Lance Kendricks will likely serve as quality depth for the Packers. He's never really been a reliable Fantasy option before and chances are he won't be one now. Keep him off rosters.
Kendricks did not catch a pass in the Packers' Week 17 loss to the Lions and finished the season with 19 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown over 16 games. Kendricks worked as the Packers' backup tight end in 2018 and finished second among players at his position in all of snaps, receptions, and yards. His two-year contract with the team expires this offseason, and it remains to be seen if he will be back with the Packers for the 2019 season. Whether Kendricks ends up back in Green Bay or elsewhere, expect the soon-to-be-31-year-old to slot in as a reserve.
Kendricks caught both of his targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 44-38 win over the Jets. Though the production itself has been modest, Kendricks has now had two of his three best performances of the season from a yardage standpoint in the past two weeks. His 20-yard catch-and-run Sunday opened the second half for Green Bay and set up a field goal in route to a big Packers comeback. It's hard to get too excited about a handful of catches for a backup tight end, but Kendricks does have a decent matchup to end the season against a Lions defense that has been middle-of-the-pack against the pass this season, but surrendered Kendricks' lone touchdown of the season in Week 5.
Kendricks caught four passes for 27 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bears. Kendricks played a season-low nine snaps Sunday, but he was targeted frequently when on the field, notching a season-high four receptions. He could conceivably see a boost in activity before the season ends if the Packers -- eliminated from playoff contention -- decide to further limit or shut down top tight end Jimmy Graham (thumb), but even then, his fantasy value would only be minimal. Kendricks is averaging just 8.5 yards per reception and has scored only once this season.
Kendricks played 17 snaps on offense in Sunday's victory over the Falcons and was not targeted. Kendricks played the second-most snaps among Packers tight ends like he usually has this season, but that did not result in any impact in the box score for the second week in a row. Top tight end Jimmy Graham is playing through a broken thumb, but that has not resulted in any boost in production for Kendricks.
Kendricks played 12 snaps and was not targeted in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. Kendricks' snap count decreased for the third week in a row, and the 12 plays were his fewest in a game since Week 3. Changes could be coming in the Packers offense with Mike McCarthy no longer in town, but given Kendricks' declining snap count and overall output, it's unlikely his fantasy value will change noticeably.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|9||11/03||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|12||11/24||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|13||12/01||@New York Giants||19||7.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||49||29||291||1||13||10.03||35|