Preseason Position Battle To Watch: Packers Wide Receiver: Could A Sleeper Emerge?

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Davante Adams is going to be the leading receiver for the Green Bay Packers with Jimmy Graham and Aaron Jones providing ample value as well.  That said there is always potential for another player to emerge with Aaron Rodgers under center.  The question is which intriguing young wide receiver could step up?

First, let’s take a look at the production from last season:

  • Geronimo Allison (5 games) – 20 receptions, 303 yards, 2 TD
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling (16 games) – 38 receptions, 581 yards, 2 TD

While the production, in terms of average per game, was more impressive for Allison we have to remember that the usage of Valdes-Scantling was fairly hit or miss.  He received 3 targets or fewer in eight games, and as a rookie it’s not a surprise that there was a bit of a learning curve involved.  That’s reinforced when you read this scouting report:

Height, weight, speed prospect with intriguing deep ball capabilities as a big field stretcher. Valdes-Scantling is a work in progress who hasn’t learned how to create leverage within his linear routes and doesn’t have the ball skills he will need to win downfield. He’s probably not ready to help a team just yet, but his issues may be correctable so he’s worth a Day 3 selection as a stash-and-coach prospect.

The fact that he showed as much as he did last season gives hope, especially given the size (6’4”, 206 lbs.) and speed he possesses.  That’s a big play threat, and one who could ultimately prove to be a difference maker.

Allison, on the other hand, has battled injuries throughout his career (he’s missed 18 games over three seasons) and has averaged under 2 catches and just 25 yards/game over the three years.  That alone would be a concern, and this scouting report seems like the exact opposite of Valdes-Scantling:

While Allison is still a work and progress and did show growth during his senior season, his inability to consistently create separation will likely trump his height and willingness to help out in the running game. The tape doesn’t show enough speed, but if he runs well during the postseason, he will get some attention.

In three years he’s done nothing to really change the narrative.  Allison could be more of a slot option, making Valdes-Scantling a far more intriguing prospect.  While both are available late, it’s interesting that Allison is actually the player being selected first thus far:

  • Allison – 124.3 (WR46)
  • Valdes-Scantling – 133.3 (WR50)

Either way, consider Valdes-Scantling an intriguing late round flier in all formats.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Fantasy Pros

Make sure to check out all of our 2019 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Update
Quarterbacks08/26/19
Running Backs08/26/19
Wide Receivers08/29/19
Tight Ends07/15/19
Kickers08/02/19
Defenses08/24/19

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