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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:23:27 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell played a team-high 77 out of 84 offensive snaps in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he's clearly now the top outside receiving option for the team. WR Danny Amendola (20 out of 84 snaps) wasn't used much because the Patriots didn't use many three-receiver sets.
Fantasy Tip: After a 119-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 4, LaFell disappointed with just one catch on four targets against the Bengals. However, the fact that he played the most snaps of all receivers is a big positive. It's time to start giving him a look on the waiver wire if he's out there in your league.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:50:41 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell had a team-high six receptions for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. It was LaFell's first TD with the Patriots.
Fantasy Tip: LaFell was one of the few bright spots in an ugly game for the Patriots. There aren't many NFL caliber wideouts on the New England roster right now, and certainly not many fantasy relevant options, but LaFell certainly looks like a decent WR3/4 or flex option going forward. He appears to have Tom Brady's confidence.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:17:01 -0700
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy inactive for Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. WRs Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell both had great training camps, and TE Tim Wright gives the team more options to run the ball in two-tight end sets. It means that the Patriots don't think Dobson has caught Thompkins or LaFell on the depth chart yet.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:41:55 -0700
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce did not play an offensive snap until there was 1:26 remaining in the third quarter of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers. He is considered to be decisively behind WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson (foot), Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell on the depth chart.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:23:35 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins each posted touchdown grabs in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 15. LaFell was targeted three times, catching two for 29 yards and the score, while Thompkins had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown while being targeted four times.
Fantasy Tip: The two are battling for the No. 3 job, although each figure to be a major part of the offense no matter how things shake down. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola haven't exactly been the picture of health over their careers, so LaFell and Thompkins are likely to see a start of two during the season. A late-round flier on each wouldn't be a bad idea on draft day.
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:48:29 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell has looked good in training camp this summer, and the team has been pleased with his understanding of the offensive system.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:05:11 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell could play the "Aaron Hernandez" role this year, according to a source. LaFell's former coach, Ron Rivera, said LaFell knew the tight end position in addition to all of their wide receiver positions. It helps that the Patriots aren't deep at tight end behind TE Rob Gronkowski.
Fantasy Tip: LaFell still has a lot of work to do in order to become fantasy relevant. Though, if he does end up in Hernandez's old role, he could gain more value. Monitor his status throughout training camp, but it's best not to draft him as of now.
Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:31:09 -0700
New England Patriots WRs Aaron Dobson (foot) and Brandon LaFell (undisclosed) were sidelined from practice Saturday, June 14. DT Armond Armstead (undisclosed), DL Dominique Easley (knee) and DT Tommy Kelly (knee) were also sidelined.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:18:20 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell admits he is playing at half-speed as he adjusts to the Patriots codeword offensive system, after using a numbers-based system last season in Carolina. LaFell is focused on picking up the offense so he can continue to gel and build chemistry with QB Tom Brady during organized team activities, instead of waiting until training camp.
Fantasy Tip: LaFell is joining an already crowded wide receiver corps and has to learn the offense. Given New England's propensity to spread the ball around, his fantasy value is tied to an injury within the receiving corps.
Fri, 30 May 2014 19:43:13 -0700
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (excused), WR Aaron Dobson (foot), WR Brandon LaFell (undisclosed), WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed), CB Alfonzo Dennard (undisclosed), OG Logan Mankins (undisclosed), DL Dominique Easley (knee) and TE Asa Watson (excused) missed practice Friday, May 30. OT Cameron Fleming also missed practice because Stanford has not held its graduation, and he cannot attend OTAs.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:33:52 -0700
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell said he chose to play with the Patriots because he wanted to play for a Hall of Fame quarterback in QB Tom Brady. "Because I had a chance to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback," Lafell said. "One day (Panthers quarterback) Cam (Newton) will be there probably but he's not there now."
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:09:49 -0700
Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots agreed to terms with WR Brandon LaFell on a three-year, $9 million dollar contract, which includes a $3 million signing bonus.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:26:13 -0700
Updating a previous item, New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell is expected to make roughly $11 million over three years with his new contract. No information was available on how much money is guaranteed.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:47:52 -0700
The New England Patriots agreed to terms with free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Panthers) on a three-year deal Saturday, March 15, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: LaFell is a tall target who might see an uptick in production with Tom Brady tossing the football to him. He has to be viewed as a fantasy sleeper heading into the 2014 season.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:15:56 -0700
The Carolina Panthers have begun contract negotiations with free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Panthers).
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:32:13 -0700
Free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Panthers), who has attracted interest from other teams, is a top target for the Carolina Panthers to bring back.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:17:26 -0700
The Denver Broncos have expressed interest in free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Panthers).
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:14:22 -0700
The New York Jets have shown interest in free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Panthers) but have not scheduled a visit at this point.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:52:51 -0700
The New England Patriots are visiting with free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Panthers) Wednesday, March 12.
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:29:32 -0800
The Carolina Panthers likely will allow impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell and CB Captain Munnerlyn to test the free-agent this offseason. The team could look to re-sign both to shorter, team-friendly deals at some point.
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:23:59 -0800
The Carolina Panthers likely will ask impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell to sign a team-friendly, one-year deal this offseason.
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:11:59 -0800
The Carolina Panthers have 21 players who will become unrestricted free agents when the free-agency period begins in March. Players include WRs Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr., QBs Derek Anderson and Jimmy Clausen, TE Ben Hartsock, OL Jordan Gross, OL Geoff Hangartner, OL Travelle Wharton, OL Garry Williams, OL Bruce Campbell, DE Greg Hardy, DT Colin Cole, LBs Jordan Senn, Jason Williams and Dan Connor, S Quintin Mikell, S Michael Mitchell, CBs Captain Munnerlyn and Drayton Florence and K Graham Gano.
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:17:57 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell has seen different coverages in the time Steve Smith (knee) has missed due to injury. LaFell has just one catch for 13 yards during that span. "I don't think I've been putting more pressure on myself; I just think I've been getting the coverage Smitty was getting when he was out," LaFell said. "I respect him for what he does because in the two games I've been treated the way they treat him. They are bracketing and double-teaming, and it's hard over there."
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:14:51 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is listed as probable for Week 8.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should see LaFell as a low-end No. 2 wide receiver or a flex option this week.
Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:04:17 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (knee) practiced in full Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:33:30 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (knee) was limited in practice Monday, Oct. 21.
Fantasy Tip: There is no official update on the severity of LaFell's injury yet, but we're guessing it's unlikely to keep him from playing in Week 8 Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:58:56 -0700
Carolina Panthers WRs Brandon LaFell and Steve Smith had drops that would have been big plays or touchdowns in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fantasy Tip: The drops have hurt the effectiveness of QB Cam Newton, who is often blamed for the struggles of the team, but he cannot catch the balls he throws. In addition, Newton's pass protection has been abysmal. Until things improve in Charlotte, Newton is best used as a QB2 in most fantasy leagues.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:07:34 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell hauled in three balls for 53 yards, including a pair of touchdowns, in the Week 3 win against the New York Giants.
Fantasy Tip: LaFell might be a hot property off the waiver wire this week for fantasy owners, but keep in mind that the Panthers have a bye in Week 4.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:03:06 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Armanti Edwards (hamstring) has impressed the coaching staff in training camp and the preseason and has been listed as the third receiver behind WRs Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. WRs Domenik Hixon, David Gettis and Ted Ginn Jr. are battling with Edwards. Edwards spent some time dealing with a hamstring injury which kept him out of the team's second preseason game. The door has reopened for Gettis because of the ailment, and he was impressive with five catches for 82 yards in the second preseason game. It now looks like a wide open race for the No. 3 spot.
Fantasy Tip: Gettis might be the most intriguing receiver in the lot, but none of these options should be drafted.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:11:01 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR David Gettis has struggled with injuries in his career, and he appears to be slower than previous seasons so far during training camp. He is behind starting WRs Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell on the depth chart, and newcomers WRs Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon appear to be ahead of him as well.
Fantasy Tip: Gettis might be battling Armanti Edwards for the No. 5 receiver job, and Edwards is versatile because of his special teams work. The fan favorite Gettis might be soon looking for work unless he shines significantly in the coming days. Avoid him for fantasy purposes right now.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:25:01 -0700
Carolina Panthers WRs Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell are locked in at the top two spots. Ted Ginn Jr. has stood out during minicamp, catching several deep passes from Cam Newton. Armanti Edwards looks more comfortable playing the position. Ginn and Edwards will compete with Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams and David Gettis for roster spots and reps.
Fantasy Tip: It's hard to trust Ginn finally developing into a full-fledged catcher, but there's big-play potential here in what could be a surprisingly productive passing system. Greg Olsen's presence limits the availability of secondary targets, but waiver-wire scroungers in deep leagues will watch this play out during the season.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:34:36 -0800
The Carolina Panthers might show an interest in free-agent WR Domenik Hixon (Giants), a player general manager David Gettleman is familiar with from his time with the New York Giants. If signed, he could push WR Brandon LaFell for the No. 2 receiver job.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:49:38 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell will have his 2013 base salary increase from $630,000 to $1.35 million because of incentives in his contract.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:05:14 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is listed as probable for Week 17.
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:13:01 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Joe Adams (ankle), T Jordan Gross (not injury related), LB Thomas Davis (not injury related), DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related), LB James Anderson (back) and WR Brandon LaFell (toe) all fully practiced Thursday, Dec. 27.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:49:54 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) and WR Joe Adams (ankle) both fully practiced Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:27:25 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:05:17 -0800
Carolina Panthers C Thomas Austin (illness), OL Byron Bell (illness), DT Dwan Edwards (wrist), G Geoff Hangartner (foot) and WR Brandon LaFell (toe) all did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:01:41 -0800
Carolina Panthers DT Dwan Edwards (wrist), G Geoff Hangartner (foot), WR Brandon LaFell (toe), LB Thomas Davis (rest) and T Jordan Gross (rest) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:00:58 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) has a 50-50 chance to return in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:07:30 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.
Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:59:27 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 13.
Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:04:52 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:52:42 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera thinks WR Brandon LaFell (toe) is the most likely of the team's injured players to return in Week 15.
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:52:03 -0800
The Carolina Panthers have declared WR Brandon LaFell, OT Bruce Campbell, QB Derek Anderson, DL Dwan Edwards, OG Jeff Byers, QB Jimmy Clausen, RB Jonathan Stewart inactive for Week 14.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:10:18 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB James Anderson (back, eye), DT Dwan Edwards (wrist) and WR Brandon LaFell (toe) all did not participate in practice and are questionable for Week 14. C Jeff Byers (back) and S Charles Godfrey (back) were limited in practice and are questionable.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:24:26 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (toe) has not been ruled out of the team's Week 14 game, although he is more likely to return in Week 15.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:23:46 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB James Anderson (back), DT Dwan Edwards (wrist), S Charles Godfrey (back), WR Brandon LaFell (toe) and C Jeff Byers (back) all did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:40:42 -0800
Carolina Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (turf toe) was limping noticeably Thursday, Dec. 6. LaFell said part of the bone was chipped but the main issue was the turf toe.
Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:18:51 -0800
Carolina Panthers interim general manager Brandon Beane said WR Brandon LaFell (toe) is dealing with turf toe and is questionable against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14. The team remains hopeful that he'll be able to suit up.