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Brandon LaFell | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: LSU
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (78) / CAR
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Brandon LaFell caught 2-of-3 targets for 34 yards in the Bengals' Week 3 loss to the Broncos.
We didn't see much of LaFell until he caught a 27-yard pass deep down the middle in garbage time. LaFell and Tyler Boyd (3-18) continue to render each other irrelevant as complementary pass catchers behind A.J. Green. LaFell will be on the WR4/5 borderline on Thursday Night Football against Miami in Week 4. Sep 25 - 4:31 PM

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Brandon LaFell caught 3-of-8 targets for 39 yards Week 2 against the Steelers.

LaFell did drop a pass in the second quarter, but most of the inefficiency was not on him. He got open in the red zone in the first half, but Andy Dalton missed him low. He also got open in the back of the end zone later in the game, but Steelers rookie CB Artie Burns made a great play to break up the touchdown. LaFell still worked ahead of Tyler Boyd and out-snapped him 72-to-60. He will be a WR4 next week against the Broncos.
Sep 18 - 5:51 PM

Brandon LaFell played 55-of-57 snaps Week 1 against the Jets.

LaFell played 11 more snaps than rookie Tyler Boyd and, surprisingly, one more than A.J. Green. LaFell is clearly the No. 2 option in the passing game with Tyler Eifert (ankle) sidelined, and he will have WR3 appeal this week against the Steelers.
Sep 12 - 9:16 AM

Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-4 targets for 91 yards in the Bengals' Week 1 win over the Jets.

He only saw one more target than rookie slot man Tyler Boyd, but was more effective as the complementary option behind alpha receiver A.J. Green. When healthy -- he wasn't last year -- LaFell is a useful role player capable of flirting with lower-end WR3 fantasy value. He'll be a WR4 in Week 2 at Pittsburgh.
Sep 11 - 4:12 PM

Brandon LaFell is listed as the No. 2 receiver on the Bengals' latest depth chart.

LaFell was able to beat out rookie Tyler Boyd for a starting role opposite go-to receiver A.J. Green. The 29-year-old is coming off a dreadful season in New England but is only two years removed from a solid 74-953-7 campaign in 2014. Even if he continues to struggle with drops, LaFell should see a fairly steady workload, particularly with Tyler Eifert still recovering from ankle surgery.
Sep 6 - 12:15 PM

Brandon LaFell caught his only target for eight yards Sunday night against the Jaguars.

LaFell worked as the starter in two-wide sets before A.J. Green went down with a minor injury. Rookie Tyler Boyd saw time in the slot in three-wide looks. LaFell did curiously see snaps with the second unit, but it was likely just to get him reps after he missed time with a hand injury. Looking likely to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, LaFell has some intriguing target upside.
Aug 28 - 9:54 PM

ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell suggests the Bengals are still uncertain who will start at receiver opposite A.J. Green.

Brandon LaFell opened camp as the favorite for No. 2 duties but Terrell believes his hand injury has made the situation "a little more muddled." Meanwhile rookie Tyler Boyd has had a productive preseason while drawing praise from WRs coach James Urban. "He's a natural football player," said Urban. "He has great football instincts." LaFell and Boyd aren't projected to be major fantasy assets, though both players should be more involved during Tyler Eifert's absence.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 5:29 PM

Brandon LaFell (hand) is participating in Bengals practice Sunday.

LaFell is dealing with a torn ligament in his hand, but intends to play through it. For an already drop-prone player, it will be interesting to see whether LaFell can consistently catch the ball playing with this injury. At present, LaFell seems to be likely to play in Week 1. His effectiveness is in doubt, however.
Aug 21 - 4:07 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis does not expect Brandon LaFell (hand) to miss Week 1.

LaFell reportedly has a torn ligament in his hand which could require surgery. Since an operation would almost certainly knock him out for the opener, Lewis' comments could mean LaFell will avoid surgery. Brandon Tate started opposite A.J. Green with LaFell sidelined during the preseason opener, but rookie Tyler Boyd will likely take most of his reps.
Aug 16 - 12:11 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Brandon LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand.

LaFell sat out the preseason opener and had not been practicing this week. Now we know why. Garafolo reports it is possible LaFell has surgery to repair the issue, but the injury is not expected to be a season-ender. With LaFell out last week, Brandon Tate started in two-wide sets opposite A.J. Green with Tyler Boyd in the slot. With LaFell now out indefinitely, it is likely the Bengals move Boyd outside.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Brandon LaFell has "been flashing more and more" as of late.

LaFell struggled with drops early in camp -- he reportedly dropped another two balls on Monday -- but he has now started to make plays around those drops. If he can provide a reasonable threat opposite A.J. Green, the Bengals will be happy to live with his balky hands. LaFell has some big-time target upside in an offense desperate for pass catchers.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 9 - 8:14 AM

Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is listed as a starter opposite A.J. Green.

Second-rounder Tyler Boyd has gotten all the summer ink, but LaFell has been the most obvious candidate to line up alongside Green all along. Boyd is trying to nail down the slot. LaFell had a nightmarish 2015 in New England, but struggled with his health early on. He could rebound as a WR3/4 in an offense that has tons of targets to distribute with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone and Tyler Eifert injured.
Aug 8 - 3:04 PM

Brandon LaFell says he’s acclimated to the Bengals’ offense.

LaFell was targeted behind only A.J. Green this spring with Tyler Eifert sidelined. The Bengals are limiting rookie Tyler Boyd to the slot, so there’s some early-season value to his role if Eifert isn’t ready for Week 1. LaFell was a drop-heavy disaster in 2015, but should see a lot of single coverage.
Jun 25 - 2:49 PM

Brandon LaFell said he and Andy Dalton are on the same page.

"I’ve been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now," LaFell said, "so we’ve got the timing down and it’s been showing in practice every day." Drops were reportedly again an issue for LaFell during the offseason program, but he is locked in as the No. 2 receiver opposite A.J. Green. That spot should earn him plenty of single coverage and a healthy amount of targets as well.
Jun 21 - 10:27 AM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Brandon LaFell has dealt with some drops at OTAs.

LaFell has never had good hands, but his 2015 was ruined by several drops in key situations. It is concerning those issues have popped up again so early in his Bengals career, but the team thinks more time in the system will help with his consistency. Even if the drops remain a concern, LaFell is a sneaky bet for 100 targets as the starter opposite A.J. Green.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 11 - 10:11 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Andy Dalton
2A.J. McCarron
3Jeff Driskel
RB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Alex Erickson
3Cody Core
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Tyler Boyd
3James Wright
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Eifert
2Tyler Kroft
3C.J. Uzomah
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Jake Fisher
LG1Clint Boling
C1Russell Bodine
2T.J. Johnson
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2Christian Westerman
RT1Cedric Ogbuehi
2Eric Winston
K1Mike Nugent