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WR Brandon LaFell - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Summary

While he did have a noteworthy season in 2014 with New England when he scored seven touchdowns and finished just shy of 1,000 yards, LaFell isn't the man to bring an end to the dearth of talent starting at wide receiver opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati. LaFell is excited about the opportunity, though, and says he expects to be used all over the field - including the slot. But with Green, tight end Tyler Eifert, and running back Giovani Bernard a threat out of the backfield, LaFell is at best tied for third in the pecking order for Andy Dalton's targets. LaFell's contract (one year, $2.5 million) neither suggests he's in the team's long-term plans nor means they're financially motivated to start him all season. He's on a true "prove it" contract. (August 22)

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Stats and Projections

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2013 CAR 16 2 15 0 85 49 627 5
2014 NE 16 2 13 0 119 74 953 7 1
2015 NE 11 2 9 0 74 37 515 0
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 25 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 3 * * 34 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 13 0 * * 23 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 5 * * 32 * * *

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Latest News

Bengals | Brandon LaFell yet to lock up job (Thu Aug 25, 12:27 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) has yet to play in a preseason game due to a hand injury. He and rookie WR Tyler Boyd are considered the top two candidates to start opposite WR A.J. Green. LaFell is likely to play in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 28, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Our View: It looks very much like Boyd will win this job since LaFell is stuck on the trainer's table. Boyd's ADP is currently sitting at 165 overall and WR58, while LaFell has fallen completely off the map. That means you can get him cheap and late, but we're feeling it isn't worth it or at least that the payoff might never come.
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Bengals | Brandon LaFell practicing Sunday (Sun Aug 21, 04:37 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) participated in practice Sunday, Aug. 21. He caught balls during warmups.

Our View: This is a good sign that LaFell's hand injury won't keep him from playing Week 1 against the Jets. If LaFell can go it hurts Tyler Boyd's Week 1 sleeper train momentum a bit.
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Bengals | Brandon LaFell may not miss time (Tue Aug 16, 02:07 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) is still expected to be ready by Week 1 despite a torn ligament in his hand, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

Our View: If LaFell misses time and nobody notices, does it matter? We're not excited by LaFell with his new team. Rookie Tyler Boyd is a player who could emerge opposite A.J. Green at some point this season.
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Bengals | Brandon LaFell may need surgery (Tue Aug 16, 11:47 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) has a torn ligament in his hand, and he could require surgery. The surgery isn't expected to be of the season-ending variety.

Our View: We will see if the Bengals make a move at wide receiver. They have no proven receivers on the roster after A.J. Green, so returner Brandon Tate and second-round pick Tyler Boyd will be pressed into more duty for now.
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