Is Allen Lazard playing on Sunday night? Fantasy injury update for Bears-Packers Week 2 Sunday Night Football – Sporting News

  • September 18, 2022

Allen Lazard failed to suit up in Green Bay’s opening-week loss to the Vikings after his ankle was “stepped on” in practice around two weeks ago. He’s now landed on the Packers’ injury report for a second straight week and is officially “questionable” for Sunday night’s game against Chicago. Lazard’s status will certainly factor in fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions, so knowing his most recent injury updates — and who benefits if Lazard misses a second straight game — will be key ahead of one of your last lineup calls of the week.  
We’ll continue to update this article with news on Lazard up until the official active/inactive report comes out on Sunday around 6:50 p.m. ET.
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Lazard is certainly headed on the right track to return to game action on Sunday night. He logged three straight limited practices to end the week, and while he still carries a “questionable” designation into SNF, he’s in a much better spot than he was last week. Entering the Packers’ Week 1 road tilt in Minnesota,  Lazard was listed as “doubtful” on the Packers’ injury report after failing to participate in practice throughout the week.
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It’s possible Lazard logs fewer snaps than usual on Sunday night, but given the ineffectiveness of the Packers WR corps as a whole in Week 1, if Lazard’s good to go, he’s likely going to assume a regular workload. SN Fantasy has Lazard as the No. 41 WR in standard scoring and the No. 44 WR in PPR scoring. With Green Bay in need of getting the offense back to where it’s been in the past, Lazard has a chance to see a fair amount of targets, boosting his fantasy appeal.
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If Lazard is a surprise inactive on SNF, no other Packers WRs are worth starting in anything but the deepest leagues, but fellow pass-catchers Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson, and Robert Tonyan see a boost to their fantasy outlooks, but the situation is too unpredictable to know who to trust. RBs Aaron Jones’ and AJ Dillion’s Week 2 fantasy prospects increase if Lazard were to miss SNF. While the Packers offense figures to put up a better effort against the Bears, none of their pass-catchers logged more than 40 receiving yards in their Week 1 loss to Minnesota. In fact, Green Bay’s leading receiver in Week 1 was Dillon (five receptions, 46 yards).
WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
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Lazard’s likely return does have an effect on QB Aaron Rodgers, as their long-standing rapport gives him a reliable pass-catching option in an offense that’s hoping to get back on track. Rodgers was the lowest-scoring starting QB in fantasy football last week, and Lazard has the potential to log a 25-plus percent target share, maybe more, if healthy for SNF.

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