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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%: 92/79 | Average Draft Position: 161.26
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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.


Patriots WR Brandon LaFell can't be stopped Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Patriots wideout Brandon LaFell could not be stopped Week 8 against the Bears.

LaFell hauled in all of his 11 targets, gaining 124 yards and a score. While LaFell didn't have any huge gains, he was a consistent mid-range threat for Tom Brady. After a big punt return, LaFell was able to score on a 9 yard catch from Tom Brady. With the game wrapped up early, LaFell sat on the team's final drive. 

LaFell will look for more Week 9 against the Broncos. 


Prioritizing waiver-wire picks at wide receiver


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) In his Week 8 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg takes a look at the wide receivers most worth adding ahead of this week's games.

The list is headlined by new Seahawks' No. 1 Doug Baldwin (33 percent owned), with Odell Beckham (68 percent) of the Giants, Davante Adams (21 percent) of the Packers, Allen Robinson (34 percent) of the Jaguars and Brandon LaFell (56 percent) of the Patriots rounding out the remainder of the top five.

If you need to drop someone to make room for any pickups this week, he also recommends possibly parting ways with the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson (81 percent) or the Steelers' Markus Wheaton (35 percent). 


Patriots' backup pass-catchers contribute Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Patriots received contributions from a number of players Week 7 against the Jets.

Brandon LaFell led the way, hauling in four passes for 55 yards. He finished third on the team in yardage, and was targeted five times. Danny Amendola caught one pass, but made it count. In the fourth quarter, Amendola scored on a 19 yard reception from Tom Brady. Amendola should have had a better game, but had a couple catches taken away due to penalties. Brandon Bolden also caught one ball for 4 yards. 

They'll look for more Week 8 against the Bears. 


Brandon LaFell emerging as playmaker


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) Between wide receiver Julian Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Shane Vereen, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has plenty of options when he wants to throw the ball underneath, but when he wants to go long, wide receiver Brandon LaFell is also in the mix.

It was never more apparent than Week 6 at Buffalo, when LaFell led the Patriots with 97 yards on four catches. He scored twice, catching a short pass over the middle and taking it the rest of the way for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and then beating the defense down the sideline on a 56-yard bomb to seal the game with a little more than two minutes to go.

LaFell had a season-high 119 yards Week 4 at Kansas City, and his touchdown then also came on a long reception of 44 yards. Most of that came after the catch, however.

Though LaFell has to split looks with Edelman, Gronkowski, Vereen and others, the receiving corps as a whole may benefit from the loss of running back Stevan Ridley, who injured his knee in Week 6. LaFell may have a tendency to boom or bust in a given week, but with his boom potential on the rise, he's now worth a flier in standard Fantasy leagues.


Patriots WR Brandon LaFell records second career multi-TD game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell played a big part in Sunday's win at Buffalo, recording two touchdowns in a 37-22 victory. LaFell finished with a team-high 97 receiving yards on four catches.

LaFell, who was targeted six times, was having a pretty quiet game until breaking out for two fourth-quarter touchdowns. LaFell gave New England a 30-14 lead with an 18-yard touchdown catch with 8:42 remaining. He then closed out the scoring with a 56-yard touchdown catch with 2:49 left. It was the second multi-touchdown game of his career.

LaFell, who is in his first season with New England, has three touchdowns in his last three games. The Patriots are back in action Thursday vs. N.Y. Jets.


Which receivers are worth adding this week?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal has been targeted at least six times in every game so far this season, and his big performance in recent weeks is enough to convince Jamey Eisenberg to put him at the top of his waiver-wire priority list ahead of week five.

Additionally, Jamey tabs Brian Quick of the Rams, Rueben Randle of the Giants, Malcom Floyd of the Chargers and Andrew Hawkins of the Browns rounds out the top five at wide receiver, with Odell Beckham of the Giants, Davante Adams of the Packers and Brandon LaFell of the Patriots possible sleepers.

If you need to clear a spot on your roster for any moves this week, consider parting ways with Kendall Wright, Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Riley Cooper


Brandon LaFell taking advantage of his shot


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) On a team that is utterly bereft of receiving options, Brandon LaFell has emerged as Tom Brady's favorite target over the last two games. Should Fantasy owners be buying into his new role?

LaFell has been targeted 18 times over the last two games, including 10 times during his six-catch, 119-yard performance in Week 4. He also hauled in his first touchdown of the season Monday, a 44-yard catch and run during which he showed the kind of playmaking the Patriots' offense has sorely missed this season.

LaFell has been targeted at least six times in three of four games this season, and was one of just two offensive players to log all 50 snaps in Week 4. He has clearly earned a significant role on the team, but there are enough questions about just how effective the Patriots' passing game is at this point that it will be hard to rely on him for Fantasy purposes. 

In a perfect world, LaFell would be the team's third option in the passing game, but things have been decidedly not perfect for the Patriots so far. LaFell is owned in just 7 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, so he is worth adding at this point in many leagues, even if he might not be a dependable starter. 


Brandon LaFell only bright spot for Patriots


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Brandon LaFell led the Patriots in every receiving category in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs. He caught six of his 10 targets for a career-best 119 yards and a touchdown, producing his first 100-yard game since Week 5 last season when he played for Carolina.

A 6-3, 210-pounder, LaFell showed his strength late in the third quarter when he caught a slant and shed a tackle en route to a 44-yard score. This was only his third career 100-yard game.

LaFell will try to keep it going Week 5 when New England hosts the Bengals.


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.