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Brandon LaFell | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: LSU
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Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-8 targets for 66 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Bills on Monday night.
LaFell looked headed for an ugly night, as he was playing behind all three of Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, and Chris Harper early on. At halftime, he'd played just 14 snaps. But Dobson went down with an ankle injury midway through the game, and LaFell played the final 46 snaps. He still didn't do a whole lot with them and may be falling out of favor a bit. Lucky for LaFell, both Amendola (knee) and Dobson (ankle) were injured. He'll be hard to trust as anything more than a WR3 next week on the road against the Broncos' league-best secondary. Nov 24 - 12:48 AM

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Brandon LaFell caught 2-of-6 targets for 66 yards in the Patriots' Week 10 win over the Giants.

If not for a late 54-yard grab behind fill-in RCB Jayron Hosley, who was having a strong day before that, LaFell would have had a very quiet day. He was stuck on one catch for 12 yards much of the evening. Still, the targets are there, and LaFell is playing in two-wide sets. If Julian Edelman (foot) misses time, LaFell could see a small boost in targets next Monday night against the Bills.
Nov 15 - 8:47 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 5-of-9 targets for 102 yards Week 9 against the Redskins.

His nine targets paced the team on a day Tom Brady connected with seven different receivers. LaFell could have had an even bigger day. He just missed a touchdown on a fade pass and would have had a long touchdown had Brady had time to step into his throw on a 48-yard catch. He also flirted with a big play on a 17-yard screen in the fourth quarter. Brady continues to spread the ball around, but LaFell has clearly been the third option in the passing game since returning from injury. He will remain an upside WR3 next week against the Giants.
Nov 8 - 4:13 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-7 targets for 47 yards in New England's Week 8 win over the Dolphins.

LaFell had a borderline drop in the second half, but it was a bounce-back performance after he muffed six passes in his 2015 debut. LaFell appears to have already established himself ahead of Danny Amendola in two-receiver sets, putting him back on the WR3 radar ahead of next week's game against the Redskins.
Oct 30 - 12:04 AM

Tom Brady said "everyone has confidence" in Brandon LaFell despite his six drops Sunday against the Jets.

LaFell was horrendous in his first game off the PUP list and was at one point benched for the ghost of Aaron Dobson. "It was his first game back, and those weren't all easy catches," Brady said. "He's been great here and we're going to keep finding ways to get him the ball." Despite the terrible game, the Patriots are attempting almost 42 passes a game, and LaFell is in line to be targeted on many of those throws. He needs to be owned everywhere.
Oct 26 - 1:09 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 2-of-8 targets for 25 yards in New England's Week 7 win over the Jets, committing six drops.

It was an unfathomably bad day for a player who just came off the reserve/PUP list on Saturday. LaFell muffed 75 percent of his targets, briefly sending him to the bench for Aaron Dobson. There's every reason to believe he'll be better going forward, but he'll be a boom-or-bust WR4 for Thursday's game against the Dolphins as he attempts to shake off the rust.
Oct 25 - 5:29 PM

Brandon LaFell is active for Week 7 against the Jets.

LaFell is expected to immediately slot in as the Patriots' No. 2 receiver behind Julian Edelman, but we wouldn't trust him as more than a WR4 as he gets his feet wet against an elite defense.
Oct 25 - 11:36 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Brandon LaFell will play Sunday against the Jets.

Activated off PUP on Saturday, LaFell can expect to draw Antonio Cromartie in coverage while Darrelle Revis primarily sticks to Julian Edelman. Per Schefter, LaFell will play "at least" half of the Patriots' offensive snaps. LaFell is best viewed as a WR4 or low-end flex option in season-long leagues.
Oct 25 - 10:10 AM

Patriots activated WR Brandon LaFell from reserve/PUP.

LaFell will return Sunday after sitting out the first six weeks. It's possible he'll be on a snap count, but LaFell's presence should limit Danny Amendola to three-wide sets. LaFell averaged seven targets per game last year and finished behind only Rob Gronkowski with seven touchdowns. With a matchup against the Jets top secondary, owners should wait a week before inserting LaFell into lineups.
Oct 24 - 2:54 PM

Brandon LaFell (foot, PUP) said Friday he is "unsure" if he will play Sunday against the Jets.

LaFell said "it is up to Bill Belichick." LaFell did add he believes his week of practice went well. If the Patriots want to use LaFell against the Jets, they will have to activate him onto the 53-man roster, which would likely happen on Saturday. He'll be ineligible to play if they don't make the move. Daily Slant: It'll be very tough to peg LaFell's playing time or usage if he's activated, and his presence would muddy the waters among the secondary NE receivers. If LaFell sits, the outlook for Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin would improve. It's looking like Darrelle Revis is going to shadow Julian Edelman, which would leave Buster Skrine on Amendola. The Pats primary slot WR went over 100 yards last week, and he's a candidate for at least 5-6 targets this week with the Jets likely to key in on Edelman and Gronk.
Oct 23 - 2:24 PM

Brandon LaFell (foot, PUP) will resume practicing Wednesday.

LaFell's 21-day clock to be activated starts Wednesday, so he should be back either Week 8 or 9 after missing the first six weeks of the season. LaFell should be owned in all formats after putting up borderline WR2/3 numbers last season. When LaFell returns, it should mean less action for Danny Amendola.
Oct 21 - 12:19 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Brandon LaFell (foot, PUP) "probably will" begin practicing this week.

LaFell is eligible to play this week against the Jets, but that decision has yet to be made. A top-25 receiver last season in a less potent passing attack, LaFell needs to be picked up where available.
Oct 20 - 11:21 AM

Brandon LaFell (foot, PUP) believes he is ready to begin practicing.

LaFell is eligible to return to practice Monday and can play next week against the Jets. The expectation all along has been LaFell would be ready as soon as eligible, and it would not be surprising if he is active against New York. He is a must-add in all leagues.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 8:27 PM

ESPN Boston reports Brandon LaFell's (foot, PUP) recovery is "on schedule."

Per reporter Mike Reiss, LaFell was working out on the field prior to Sunday's game against the Cowboys. The Patriots' No. 2 receiver last season, LaFell is eligible to return in Week 7. Now is the time to stash him in 12-team leagues, though he might not match last year's rates. LaFell will be a WR4 with WR2/3 upside.
Oct 11 - 1:58 PM

Patriots placed WR Brandon LaFell (foot) on the reserve/PUP list.

As usual, the Pats have provided zero details about LaFell's injury. He'll be first eligible to return in Week 8, but it shouldn't be considered a given. There's simply nothing to go off. LaFell was the overall fantasy WR22 last season, but the uncertainty surrounding his injury makes him a dubious early-season stash. He'll become more of a re-draft consideration in October. The Pats are extremely thin at wideout.
Sep 5 - 4:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Brandon Bolden
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Keshawn Martin
4Chris Harper
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Matt Slater
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Williams
LT1Marcus Cannon
LG1Josh Kline
2Shaq Mason
C1David Andrews
RG1Tre' Jackson
RT1Sebastian Vollmer
2Michael Williams
K1Stephen Gostkowski