WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Green Bay Packers
|6-4, 206||Born: 10-10-1994||College: South Florida||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2018|
Week 20: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Bad matchup. Green Bay's passing attack graded as a perfectly-average unit throughout the regular season, aside from quarterback Aaron Rodgers' incredible ability to avoid turning the ball over. The Packers ranked as the 16th-highest-volume passing attack in the league, posting 26 passing touchdowns, good for 14th in the league, and 6.1 net yards per attempt, which ranked 16th in the league. Rodgers' mark of just four interceptions was the lowest total in the NFL, and it was a driving force behind the team's relative overachievement this year. Through the air, targets are heavily concentrated at the top, with Davante Adams commanding nearly one-third of the total targets in the offense. Down the stretch of the regular season, Allen Lazard was the only other player to tally more than five targets per game, but he was held without a target last week, as his playing time was limited due to an injury he is expected to heal from ahead of this weekend's matchup. Overall, tight end Jimmy Graham and Aaron Jones are the only two other reliable difference-makers for Rodgers through the air, and both have the potential to command about five targets this weekend. Overall, Adams is an elite fantasy option once again this weekend, and every other Green Bay pass-catcher remains an afterthought in this tough matchup. San Francisco's pass defense has a strong case to be regarded as the best unit in the entire NFL this season. While they have defended limited volume, they've allowed just 4.8 net yards per attempt, which is the best mark in the league. This defense is elite at all three levels, but their pass-rush is especially impressive. Arik Armstead (10 sacks) Nick Bosa (9 sacks,) DeForest Buckner (7.5 sacks,) and Dee Ford (6.5 sacks in 11 games) make up one of the league's best defensive lines. The importance of Dee Ford's return to action last weekend cannot be overstated, as the performance of this pass-rush and overall pass-defense is significantly better when he is on the field. Then, at linebacker, Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander grade as two of the league's best pass-defending players at the position. Warner broke up nine passes this season, which is the second-highest total on the team. Lastly, in the defensive backfield, Richard Sherman, K'Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, and Jimmie Ward makeup one of the league's best secondaries. It will take an exceptional performance out of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay passing attack if they have any hope of beating the 49ers through the air this weekend in what grades as an extremely difficult matchup.
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 19 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught one pass for eight yards on one target in the Packers win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Valdes-Scantling has seen his playing time decrease with the ascension of Lazard, so one target is about what you can expect for him in the playoffs. He does have the added benefit of running a majority of his routes down the field, but when you get only one shot at a deep ball, you can't expect to make that play a majority of the time.
2019 Week 17 vs DET (7 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught two passes for 19 yards on 7 targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Sunday. The seven targets were the second highest of the season for Valdes-Scantling, and matched his total from the previous five games combined. Four of his targets were deep passes and it seems as though that is where he is best suited in the Packers offense. His two catches did not make much difference in the game and Valdes-Scantling has been reduced to splitting time with Allison when the Packers go to three and four receiver sets.
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.
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