WR Brandon LaFell - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 11-4-1986||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
LaFell led the team in targets with 11 and played very well again. He made some excellent plays along the sideline on comeback routes, showing an ability to go up and get the ball while still dragging his toes along the sideline. LaFell looked like he was going to score a 7-yard touchdown at the end of the first quarter after beating the corner cleanly on a slant route, but was basically tackled by Lardarius Webb at the last minute to break up the pass and draw an interference call in the end zone. The veteran hit a pair of lucrative bonuses (for receptions and receiving yards) in Week 17 but still proved a bargain for the Bengals on his one-year deal. The veteran quickly became a leader in the locker room and will be a priority target for the Bengals to try to get an extension done with in the offseason. Expect him back in Cincinnati on a new two-year deal.
2016 Week 16 vs HOU (10 / 6 / 130 / 1 rec)
LaFell had the only highlight of the game for the Bengals offense. He took a 3rd-and-5 slant for an 86-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He lined up outside used a slight rub from the slot receiver to get open and caught the short pass in stride. He cut upfield, made one man miss and was off to the races. LaFell isn't a blazer, but he has solid enough speed (4.54) to make the occasional big play. The veteran has been a strong addition to the Bengals receiving corp and the Bengals will likely make him a priority target in free agency.
2016 Week 15 vs PIT (9 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)
LaFell has been leading the Bengals receivers in snaps and targets since A.J. Green went down. He played 91% of the snaps against the Steelers and had a team-high nine targets. He was excellent throughout the game and might have had a huge fantasy game if he wasn't mugged in the end zone. He beat one-on-one coverage and was held trying to come back for the ball. The 39-yard pass interference penalty setup the first touchdown of the game. LaFell will likely see a decrease in targets next week with the return of A.J. Green.
2016 Week 14 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
LaFell has seen 31 targets (7.8 per game) since A.J. Green went down with injury, but he has caught just 15 of them (48% catch rate). He continues to lead the Bengals receivers in snaps each week and should continue to see relatively solid volume. LaFell had a nice third down catch for 11 yards to keep the chains moving, but otherwise was quiet on the day.
2016 Week 13 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 95 / 1 rec)
LaFell led all Bengals pass catchers in snaps, targets and yards. He made his two biggest plays in the first drive out of halftime. He caught a 44-yard pass deep over the middle, showing nice speed to get behind the corner. A few plays later, he caught an 8-yard touchdown on a beautifully thrown ball from Dalton that was dropped in over a defender just in front of the goal line.
2016 Week 12 vs BAL (9 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
LaFell received plenty of targets, but wasn't able to accomplish much with his opportunities. He was targeted on a short route in the back of the end zone that should have probably drawn a flag. He had one arm grabbed and was forced to attempt to make a tough one-handed catch, but the officials missed the call.
2016 Week 11 vs BUF (9 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
LaFell has been struggling in recent weeks and didn't do much with his team-leading nine targets. He ran an awful deep comeback route in the first half against Stephon Gilmore that led to Dalton's first interception. LaFell gained no separation at all and then seemed to give up on the route early, which led to an easy pick for Gilmore. The lack of separation was a problem all day for LaFell. While he will play nearly every down and should see a decent amount of targets down the stretch, it's hard to get excited about LaFell's fantasy prospects.
2016 Week 8 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
LaFell was barely involved as a pass-catcher. He caught a short out route for six yards. LaFell was also targeted in the end zone on 2nd-and-goal from the two and drew a flag for pass interference. The return to action of Tyler Eifert made LaFell much less of a priority in the Bengals passing attack.
2016 Week 7 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 83 / 1 rec)
LaFell caught a 9-yard slant early. He made a nice diving catch for 22 yards on a seam route. The play was challenged but the call stood with no definitive evidence the ball hit the ground. On the very next play, LaFell caught a 44-yard touchdown. He ran a stop and go route against Jamar Taylor in single coverage. He did a quick stutter, Taylor bit and then tried to tackle LaFell as he accelerated past and sprinted wide open for the easy deep catch. It was LaFell's fourth touchdown in three weeks. He is a big part of the Bengals weekly passing game.
2016 Week 6 vs NE (5 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
LaFell remains the every down WR2 and played all but a few snaps in Week 6, but Malcolm Butler held him in check. LaFell caught a short pass on third down that came up just shy of the first-down marker. He caught his third short touchdown pass in two weeks as he came down with a 5-yard reception in the center of the end zone on a strong route across the back of the end zone. He was covered man-to-man by Butler and faked the outside route before breaking across the middle of the end zone. He got great separation and was able to drag both toes before going out of the back of the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs DAL (11 / 8 / 68 / 2 rec)
For the second-straight week, LaFell led the Bengals receivers in snaps. He was essentially an every-down player at 93% of the snaps. With Green seeing extra coverage shifted his direction, LaFell also led the team in targets with 11 to A.J. Green's 8. LaFell made the most of his opportunities. He showed power and elusiveness on a 14-yard bubble screen. LaFell caught two short touchdown passes. He caught a 7-yard score on a crossing route across the end zone after Dalton was able to scramble and buy time for him to come open. He also caught a 5-yard touchdown. He lined up in the slot inside of Green and ran a quick out route, catching the ball at the goal line and running it in.
2016 Week 4 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
LaFell is clearly established as the Bengals second receiver ahead of Tyler Boyd. He actually led the team's receivers in snaps with 65, compared to 59 for Green and 28 for Boyd. He almost came down with a 7-yard touchdown pass. The play broke down, Dalton rolled right and LaFell ran with him. He caught the ball but just ran out of room along the side of the end zone to get both feet down in bounds. LaFell's biggest gain was a 23-yard reception on a crossing route. Coverage was tight, but Dalton made an incredible throw to fit it into the tight window over the defender.
2016 Week 3 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
LaFell drew an early pass interference penalty, but otherwise had a very quiet game. He picked up a 27-yard gain against deep down the middle against the Broncos prevent defense in garbage time.
2016 Week 2 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
LaFell drew a pass interference call in the end zone. It looked like he was going to break free for the short touchdown catch on a slant route, but the defender wrapped him up. LaFell had a key 17-yard reception over the middle as the Bengals were trying to drive for the game-tying touchdown in the final two minutes.
2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 91 / 0 rec)
While LaFell wasn't heavily targeted, he made two of the biggest plays of the game for the Bengals. He caught a first-half crossing route for 21 yards on 3rd-and-7 to keep the chains moving. The Bengals scored their first touchdown of the game on the next play. The key play on the Bengals only other touchdown drive came courtesy of LaFell. Facing 3rd-and-19, Dalton snapped the ball quickly before the defense could get organized; LaFell beat single coverage on a go route down the sideline and came down with a 49-yard reception.
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