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WR Brandon LaFell - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Nov 24): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 23): practiced fully on Thursday.

Week 12: vs Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bengals passing game this season has been based on whether A.J. Green has a great game or not. In three of their last five weeks, the Bengals have been held to 154 yards or less passing as they have struggled against teams that are able to take Green out of the game plan with top-end cornerbacks. Outside of Green, the Bengals have struggled to find a secondary receiver as both Brandon LaFell and Tyler Kroft have been extremely up and down. The Browns pass defense is one that is improving as of late as they have allowed the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks and are 15th on the season in terms of passing yardage allowed. Jason McCourty continues to be one of the best cornerbacks in football this season and safety Derrick Kindred has been playing much better as of late. This is a defense that while they give up passing touchdowns as they have allowed the fourth most this season is a defense that is capable of stopping the pass and should give the Bengals problems this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs IND 51 0 0 0 5 4 44 0 0 3.4
9 at JAX 38 0 0 0 2 2 28 0 0 2.8
10 at TEN 48 0 0 0 10 6 95 1 0 15.5
11 at DEN 38 0 0 0 5 3 37 0 0 3.7
12 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

LaFell very nearly scored a 64-yard touchdown. He caught a deep crossing route and was able to stay on his feet despite a big hit and keep his balance. He wasn't quite able to keep his foot off of the sideline on the 29-yard reception. LaFell was in the clear for the touchdown if his foot wouldn't have clipped the line. LaFell made a nice 3rd-down catch and run on a slant for a 6-yard gain, powering through a tackler to get past the sticks.

2017 Week 10 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)

LaFell played all but three snaps and was a big part of the game plan, with the Bengals offense getting the ball into his hands on some designed plays. He went for a short gain on a wide receiver screen early. LaFell benefitted from a slick play design that led to a busted coverage for a 37-yard touchdown catch. The Bengals faked a handoff to Mixon and then fake a reverse to the wide receiver on the short side of the field before Dalton spun to throw downfield. None of the Titans defensive backs were within five yards of LaFell on his deep post and he easily hauled in the deep touchdown. He nearly broke off another long touchdown on another nice play design. He lined up offset behind the line and the Bengals ran a variation of the triple option with Dalton and Mixon running option right and LaFell sneaking behind the line and taking the forward toss from Dalton for 25 yards. He nearly broke the tackle of the deep safety but was dragged down by his shoelaces at the 35-yard line.

2017 Week 9 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

LaFell played all but one offensive snap and caught both of his targets. He has played much more from the slot in recent weeks (since Tyler Boyd went down with injury), as the Bengals have increasingly been using rookie Josh Malone on the outside opposite A.J. Green when the team goes to three-wide receiver sets.

2017 Week 8 vs IND (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

LaFell was again solid. He did most of his damage in the middle of the field on crossing routes and slants.

2017 Week 7 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)

LaFell led the Bengals in targets. He ran a great route with a quick fake to the outside before cutting inside to slide between two defenders and generate a little bit of separation and then make a tough catch in traffic for a 6-yard touchdown. LaFell almost had a second touchdown catch but was shoved out a yard shy of the end zone on a 9-yard reception.

2017 Week 5 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)

LaFell was solid as the secondary option in the offense. He converted an early third-down with a sliding catch over the middle. The corner had tight coverage but Dalton threw it low and away where only LaFell could make a play on it and he reached back to snag the ball inches off the ground.

2017 Week 4 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

LaFell had another quiet game. He took a quick wide receiver screen pass for eight yards in the second quarter. He caught an out-route for nine yards on the same drive but that was it for the day.

2017 Week 3 vs GB (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

LaFell's only catch came on a quick out on the final drive of regulation. In the final minutes, Dalton took a deep shot in the end zone toward LaFell after a play-action fake but overthrew him. It was a quiet outing for the Bengals secondary players as the team focused on running the offense through Green and Mixon.

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

LaFell played extensively and was generally solid. He made a diving catch on a short gain. He was open for what should have been a 20-yard pickup, but Dalton misfired badly.

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

LaFell had a quiet day, but it was a positive sign that Dalton looked his way twice in the end zone. On the first play, Dalton looked for LaFell in the middle of the end zone, but linebacker C.J. Mosely sunk underneath and made a leaping interception. A couple drives later, LaFell was open in the end zone and Dalton attempted to get it to him but the ball was tipped out of his hand from behind before he could get the throw off.


Latest News

Bengals | Brandon LaFell set to play (Fri Nov 24, 09:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) was a full participant in practice Friday, Nov. 24, and he is not listed on the Week 12 injury report.

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Bengals | Cincinnati's injury report for Week 12 (Fri Nov 24, 02:49 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and S Shawn Williams (hamstring) did not practice all week and have been ruled for Week 12 versus the Cleveland Browns. CB Darqueze Dennard (knee) returned to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 24, and is listed as questionable. OG Clint Boling (hamstring), WR Alex Erickson (ankle), LB Jordan Evans (concussion), CB William Jackson III (toe), CB Adam Jones (concussion), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (non-injury related), TE Tyler Kroft (hand), WR Brandon LaFell (knee) and LB Kevin Minter (elbow) all participated fully in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Bengals | Brandon LaFell practices fully (Thu Nov 23, 02:49 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) was a full practice participant Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: LaFell has been wildly inconsistent this year. The Browns pass defense has actually improved the last few weeks. That combines to WR4 value this week.
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Bengals | Brandon LaFell listed as limited (Wed Nov 22, 05:22 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Bengals | Wednesday's practice report for Cincinnati (Wed Nov 22, 04:55 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (knee), LB Jordan Evans (concussion), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (rest), LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and S Shawn Williams (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. OG Clint Boling (hamstring), CB William Jackson (toe), TE Tyler Kroft (hand) and WR Brandon LaFell (knee) were limited participants while CB Adam Jones (concussion) and LB Kevin Minter (elbow) practiced in full.

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