Though the Green Bay Packers have not technically ruled out star wide receiver Davante Adams, his hamstring has landed him on the injury report as doubtful to play Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints. That leaves young wideouts Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to pick up some of the slack for the NFL’s highest-scoring offense after two games.
Fantasy Football analysis: Packers WRs Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
The Packers have already seen what their offense looks like under head coach and play-caller Matt LaFleur when Adams cannot go. The team went without their top wideout for a four-week stretch last October, and the offense didn’t seem to miss a beat. Green Bay opened that run with a 34-point splurge and an upset on the road against the Dallas Cowboys with do-everything running back Aaron Jones taking centerstage. Two weeks later, quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted the first “perfect” passer rating of his career while throwing touchdowns to five different receivers. Though taking the field without Adams does hinder the Packers, they have shown the ability to keep the ball moving in his absence.
Accordingly, while Jones remains the primary beneficiary of Adams injury from a touch standpoint, both Lazard and Valdes-Scantling should see plenty of opportunities against the Saints this week. Of the two, Valdes-Scantling has more targets through two weeks (13 compared to nine), but the Packers have featured Lazard in the running game (he ran a jet sweep for 19 yards last week) and could do so more against the Saints.
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Lazard will probably see a larger uptick in touches than Valdes-Scantling, but Rodgers looks to the latter on the more valuable deep shots. Either looks like a flex option this week in season-long leagues with Valdes-Scantling the upside play in DFS.