Brandon LaFell, WR, Bengals: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Brandon LaFell, WR, Bengals

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #84 284.83 CIN Active 6 years 29 6'3 210 @Blafell1

2015 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): Fantasy owners are waiting for LaFell to make an impact in the daily games. Over seven games he doesn't have a TD, with only one game with more than 70 yards receiving. He averages eight targets per game with a poor catch rate (44.6). It looks like he will face CB Kevin Johnson in coverage. Johnson has done a nice job since moving into the starting lineup. At some point his ticket will come in, but he has more risk than reward at this point of the season.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/5): LaFell is the winner of the last receiver standing award for the Patriots. He doesn't have a TD in his six games played in 2015, while catching only 21 of his 47 targets (44.7). He is averaging 7.8 targets per game, with one 100-yard receiving game. The Eagles now allow the most Fantasy points to WRs, with four teams scoring over 50 Fantasy points. WRs have 19 TDs against Philly (11 in the last four games). He will have an edge over any CB on the Eagles. Possible value play at WR with a season high in targets.

UPDATE (Nov. 11): LaFell is finally back from injury and should be rostered in all leagues. He can perform as a chain-moving flex play. The occasional game with double-digit targets and a trip to the end zone are a reasonable expectation for the second-half of the season.

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LaFell's first season in New England started with no catches on six targets in Week 1 and then no targets in Week 2. His breakthrough moment came during a Week 4 blowout by the Kansas City Chiefs when he hooked up with Brady for a 44-yard score. He finished that game with six catches for 119 yards and that TD. From Week 4 on, Brandon caught 70 of 105 targets for 907 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught just 13 passes for 119 yards in three playoff games, but he did find the end zone twice. With a year in the Patriots' system under his belt, LaFell should continue to improve as long as he can hold off Aaron Dobson. Last year, he was fantasy No. 22 WR. He set career highs across the board and displayed better hands than in previous seasons. Yet I don't trust that he'll offer a repeat in 2015. Other options on this team should be more involved in the passing game this season. I consider LaFell to be only a midrange WR3 on draft day.

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
7.07 Team Hallam - The Patriots should continue with the passing game when Brady is back and LaFell has shown he can get the catches. Safe choice (Comments Added Mon Aug 3 10:30:54 p.m. ET 2015)
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