 / 1 rec)
Valdes-Scantling made the most of his targets. He had a long bomb catch to open the second half that might have been a score if Aaron Rodgers had put more air under it. He later had a simple out on third down that Gareon Conley whiffed on, allowing Valdes-Scantling to score with Aaron Jones throwing the key block.
2019 Week 6 vs DET (2 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
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.
2019 Week 5 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught one pass for 18 yards on four targets in the Packers win over the Cowboys on Sunday. With Adams sidelined, Valdes-Scantling saw increased attention from the Cowboys secondary and was unable to make much of a difference, aside from an 18 yard catch where Rodgers gets a lot of the credit for a pin-point throw to him along the sideline. In terms of yards, his biggest contribution came on a pass interference penalty that he drew against his defender which resulted in a 40 yard gain for the Packers. Valdes-Scantling has carved out a role as the Packers deep threat, but without Adams drawing coverage away from him, he will have a hard time catching defenses by surprise down the field.
2019 Week 4 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught three passes for 47 yards on seven targets in the Packers loss to the Eagles. Valdes-Scalding failed to make much of an impact despite the fact that Rodgers threw the ball 53 times and the Eagles secondary was at less than full strength. Valdes-Scantling was called for offensive pass interference, a play that forced the Packers into a first and 20 situation from their own 14 yard line. It was also Valdes-Scantling who had the ball bounce off his hands and get intercepted on the Packers last offensive play of the game, where they were driving to tie the game up. Was it a catchable ball? Of course, Rodgers threw it. However, Valdes-Scantling is not wholly to blame, as the play-call was a slant where he and the outside receiver cross paths. The outside receiver--instead of crossing directly in front of Valdes-Scantling--crossed directly in his path, forcing him to cut back and then up the field into his slant pattern.
2019 Week 3 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 99 / 1 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling six passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in the Packers win over the Broncos on Sunday. Valdes-Scantling led the Packers in catches, yards, touchdowns and targets, quite a feat for the second year receiver, as it is clear he has earned Rodgers trust with each passing week. Valdes-Scantling has become the Packers primary deep threat, which gives him a high weekly ceiling with Rodgers throwing him the ball, but the Packers offense has also become much more conservative, so his floor is low as well. Valdes-Scantling's touchdown catch came with the Packers facing second and six from the Broncos 40 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of shotgun. Valdes-Scantling was lined up in the left inside-slot position and despite the Broncos jumping offside before the snap, he continued to run a deep post pattern to the middle of the field. Rodgers threw a great pass, out and in front of Valdes-Scantling, but the receiver also made a nice catch, as the ball was swirling a little in the wind which forced him to contort his body to catch the ball at the end. It was the type of play that Valdes-Scantling continues to make down the field for the Packers, and he has become an indispensable part of the offense and has a clear lock on the #2 job going forward.
2019 Week 2 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Valdes-Scantling had some downfield targets broken up and gave back yards on a wide receiver screen so his box score was underwhelming. He is still getting downfield targets and could be a better play in a more wide open high scoring game script.
2019 Week 1 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught four passes for 52 yards on six targets, while also rushing one time for zero yards. Valdes-Scantling led the Packers in both receptions and yards and if you had to award an offensive MVP in this game, he would most certainly be it. His total statistics were not anything to write home about, but Valdes-Scantling made what would go down as the play of the night, a 47 yard reception that set up the Packers only touchdown of the game, and coincidently the only score they would need to beat the Bears. With the Packers trailing 3-0 to start the 2nd quarter and facing a first and 10 from their own 26 yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center and faked the handoff to Aaron Jones before also faking a reverse to Davante Adams. Rodgers then set his feet and unleashed a frozen rope down the center of the field to Valdes-Scantling who had two steps on his man. The throw was just slightly behind Valdes-Scantling, but he made a very nice adjustment and came back to the ball, securing the 47 yard catch, which was the longest play of the day by a mile for a both teams. It was this type of catch that has set up Valdes-Scantling to be a major contributor for the Packers this year, as well as Rodgers preferred deep threat.
Latest NewsPackers | Marquez Valdes-Scantling not on stat sheet (Sun Dec 1, 05:05 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling was targeted two times during the Week 13 game against the New York Giants but finished with zero receptions. link to story Packers | All or nothing for Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Sat Nov 23, 11:07 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling is tied for second in the NFL with five catches of 40-plus yards this season, but he has one reception in the last three games combined and has two catches or less in six straight games. link to story
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