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What You Need to Know:
- Lazard emerged as Green Bay’s #2 WR over the final 10 games of 2019, tallying 47 targets, 31 catches, 412 yards and 2 TDs.
- He averaged 9.17 yards per target on the season, while all other Packers WRs not named Davante Adams averaged 7.31.
- Lazard heads to training camp as the favorite for the #2 WR job after Green Bay added only WR Devin Funchess this offseason.
- Green Bay’s #2 WR has finished top 40 in PPR points in 9 of 12 seasons since Aaron Rodgers took over.
Whether it was ineptitude or a big vote of confidence in Lazard, the Packers added very little to their WR room this offseason. In fact, the only move they made was signing Devin Funchess to a modest 1-year, $2.5 million deal in free agency. They didn’t draft a single WR in what was considered 1 of the deepest classes in recent memory.
2019 in review
So Lazard will at least head to training camp as the favorite for the #2 WR job. He took over that spot for the final two-thirds of last season. After going catch-less over the first 5 weeks, Lazard surfaced with a 4-65-1 line in a Week 6 win over the Lions. He then played 55+% of Green Bay’s offensive snaps in 8 of the final 10 regular-season games, including each of the final 6.
Lazard posted decent numbers over that stretch, averaging 4.7 targets, 3.1 catches, 41.2 yards and 0.2 TDs per game. Two of those games came without WR Davante Adams — but Lazard averaged 4.5 targets in those vs. 4.8 in the other 8. He ranked 51st among WRs in both PPR and non-PPR points over those final 10 games.
More importantly, Lazard flashed some chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers. He finished the season with a 67.3% catch rate and 13.6 yards per catch. His 9.17 yards per target ranked 23rd among 79 WRs with 50+ looks. By comparison, the Packers’ other non-Adams WRs — Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, Darrius Shepherd and Trevor Davis — combined for 7.31 yards per target.
We’ll see if Lazard can hang on to that #2 WR job this summer. Funchess is probably his biggest competition. He suffered a season-ending broken collarbone as a Colt in last year’s opener and disappointed in his final season with the Panthers in 2018. But he posted a 63-840-8 line and top-20 fantasy finish in 2017, is a former 2nd-round pick and is still only 26 years old.
Whoever wins the job will have a good chance to be fantasy relevant. The Packers’ 2nd most productive WR has finished top 40 in PPR points in 9 of Rodgers’ 12 seasons as starter — although it’s worth noting that the #2 WR failed to do so in both of the last 2 years.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
Lazard was Green Bay’s best WR not named Davante Adams last year. Over the final 10 games of the season, he tallied 47 targets, 31 catches, 412 yards and 2 TDs, ranking 51st among WRs in both PPR and non-PPR points.
After the Packers added only Devin Funchess to the WR corps this offseason, Lazard heads to training camp as the favorite for the #2 gig. If he hangs on to it, he’ll be worth considering in the double-digit rounds as a spot-start option for your fantasy squad.