5 breakout fantasy football stars to pick up for Week 1

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 12: Allen Lazard #13 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 12, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Need fantasy football help? Here are 5 players to start in Week 1.

Roster % as of 9/6/20.

Finally, the NFL season is approaching. The heavily debated campaign will kick off this Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs lighting the turf at Arrowhead Stadium against the Houston Texans. A Divisional Round rematch.

Not only does the action on the field begin, but your fantasy football season starts. This, for some, is far more important than their favorite team’s slate. So, we are here to help.

Each week we will bring you five breakout stars to pick up each week.

5. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers

Roster %: ESPN 24.5%

Last year, Allen Lazard saw his role jump from what he was asked to do in 2018. After playing in just one game in his rookie year, he played in 16 with three starts in 2019.

It wasn’t until around Week 6 that Lazard was forced to take on a more involved role due to injuries. He flashed some promise going for over 40+ receiving yards seven times, 60+ three times, and had a career-high 103 against the New York Giants.

Lazard assumed the No. 2 role at times last year. This year, since the team did not draft or sign a receiver like most thought they would, he seems to be locked into that same role behind Davante Adams to at least start this season.

The bulk of the production on the offensive side of the ball comes from the running backs the Packers have. However, Adams will receive quite a bit of attention on his side, meaning there will be targets for others. Specifically, Lazard.

Lazard will not be a volume pass catcher. However, he still received anywhere from four to nine targets a game at his peak usage, and he averaged over 13 yards per grab.

Week 1, the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings. This will be a battle against a strong defense, but Lazard could go for some big gains if Aaron Rodgers can establish the play action with attention on Adams.

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