While we know that Davante Adams will be Aaron Rodgers’ top target going into 2019, the rest of the Packers’ receiving corps is one giant question mark, and it’s rare that we say that about Green Bay.
You have to think that second-year wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling currently has the inside track to the position, as he hauled in 38 receptions for 581 yards and a couple of touchdowns during his rookie campaign.
But what about Geronimo Allison?
An undrafted free agent out of Illinois who entered the NFL back in 2016, Allison looked to be emerging as one of Rodgers’ prime targets this past season before a groin injury—and eventual surgery—knocked him out after just five games.
During those five contests, Allison caught 20 passes for 303 yards and a pair of scores, putting him on pace for 64 catches, 970 yards and six touchdowns over the course of a full 16-game campaign.
Obviously, the Packers saw his talent, as they re-signed him this offseason.
But will the fact that Allison played in just five contests in 2018 put him behind Valdes-Scantling and possibly even Equanimeous St. Brown on the depth chart, and how will that affect his status in Fantasy Football?
Here is the thing: Green Bay will probably give opportunities to all three receivers to earn the No. 2 job behind Adams, and even if Valdes-Scantling may currently have the upper hand, the Packers seem to see something in Allison.
Many felt that Allison would be a breakout candidate in fantasy leagues going into 2018, and had it not been for his injury, they may have been right.
While that talk has simmered down a bit in 2019 as a result of Allison’s injury, he is now fully healthy, meaning he should be a breakout candidate once again heading into next season.
Adams will clearly see the bulk of Rodgers’ targets, but Allison may end up being his second or third favorite (remember: Rodgers also has tight end Jimmy Graham in addition to the wideouts), which could mean a big year is in store for the 25-year-old.
It’s just that there is so much uncertainty surrounding Allison because we have yet to see him truly produce over the course of a full season. He is yet to even reach 400 yards in a single season, and it’s not like he was a great prospect coming out of college.
Heck, we also have to remember that the Packers also have Jake Kumerow, who appeared to be a serious contender for a top role in Green Bay’s offense before a preseason injury thwarted his journey last year.
Basically, there is a whole lot that can happen in the Packers’ offense. Allison could end up being the No. 2 receiver. Or he could be the No. 3 or even the No. 4. You just don’t know.
The potential is there for him to catch 60-70 passes for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns, but is it realistic?
Tread very carefully with Allison in fantasy leagues.
He could be a really good sleeper option as a high-end No. 3 receiver, but he could also fall flat and do nothing.