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WR Brandon LaFell - New England Patriots

6-3, 211Born: 11-4-1986College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): LaFell is getting a ton of play as the Patriots primary wide receiver, and perhaps he can keep his somewhat fluky production going as the Patriots offense continues to spread its wings. He's at least a weekly desperation play, with more potential if the targets and production become consistent.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has been on a tear since being benched early in the loss to Kansas City - 48/75 for 622 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown is what he's thrown over the past two games, folks. Impressive. Four players have been targeted 10 or more times during the last two explosive games: Rob Gronkowski (19 targets for 12/162/0 receiving); Julian Edelman (22 for 14/135/0 receiving); Brandon LaFell (11 for 8/152/2), and Shane Vereen (11 for 6/74/2 receiving). There are a lot of fantasy points available from Brady during recent weeks - start one of the above fantasy receivers and your club should be doing well at the end of Sunday. The Bears' pass D just last weekend allowed Miami 25/32 for 256 net yards, two TDs with one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -21 yards. Two weeks back, it was Matt Ryan slinging 19/37 for 245 yards, one TD and one interception while taking four sacks for -26 yards. Chicago gives freely in this phase of the game. In fact the Bears are tied for 19th in the NFL averaging 247.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up to date, vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied-eighth) generated so far. This is a good matchup for the streaking Brady and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at KC 0 0 0 10 6 119 1 0
5 vs CIN 0 0 0 4 1 20 0 0
6 at BUF 0 0 0 6 4 97 2 0
7 vs NYJ 0 0 0 5 4 55 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CIN (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

After being one of the only bright spots against the Chiefs, Brandon Lafell came back down to earth, seeing only a handful of targets. His highlight (lowlight) of the night wasn't his 20 yard catch, but rather watching him give up on a deep ball by Tom Brady. It wasn't clear whether he didn't know the ball was coming to him, but regardless, he likely got an earful from quarterback and coach alike after that play.

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 97 / 2 rec)

Brandon LaFell was once again involved in the Patriots offensive attack, operating as the third weapon behind Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. His biggest impact plays were his two touchdowns, with the second one icing the game for the Patriots. His first touchdown was an 18 yarder where LaFell found a soft spot in a zone defense, sat down, waited for the ball, then ran into the end zone fairly easily. His second touchdown was a very nice deep throw by Tom Brady, a ball LaFell caught about 25 yards down the field, avoided a tackle, then raced down the sideline for a great score. LaFell's chemistry with Brady is notably improving on a weekly basis, and he displayed a bit more elusiveness today than he had in prior weeks. He may not be consistent on a weekly basis, but LaFell is developing into a competent weapon for the Patriots after some questions early on in the season.

2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)

LaFell had a decent day, highlighted by a couple catches and runs and broken tackles. The Patriots' first pass of the day was a 24 yard strike to LaFell, who avoided defenders and picked up some solid yards after catch. LaFell was also called for another offensive pass interference call, and one wonders if they should stop calling pick plays for him, as he's now picked up 3 or 4 penalties on the same play during the course of the season. LaFell also bobbled one of his catches that could have gone for more yardage had he looked the ball into his hands and then run.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

WR Dynasty - 86, 71, 73

Footballguys Articles

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  Matt Waldman - June 9
The Gut Check No.298 - WR Drop Rates
  Matt Waldman - June 23
The Gut Check No.301: Gut Checks Part II
  Matt Waldman - July 10
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  Jeff Tefertiller - March 8
Dynasty Depth Chart Diving: AFC Wide Receivers
  Chad Parsons - July 3
FanDuel Bargain Buys: Week 8
  Heath Cummings - October 24
FanDuel Bargain Buys: Week 5
  Heath Cummings - October 3
Believe It Or Not: Week 5
  Heath Cummings - October 1

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  Jamey Eisenberg - August 21
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  Evan Silva - August 19

Schedule

8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills