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Allen Lazard 2020 Dynasty Outlook

Allen Lazard
TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 30: Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Lazard (19) warms up prior to an NFL preseason game between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 30, 2018, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Allen Lazard was an Iowa State Cyclone for 4 years, starting all but 1 game in his career. During that career, he racked up 3,360 yards off of 241 receptions and 26 TDs. His junior year was his only one over 1,000 yards with 1,018 total yards and 7 TDs. He only had 941 yards his senior year, but he had 10 TDs and 2 more receptions (71). He was named First-Team All-Big 12 by the coaches both years. As you look through his 4 years, you see the consistency he brought to the team.

In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars DID NOT draft Allen Lazard. They picked him up as an UDFA and 5 months later was signed to the practice squad. Three months after that, the Green Bay Packers signed him. Through many bumps in the road, Lazard was signed to their active roster September 4, 2019.

Allen Lazard logged one snap in his 2018 season, so I like to think that 2019 was his real rookie season. In 2019, he finally got his shot on the field during Week 6 against the Lions where he caught 4 balls for 65 yards and a score. An injury to Davante Adams helped him get more snaps and opportunities. He broke the 100 yard mark week 13 against the Giants putting up 103 yards on 3 receptions and a TD. He finished the year against the Lions again where he caught 4 receptions for 69 yards and his only other TD of the season.

He finished 2019 with 477 yards and 3 TDs with 35 receptions. This offseason, he’s spent a lot of time with Aaron Rodgers building a strong chemistry.

Allen Lazard
DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 29: Allen Lazard #13 of the Green Bay Packers catches a fourth quarter touchdown pass in front of Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Allen Lazard Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020

As we look forward to 2020, I see such a high reward for owning Allen Lazard and a very low risk to buying him. If he becomes the true WR2 in Green Bay like I think he will, he’ll have some serious upside. Rodgers will be looking to put up big numbers this season, and Lazard has been taking his next steps very seriously. He hasn’t shied away from the work needed to be great in his role.

Allen is just 24 years old, and I could see him being a strong WR3 and flex play for the next 3 years at least. Maybe I’m hyping him up too much, but I believe the sky is the limit for this kid. Make sure to keep an eye out for him these next few seasons.

Value

Allen Lazard’s ADP is #179 overall and #66 among WRs. I do expect his value to be higher than his ADP based on the lack of WRs brought in by the Packers this offseason. Rodgers also has more incentive to ball out with Green Bay drafting Jordan Love. Look for Lazard to be a sleeper this season.

His value is similar to an early 3rd round pick in 1QB league formats. Players of similar value include Josh Reynolds, Larry Fitzgerald, Cole Kmet, Royce Freeman, Hunter Renfrow and teammate Jace Sternberger. These may be some players to target in buy/sell scenarios, but in my opinion, I’d rather have Lazard then any player listed (except maybe Renfrow).

In SuperFlex leagues, his value drops back to a late 3rd round pick. Van Jefferson, Ryquell Armstead, Kyle Rudolph, Jamaal Williams and Adam Trautman are players who have been valued similarly to him. The player who catches my eye the most is Ryquell because of the opportunity he has with Leonard Fournette being on the trade block and injury prone. If you have a higher need for RB depth, send the trade; they both have solid upside.

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