Valdes-Scantling brought in one of three targets for eight yards in the Packers' 27-24 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday. Considering Randall Cobb missed the contest with a hamstring injury, MVS' final line was considerably disappointing. That includes the target share, which ranked ahead of only Robert Tonyan, Lance Kendricks and Jimmy Graham, the latter which exited the game for good in the first half. Valdes-Scantling had been emerging in the offense over the prior five contests, so Thursday's downturn could simply be a one-game outlier. He'll look to bounce back in a key divisional battle versus the Vikings in Week 12, but with 10 days before that contest, it's also possible Cobb is ready to return by that point.
Valdes-Scantling caught six of seven targets for 44 yards during Sunday's 21-12 win over the Dolphins. Valdes-Scantling led the team in receptions while finishing tied with Davante Adams for the most targets. His long gain went for just 11 yards, however, and he finished with an underwhelming average of 7.3 yards per catch. Only three other targets went to wide receivers on the day as Randall Cobb was sidelined, so Valdes-Scantling unfortunately didn't do more with his featured role. Fantasy players still have plenty to like about a wideout who has the attention of Aaron Rodgers each week, and he'll look to bounce back Thursday against the Seahawks.
Valdes-Scantling should continue to maintain a prominent role within the Green Bay offense with Geronimo Allison expected to miss several weeks following surgery to address a core-muscle injury, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Allison's recovery from the procedure is estimated at six weeks, making the wideout a candidate for injured reserve. Even if Allison's surgery doesn't prove to be a season-ending one, Valdes-Scantling looks like a good bet to maintain a regular role in three-receiver sets the rest of the way in light of his stellar outings the last few games. While either one or both of Allison or Randall Cobb has been sidelined for four of the past five contests, Valdes-Scantling has emerged as a downfield threat for Aaron Rodgers, hauling in 16 receptions on 31 targets for 355 yards (22.2 per-catch average) and two scores. The rookie's combination of speed and size makes him a challenging matchup for opposing corners, especially when he's reeling in passes from a two-time MVP at quarterback. Valdes-Scantling's production to date and the clear path to heavy snaps he'll have moving forward makes him a worthy roster option in all but the shallowest of season-long leagues.
Valdes-Scantling caught three passes (six targets) for 101 yards in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Patriots. Valdes-Scantling got the start with Geronimo Allison (hamstring/groin) sidelined, parlaying the opportunity into his second 100-yard game over the last three weeks. Randall Cobb was able to return from injury (six targets), and his presence could cut into Valdes-Scantling's recent run of production. That said, the 2018 fifth-round pick is clearly ahead of fellow rookie Equanimeous St. Brown on the depth chart, and he is making a strong case to stick ahead of both Cobb and Allison even after the receiving corps returns to full health. MVS's big-play ability (21.1 yards per catch) and rising trust with Aaron Rodgers makes him an appealing deep-league option Sunday against the Dolphins, but those in standard and PPR formats should be wary of the potential drop in targets if Allison returns to action.
Valdes-Scantling will start for the inactive Geronimo Allison (hamstring/groin) during Sunday's game in New England, the Packers' official site reports. Injuries to Randall Cobb and Allison have allowed Valdes-Scantling to burst onto the scene over the last four games. During that stretch, Valdes-Scantling has hauled in 13 of 25 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie's big-play ability has been on display as well, with four receptions of 20-plus yards and two of 40 or more yards en route to 19.5 YPC. On Sunday, Valdes-Scantling will be working in three-wide receiver sets with Davante Adams and Cobb against a Patriots defense that has given up 7.4 YPT and nine touchdowns to wideouts in eight contests this season.
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