WR Brandon LaFell - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-3, 211||Born: 11-4-1986||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Dec 1): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 30): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 13: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Without A.J. Green (hamstring, out) or Giovani Bernard (IR), Andy Dalton had a rough outing in Baltimore, taking three sacks for -22 yards (one was a strip-sack causing one of his four fumbles - he lost two on the day) while throwing 26/48 for 283 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions. Tyler Eifert came back from the fantasy walking dead with 11 targets for 5/68/1 receiving, while Tyler Boyd (nine for 5/62/0) and Jeremy Hill (six for 6/61/0) also went over 60 yards receiving on the day. Brandon Lafell saw nine targets but only managed 3/38/0 receiving. The Eagles' pass defense coughed up 30/39 for 313 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Aaron Rodgers and company, while sacking him zero times. Last week, the Seahawks posted 19/32 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for zero yards. The Eagles have been soft in this phase of the game in recent weeks - from Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Philadelphia has averaged 23.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-most in the NFL); and 32.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most); with 4.8 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-least). This looks like a neutral matchup for Dalton and the wide receivers, even though the team has a low chance of getting Green back in action due to his serious hamstring injury. If Green somehow makes it back in time for the game, upgrade this matchup to 'great'.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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.
Latest NewsBengals | Brandon LaFell practices in full (Thu Dec 1, 02:37 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 1. Our View: Nobody has really stepped up in the absence of AJ Green and LaFell isn't the answer either. Philadelphia has a decent defense and secondary, which will make LaFell a WR6 and no more.
link to story Bengals | Brandon LaFell limited (Wed Nov 30, 07:10 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 30. Bengals | Brandon LaFell not on injury report (Fri Nov 25, 04:40 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 25, and is not on the injury report for Week 12. link to story Bengals | Brandon LaFell back at practice (Thu Nov 24, 10:16 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) returned to practice and was a full participant Thursday, Nov. 24. Our View: It will be interesting to see how the Bengals attack teams through the air without superstar WR A.J. Green. First up, a game against the Ravens...a team you can pick on with the pass. We've got LaFell as a WR4, and his inconsistent hands don't give us much faith in him even though his role could be larger than normal.
link to story Bengals | Brandon LaFell misses practice (Wed Nov 23, 04:37 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 23. link to story More News
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