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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%: 94/61 | Average Draft Position: 161.26
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Patriots list lengthy injury report for final regular season game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).


Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell each crack 60-yard mark Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) With Julian Edelman sidelined with a concussion, Patriots wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell each contributed with 60-plus-yard performances in Sunday's win over the Jets in Week 16.

Amendola had a season-best eight catches for 63 yards on 11 targets. LaFell came down with seven of the 10 passes thrown his way for 64 yards in a 17-16 victory.

New England will close out the regular season at home against Buffalo.


Patriots' Shane Vereen, Brandon LaFell ready to roll Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen (ankle) and wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder) were officially ruled active for Sunday's divisional clash against the Jets. Both players entered the week as questionable to to injuries.

New England is a 9 1/2-point favorite on the road against New York.


Patriots list 12 players as questionable in Week 16 injury report


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Patriots listed the following players as questionable for Week 16’s game at the New York Jets: Danny Aiken (finger), Kyle Arrington (hamstring), LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), Dan Connolly (knee), Julian Edelman (concussion), Cameron Fleming (ankle), Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), Chandler Jones (hip), Brandon LaFell (shoulder), Rob Ninkovich (heel), Shane Vereen (ankle) and Chris White (ankle).

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player listed as probable. The Patriots did not have any players listed as out or doubtful.

The Patriots are 10 1/2-point favorites over the Jets.


Edelman, LaFell, Vereen still limited for Patriots


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Patriots received limited participation in practice from Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen on Thursday.

All three players were limited on Wednesday, so there was no change in their status. Edelman is battling a thigh injury and a concussion. LaFell has a shoulder issue. Vereen is dealing with an ankle injury. The team will release a final game status for each player following Friday's practice. 


Brandon LaFell, Shane Vereen limited for Patriots


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell and running back Shane Vereen were limited in practice on Wednesday.

LaFell is dealing with a shoulder injury. Vereen was listed with an ankle issue. Both players have been active for every game this season. Their statuses will be determined by how much work they can put in on Thursday and Friday.


Patriots' Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman keep rolling vs. Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots wide receivers Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman put together solid performances during Sunday's victory over Miami in Week 15.

Both receivers combined for 13 catches for 154 yards and a score. Edelman came down with a 6-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. He caught seven of 10 passes thrown in his direction for 88 yards and a touchdown. LaFell was targeted eight times and finished with six grabs for 66 yards in a 41-13 victory.

New England will face the Jets in Week 16.


Brandon LaFell stumbling at the wrong time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell has just 8 Fantasy points over the last two games combined, as he seems to be slumping at precisely the wrong time for Fantasy owners.

LaFell, who put together 15 Fantasy points thanks to a two-touchdown day in Week 13, was held out of the end zone for the second straight game in Week 15 against the Dolphins. He had a solid showing otherwise, with 66 yards on six catches, but his production over the last two hasn't been up to par.

LaFell had 9 and 15 points in Weeks 12 and 13, respectively, so it's not like he's terribly far removed from a big outing. However, he is averaging just 10.1 yards per catch over the last four games, and hasn't had a reception longer than 20 yards as well.

LaFell's got a big enough role in the offense that he'll never disappear, but the lack of big plays lately has to be concerning. He's got a great matchup on the way in Week 16 against the Jets, but still looks more like a low-end starting Fantasy option. 


Brady, LaFell, Edelman, Vereen among notable active players for Pats


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) As expected, the Patriots ruled four of their offensive stars active for Sunday's divisional clash against Miami in Week 15. Those four include Tom Brady (ankle), Julian Edelman (thigh), Brandon LaFell (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle). Brady was the only one of the four ruled probable leading up to Sunday. The other three were questionable.

Report: Patriots' LaFell, Vereen, Edelman all expected to play Week 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh) and running back Shane Vereen (ankle) are all expected to play Week 15 against the Dolphins, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report, according to ESPN.

All three players were limited in practice all week. The Dolphins are yielding 123.5 rushing yards and 203.2 passing yards per game.


Patriots list nine questionable for Sunday against the Dolphins


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury. The Boston Herald reported earlier in the day the team is considering placing Easley on injured-reserve to have him healthy in 2015. 

The Patriots also listed nine players as questionable for Sunday including: Dont'a Hightower, Cameron Fleming, Brandon LaFell  Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Chris WhiteJulian Edelman, Dan Connolly and Shane Vereen


Patriots WR Brandon LaFell catches four passes vs. Chargers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught four of his nine targets for 41 yards in his team's 23-14 win over the Chargers in Week 14.

LaFell joined Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski as heavily-targeted options for Tom Brady Sunday, but unlike the other two players, LaFell couldn't manage to score a touchdown or catch a large percentage of his passes. He has been held to a total of 79 yards in his last two games after topping 50 yards in six straight. LaFell will look to bounce back in Week 15 against the Dolphins.


Patriots' Brady, Vereen, Edelman, LaFell active Week 14


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Nine players on the Patriots' final Week 14 injury report are active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, including quarterback Tom Brady (ankle), running back Shane Vereen (ankle) and wide receivers Julian Edelman (thigh) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder).

Brady and tackle Marcus Cannon (hip) were listed as probable, so their absence from the team's inactive list isn't a surprise. Vereen, Edelman and LaFell all carried questionable tags coming into Sunday. Other questionables who are active against the Chargers include center Danny Aiken (concussion), guard Dan Connolly (ankle), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) and cornerback Kyle Arrington (ankle).


Patriots list 10 players questionable for Week 14


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) As expected, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (hip) were the only players deemed probable for Sunday's Week 14 clash against the Chargers. Linebacker Chris White (ankle) was ruled doubtful.

Meanwhile, the following players were designated as questionable for the game: Long snapper Danny Aiken (concussion), cornerback Kyle Arrington (ankle), offensive lineman Dan Connolly (ankle), defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh) offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder) and running back Shane Vereen (ankle).

All 10 New England players that were listed as questionable were limited participants in practice the entire week leading up to the game.


Brandon LaFell too valuable to sit down the stretch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell put together another good game in Week 13 against the Packers, and simply has to be viewed as a must-start Fantasy option down the stretch.

LaFell hauled in two touchdowns in Sunday's game, making up for a subpar 38-yard effort, and now has at least 6 Fantasy points in each of the last five games, while averaging 11.8 Fantasy points per game in that span. He has been targeted an average of 9.6 times per game, and has clearly emerged as the second-best option in the team's high-powered passing attack.

LaFell was started in 61 percent of CBSSports.com leagues in Week 13, but it is clear that number needs to be higher. Despite getting off to a dreadfully slow start, LaFell is 17th among all wide receivers in Fantasy scoring, and should keep rolling in Week 14, against a Chargers defense that has allowed five wide receivers to record at least 8 Fantasy points over the last four games. 


Patriots' Brandon LaFell pulls in two scores Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell pulled in two touchdowns Week 13 against the Packers.

LaFell wasn't Tom Brady's most popular target, but he made his catches count. LaFell finished with five receptions for 38 yards and two scores. He hauled in a 2 yard touchdown from Brady in the second quarter, and came back with a 15 yard strike in the fourth quarter. LaFell was targeted seven times. That figure ranked third on the team.

LaFell will look for more Week 14 against the Chargers. 


Tom Brady, Shane Vereen good to go for Patriots


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Patriots will have Tom Brady and Shane Vereen Week 13 against the Packers.

Brady was listed as probable due to an ankle injury. He was always expected to play. Vereen came into the contest listed as questionable. He's also dealing with an ankle injury, but will attempt to play through it. 

The team is also expected to have Danny Aiken, Dan Connolly, Dominique Easley and Brandon LaFell. All four players were also listed as questionable, but will try to play.

Marcus Cannon and Julian Edelman, who were considered probable, are also active for the contest. 


Questionables dominate injury report issued by Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) Eleven Patriots are on their injury report for their Sunday game against Green Bay, but none have been deemed any worse than questionable.

Eight have been given that designation, including running back Shane Vereen (ankle). The others are long snapper Danny Aiken (concussion), offensive linemen Dan Connolly (ankle) and Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger), defensive linemen Chandler Jones (hip) and Dominique Easley (knee), wideout Brandon LaFell (shoulder) and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

The probables are headlined by quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh). The other is offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (hip).


Patriots WR Brandon LaFell falls two yards shy of century mark


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell fell two yards shy of surpassing the 100-yard threshold during Sunday's 34-9 victory over Detroit.

LaFell came down with six catches for 81 yards in the first half and was held to only three grabs the rest of the way. He was targeted 12 times and finished with nine receptions for 98 yards. Through 11 games, he has 48 catches for 674 yards and five touchdowns. His career highs are 49 catches, 677 yards and five touchdowns in a 16-game season.

LaFell will look to build off another impressive performance in Week 13 against Green Bay.


Brandon LaFell leads Patriots WR corps in Week 11


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell led his position group with 62 yards on three catches in Sunday's 42-20 win over the Colts in Week 11.

The Patriots ran roughshod over the Colts, and when Tom Brady hooked up with his teammates on passing touchdowns, they went to the tight ends. LaFell did his damage on just four targets. Julian Edelman led all Patriots players with five catches and eight targets but managed just 50 yards in the game. Danny Amendola kicked in 13 yards while catching both of his targets.

The Patriots are set to face the Lions at home in Week 12.


Patriots WR Brandon LaFell returns to practice Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell was back at practice Wednesday after missing the Tuesday session with strep throat.

LaFell is on pace to achieve his finest season with 36 catches for 514 yards and five touchdowns, which already matches his career-high.


Pats WR Brandon LaFell not practicing Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell was not present for Tuesday's practice, reports NESN.com. The team won't release an injury report Tuesday, so the reason may remain unknown. LaFell has five touchdowns over his past six games.

New England visits the Colts on Sunday.


Patriots WR Brandon LaFell scores Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell found the end zone Week 9 against the Broncos.

LaFell was actually the most targeted Patriot, getting 13 opportunities during the game. He hauled in six passes for 53 yards and a score. LaFell had some issues with drops, but held on to the ball when it counted most. In the third quarter, Tom Brady hit LaFell on a 10 yard scoring strike. LaFell has now scored five touchdowns over the last six games.

LaFell is on a bye Week 10.


Brandon LaFell not the only Patriots WR to consider


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) It's time to give Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell a shot in Fantasy -- as in not just owning him, but starting him. If his 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown Week 8 against the Bears weren't enough to convince you, his matchup Week 9 against Denver should be.

It's not that the Broncos are so bad against the pass. They rank in the middle of the pack, allowing 242.9 yards per game. It's just that the Patriots' only hope against them is to beat Peyton Manning at his own game. Their passing attack -- at least the version they've shown in the last four weeks -- is good enough to beat anybody when they're motivated to use it.

LaFell appears to have leapfrogged Julian Edelman in the pecking order, but frankly, Edelman might not be such a bad play either. Tom Brady is going to need every weapon at his disposal to outscore Manning and company. Edelman is more of a desperation play than LaFell, I think, advisable only if you're short on startable wide receivers, but Dave Richard likes him enough with this matchup to rank him 24th at the position.


Brandon LaFell pushing Julian Edelman out?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) Tom Brady had a new favorite target Week 8 against Chicago, and I don't mean tight end Rob Gronkowski. He may have led the Patriots with 149 yards and three touchdowns, but wide receiver Brandon LaFell actually had more targets and catches, finishing with 11 of both for 124 yards and a touchdown of his own.

So where was Julian Edelman in all of this? He was suddenly an afterthought in the passing game, making just one grab for 14 yards. The poor production has been going on for a while now, but he also had just four targets in this one, nearly half his previous low of seven.

We may have witnessed a changing of the guard here. Though LaFell consistently trailed Edelman in targets the previous four weeks, he averaged 72.8 yards during that stretch to Edelman's 48.3. True, because of his role, Edelman will never average many yards per catch, but now that Brady has some trust in LaFell, he may not have much incentive to target Edelman, who has also struggled with drops recently. His comparatively small gains are even harder to justify when they're not cinch completions.

With this performance, I'd consider LaFell a must-add. He has a growing role in an explosive offense. And though it would have seemed like blasphemy just a few weeks ago, I don't know that Edelman is beyond dropping in standard (as in non-PPR) leagues.