Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

Position/Rank NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #51 NE Active 5 years 27 6'2 210 @Blafell1

2013 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)

Last updated on Nov-04-2013 by Matt De Lima

When the Panthers selected Brandon LaFell in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, they likely knew then that he was a possession receiver with the frame and length to potentially blossom into an Anquan Boldin type player. So far, LaFell hasn't lived up to those expectations, but the talent is there. This will be his fourth season and year after year, many fantasy analysts will suggest that LaFell has breakout potential. That might be a stretch as the window of bigger upside appears to have nearly closed. The former LSU receiver does not see enough targets (76 a year ago) to have a realistic opportunity at fantasy stardom. If that number at least approaches 100, which would be a significant increase in a single year, then LaFell would be worth more than a late flier. For now, he is best left untouched except for very deep leagues.

UPDATE (11/4): As one might expect, there have been brief shimmers of talent. The majority of his playing time has been spent underwhelming the fantasy masses. With the season now half over, LaFell is on pace to slightly improve upon his season-bests which is great for him. It just doesn't offer much to our fantasy contests. He is a bench player on his good days.

2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
13.01 FFToolbox - Jeb Gorham - LaFell did not produce as much as I would have liked last season, but I think his numbers will jump this year. I am looking for 850-900 receiving yards and several more TDs than his 4 last season. I think he has fantasy value and might be a sleeper pick in some drafts depending upon who is in your league.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
14.06 The Huddle - LaFell was solid last season, and with tight end whisperer Rob Chudzinski no longer calling plays in Carolina I expect Greg Olsen's numbers to dwindle. Steve Smith is already maxed out, which means LaFell's production should be even better in 2013--enough to make him a decent weekly flex option in this format.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
12.11 CBSSports - He's still the No. 2 receiver for Cam Newton, and he flashed some signs of potential last year before getting hurt. He's marginal talent, but he's in an exceptional spot.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
14.05 DraftSharks - Sometimes you just have to take the guy at the top of your draft list. LaFell improved his receptions per game and TDs last year despite missing 2 weeks. He might have to beat out Domenik Hixon to keep a starting job, but opportunity and a good QB await.
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