Despite a career year in 2020, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is no more than a late-round dart throw in a Fantasy league. His best format is Best Ball, because of his big weekly upside that is nearly impossible to predict. Last year he had four games with at least 19 Fantasy points and five games with 19 or fewer yards. As long as Davante Adams is earning a 30% target share and the running backs are as involved as they have been, it will be difficult for any receiver to earn a large target share in Green Bay, especially one with Valdes-Scantling's downfield skill set. The addition of Amari Rodgers in the draft could further limit Valdez-Scantling's opportunities.
Valdes-Scantling recorded four receptions on six targets for 115 yards and one touchdown in a 31-26 loss to the Buccaneers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Valdes-Scantling opened the scoring for the Packers with a 50-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter. He also connected with Aaron Rodgers for a number of other big gains, including receptions of 29 and 24 yards. The performance marked only the second time that he surpassed 100 yards in either a regular-season or postseason contest during the 2020 campaign. Valdes-Scantling will enter the 2021 season in the final year of his rookie contract.
Valdes-Scantling caught two of three targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-16 win over the Bears. He also rushed once for four yards. Valdes-Scantling broke the game open with a 72-yard touchdown catch on a third down midway through the second quarter. Following halftime, the speedster again got wide open deep downfield, but Valdes-Scantling dropped what would've been a 53-yard touchdown, shifting momentum back for a stretch during the second half. Despite his inconsistency throughout the campaign, Valdes-Scantling has been a dynamic vertical threat, leading the league with nearly 21 yards per reception while scoring six times. He'll now aim to minimize his mistakes as Green Bay embarks upon the playoffs.
Valdes-Scantling was not targeted in Sunday's victory over the Titans. Valdes-Scantling played just as many snaps (41) as Allen Lazard and just six fewer than Davante Adams, but he was limited to decoy duty in Week 16 as the downfield passing game was impacted by snowy conditions. Valdes-Scantling has had his moments this season, and he racked up 85 yards and a score as recently as Week 14. However, he also finished without a reception in four of the Packers' last five contests, including the team's Week 12 victory over the Bears. Valdes-Scantling and the Packers will face that same Chicago team in their regular-season finale next weekend.
Valdes-Scantling was targeted once but did not record a touch in Saturday's victory over the Panthers. Both Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard started alongside Davante Adams on Saturday night, and while Lazard had his most yards in a game since Week 3, Valdes-Scantling was held without a catch for the third time in four games. Lazard also played more snaps than Valdes-Scantling for the first time since that same Week 3 contest. The Packers will face a below-average Titans pass defense in Week 16, but with three goose eggs in his last four games and his snap count in decline, Valdes-Scantling will have minimal appeal to those competing in or trying to reach the championship game in their leagues.
Valdes-Scantling secured all six of his targets for 85 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Lions. After being held without a catch for a second consecutive outing last Sunday afternoon against the Eagles, Valdes-Scantling provided his third-greatest receiving total of the 2020 campaign during a road trip to Detroit. Also of note, Valdes-Scantling doubled the target share of Allen Lazard during Week 14, a change of events after Lazard out-targeted the South Florida product 14-8 over the Packers' preceding three games. Given an array of huge fantasy weeks contrasted by three zero-catch performances this season, Valdes-Scantling represents a high-risk, high-reward proposition as the Packers prepare to host the Panthers in Week 15.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|3||09/26||@San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|7||10/24||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|9||11/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||64||32||574||3||21||17.94||76|