WR - NYJ
The New York Jets are signing WR Allen Lazard to a 4-year, $44 million deal with $22 million guaranteed.
The 27-year-old had his best year in 2022, catching 60 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns. Rumors abound that Aaron Rodgers requested New York sign Lazard to complement Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, and Elijah Moore. However, Lazard's fantasy value will be intricately tied to whoever is under center at the beginning of the season.
Allen Lazard is reportedly in contract talks with the Jets.
The move would reunite Lazard with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and potentially Aaron Rodgers. The 27-year-old is coming off a career year, where he posted 788 yards and six touchdowns on 60 receptions in 15 games. Lazard’s fantasy value is going to be directly tied to who starts at quarterback for the Jets in 2023, which is currently still in question.
Allen Lazard led the Packers in targets (six), receptions (five), and yards (59) against the Vikings.
The target share for Lazard has improved in the last two weeks with 11 and six targets respectively. He continues to be a trusted target for Aaron Rodgers, however, Lazard hasn't scored since Week 9. Which did happen to be against next week's opponent, the Lions.
Allen Lazard led the Packers pass catchers in targets, receptions, and receiving yards Sunday, hauling in five of six targets for 61 receiving yards in a 26-20 Week 16 win over the Dolphins.
Lazard has logged at least six targets and five receptions in three of his last five games for the Packers, picking up 18 receptions for 216 receiving yards while being held out of the end zone in that span. The wideout continues to be quarterback Aaron Rodgers most reliable receiving option and should see plenty of targets, especially if fellow wideout Christian Watson (hip) is sidelined for a pivotal Week 17 home contest against the Minnesota Vikings.
Allen Lazard had just one catch for seven yards on two targets. He was the target on Aaron Rodgers interception that was overthrown to an open Lazard down the sideline.
Lazard seems to be an afterthought in the Packers' offense right now with the emergence of Christian Watson and the return of Romeo Doubs to the lineup. He has been held under 70 yards receiving and hasn't scored for five straight weeks. Lazard is hard to trust in your fantasy lineups in the playoffs next week against the Dolphins.