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19 Brandon LaFell WR
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 11/4/1986 | Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA | Team: New England | College: Louisiana State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 72/10 | Average Draft Position: 161.26
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Brandon LaFell catches first passes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who was shut out in each of his first two games with his new team, finally made an impact Week 3 against Oakland. He caught four passes for 46 yards and was second on the team with eight targets.

LaFell also had six targets in Week 1, though he failed to connect with quarterback Tom Brady then. He'll look to build off this performance Week 4 at Kansas City.


Brandon LaFell posts a doughnut in debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell made no impact in his team debut Sunday, in a 33-20 Week 1 loss.

Tom Brady looked LaFell's way six times in the passing game, but the two had trouble hooking up in their first game together. LaFell caught none of the passes thrown his way in the loss, and will look for better success in Week 2 against the Vikings.  


Brandon LaFell scores first touchdown with new club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell scored his first touchdown with his new club Friday night at home against Philadelphia in preseason action.

LaFell caught a 4-yard pass in the end zone from backup Jimmy Garoppolo early in the second quarter. He was targeted three times and finished with two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown.


Tom Brady building rapport with Brandon LaFell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) New Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell was plagued by drops at the start of camp, but he's come on strong lately. In Tuesday's joint practice with the Redskins, he fought off De'Angelo Hall's jam at the line to catch a slant and made a brilliant one-handed grab on a go route, reports CSNNE.com.

"He keeps making more plays," quarterback Tom Brady said. "He’s understanding better and better. He’s a veteran. He’s savvy, knows how to run the routes, big body, big frame, makes a lot of tough catches."

Brady said he appreciates having a bigger receiver to throw to. LaFell is 6-3, 210 pounds.

"Absolutely," Brady said. "I've got some of the little pygmies out there like Julian [Edelman] and Danny [Amendola] and it’s nice to have a little bigger guy out there from time to time who has a bigger catch radius. Hopefully Danny and Julian don’t get mad at me for saying that. They won’t. They know I’m joking."

Brandon LaFell adjusting to life in New England


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell is trying to get adjusted to being in New England, reports the Boston Herald.

"Yeah, it's spinning, man," LaFell said. "It's been the craziest two or three months of my life."

The Patriots signed LaFell in March to a three-year, $9 million deal. He spent the previous four seasons with the Panthers. The hope is that he will add a dimension to the offense that is currently lacking with Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson as the top options.

He's learning the new offense on the go, which has been an adjustment.

"We're throwing in a whole lot of plays every day," LaFell said. "At the same time you're a professional, man. You gotta be able to do it. There's going to be times during the season when we come in on Monday and throw in eight plays, come back in on Thursday and throw in another eight. It's pretty much getting us prepared for the season. The harder it is now, the easier it will be on Sunday."


Brandon LaFell going 'half-speed' as he learns offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell said he's going about "half-speed" as he learns a complex new offense. "I’m used to running a numbers system and now I’m back to code words, so, it’s a lot [to absorb]," the 6-2, 210-pounder told reporters after Thursday’s OTA practice.

"It’s been a grind so far, man, trying to learn this new playbook, my new teammates.

"The quicker I can learn this offense, the quicker I can go out there and be reliable and play fast, knowing what I’m doing. Now, I’m kind of playing at half-speed because I’m thinking so much. The quicker I can learn, the better I can help this team. I’ve learned a lot, but I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet."


Brandon LaFell got $3 million guaranteed


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Receiver Brandon LaFell's three-year, $9 million contract with the Patriots includes a $3 million signing bonus, reports the Boston Herald. The large signing bonus makes LaFell a lock to make the roster, and he should compete for a starting job.

Brandon LaFell chose Pats to play with Tom Brady


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Receiver Brandon LaFell said he left the Panthers for the Patriots for the "chance to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback. One day Cam [Newton] will be there, probably. I feel like it was a better chance to come up here and get more balls than there was with Carolina. 

"Nothing against those guys. Those guys are going to win. [But] it's proven up here.''

Brandon LaFell signs three-year deal with Patriots


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) The Patriots have agreed to a deal with free-agent wide receiver Brandon LaFell Saturday, according to ESPN.com. The deal is expected to be for three years, with NFL.com reporting a value of roughly $11 million over the life of the deal.

LaFell has settled in as a decent contributor for the Panthers in recent years, as he recorded his third straight season with between 600 and 680 receiving yards last year. He finished the 2013 season with 49 receptions for 627 yards and five touches. 


Panthers interested in bringing back Brandon LaFell


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The Panthers are interested in bringing back receiver Brandon LaFell, NFL Network is reporting Thursday. But LaFell visited with the Patriots and also has garnered interest from the Broncos. 

Last year LaFell posted 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns, posting career-highs in catches and touchdowns while falling just shy of his best mark in yardage by 50 yards. 


Broncos show 'huge interest' in Brandon LaFell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Free agent receiver Brandon LaFell visited the Patriots on Wednesday and also is drawing "huge interest" from the Broncos, reports NFL Network. It appears LaFell will leave the Panthers after four seasons.

Patriots hosting Brandon LaFell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Free agent receiver Brandon LaFell is visiting the Patriots, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. LaFell is an excellent run blocker who caught 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns with the Panthers last season.

Brandon LaFell a better No. 3 receiver?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Free agent receiver Brandon LaFell showed in his four years with the Panthers that he might be a better No. 3 receiver than a No. 2, reports the Charlotte Observer. With LaFell's lack of production and the glut of receivers on the market, "he's likely to fetch around $1 million per year," the report said.

Patriots have decisions to make at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Patriots have to make some decisions at receiver this offseason, reports the Boston Herald

The first is deciding to pay free agent Julian Edelman. The report says Edelman might want a contract similar to what Danny Amendola got last season (five years and a max value of $31 million). But the Patriots will probably offer Edelman something similar to their offer to Wes Welker (two years, $10 million). Based on that, the report expects Edelman to chase the money elsewhere.

Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce continue to develop, and getting Rob Gronkowski (ACL) back at 100 percent is vital.

The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin or Hakeem Nicks. Or if Edelman returns, the Patriots could still add someone like Brandon LaFell, Nate Burleson, Riley Cooper or Kenny Britt.


Report: Brandon LaFell likely to get one-year offer


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell "likely will be asked to take a team-friendly, one-year deal to stay in Charlotte, reports the Charlotte Observer. LaFell caught 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Re-signing Ted Ginn higher priority than Brandon LaFell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) With Carolina's Nos. 2 and 3 receivers, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn, headed for free agency, the Panthers are expected to make re-signing Ginn a higher priority, reports the Charlotte Observer. Ginn had 556 receiving yards despite limited snaps and revitalized the return game.

LaFell's agent tried to work out an extension with the team before the season, but was told no deals would be done until the offseason, the report said.

Ginn made it clear he wants to return. He's grateful the Panthers gave him a chance at receiver, in contrast to his former team the 49ers.

“I want to be able to give them the joy back by having me and sticking together,” Ginn told the paper. “There’s nothing like being somewhere where you have good people around you."


Panthers backup receivers average against San Francisco


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Panthers backup wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon LaFell turned in average games against the 49ers.

Three of Ginn's four catches came on the team's final two drives. He finished the game with 104 yards. A large chunk of his yardage was compiled on a late screen pass that went for 59 yards when the game was basically out of reach. LaFell was targeted a team-high seven times, but caught just four passes for 34 yards. 


Brandon LaFell eager for Steve Smith's return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell was averaging four catches for 44 yards until fellow receiver Steve Smith hurt his knee. Since Smith's injury in the first quarter Week 16 vs. New Orleans, LaFell has one catch for 13 yards, reports the team's website.

"I don't think I've been putting more pressure on myself; I just think I've been getting the coverage Smitty was getting when he was out," LaFell said. "I respect him for what he does because in the two games I've been treated the way they treat him. They are bracketing and double-teaming, and it's hard over there."

LaFell, who had 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, can't wait to see Smith suit up Sunday against the 49ers. Smith has said he'll play but is not sure how effective he'll be.

"We are going to get him back this week, and I'll get back to my regular spot," LaFell said. "Hopefully, I can make some more plays."


Brandon LaFell squandering his chance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) With Steve Smith sidelined for most of the final two games, Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell had a chance to step up. Instead he caught one of seven targets for 13 yards.

Coach Ron Rivera tried to put a positive spin on LaFell's play in an interview with ESPN.com. "He's playing pretty well," Rivera said. "He's putting himself in position to be targeted.''

Smith should return from his knee sprain for Carolina's first playoff game. LaFell will continue to start, in part because he's a terrific blocker.


Panthers receivers don't do much


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) The Panthers receivers didn't do much Sunday at Atlanta in Week 17.

Ted Ginn scored a touchdown, but he had just two catches for 6 yards on five targets. Domenik Hixon had two catches for 16 yards on three targets. Brandon LaFell had no catches on five targets.

Steve Smith (knee) was out for this game, but he should return for the playoffs. The Panthers won the NFC South title and locked up the No. 2 seed. They next play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. 


Ted Ginn, Brandon LaFell have sleeper appeal in Week 17


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/26/2013) The Panthers head into Week 17 at Atlanta without Steve Smith (knee), which should allow Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell the chance to play well in a solid matchup against the Falcons.

Atlanta has allowed 16 receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin last week, with 17 touchdowns. None of the Panthers receivers scored against the Falcons in Week 9, but they could correct that in the rematch.

We would give Ginn the slight edge over LaFell because of his big-play ability, but both Carolina receivers should be considered sleepers. Go into Week 17 with Ginn as a low-end No. 3 receiver and LaFell as a Hail Mary type of plug-and-play option in deeper formats.


Brandon LaFell catches one pass Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught one pass Week 16.

LaFell finished the game with 13 receiving yards. He was targeted two times. LaFell will take on the Falcons Week 17.


Brandon LaFell racks up 61 yards in win over Jets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Panthers receivers Brandon LaFell enjoyed a productive performance during Sunday's win over the Jets in Week 15.

LaFell caught a 36-yard pass down the middle early in the opening quarter, which led to a field goal. He also ran a reverse for a gain of 6 yards in the first. He caught three of the four passes thrown in his direction for 61 yards in a 30-20 victory.

LaFell has tallied at least 60 receiving yards for the first time since Week 9 against the Falcons. He has 48 receptions for 614 yards and three touchdowns this season. He'll look to stay productive at home against the Saints in Week 16.

Panthers get minor contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Several Panthers made small offensive contributions Week 14 at New Orleans. Receiver Brandon LaFell caught two of four targets for 22 yards, making one bad drop, while receiver Ted Ginn brought in two of five targets for 5 yards.

Running back Mike Tolbert rushed three times for 12 yards and caught both his targets for 17 yards.


Can you trust Brandon LaFell or Ted Ginn this week?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/6/2013) Panthers receivers Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are coming off productive games in Week 13 against Tampa Bay, but can you trust them as starting options in Week 14 at New Orleans?

It's a tough matchup because the Saints have only allowed six receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points with nine touchdowns all season. They should be able to contain LaFell and Ginn this week.

Ginn has a touchdown in two of the past three games, but he only has one game with double digits in Fantasy points since Week 3. And LaFell has also scored in two of his past three games, but he has only one game with double digits in Fantasy points since Week 6.

LaFell and Ginn could do well in this matchup, but it's risky to trust them, especially at the start of the Fantasy playoffs. Consider them boom-or-bust No. 4 Fantasy receivers this week.