Brandon LaFell | Carolina Panthers | WR
Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 | Born: 11/4/1986
2012 Experience: 3rd Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Brandon LaFell had his moments last year, but for the most part he wasn’t worth owning in fantasy leagues. Historically, a receivers third year is one to keep an eye on for a breakout season and assuming LaFell beats out David Gettis, this could be his year.
The Panthers certainly seem to think so but until I see him show more in some preseason games, and continues to win votes of confidence, I’m going to chalk this up as just talk from the coaching staff.
Still, LaFell is worth keeping on your radar as defenses are sure to role coverage on Steve Smith and force Cam Newton to look elsewhere.
Currently the 52nd receiver off the board in ADP trends, LaFell makes for a nice stash as your WR4 to WR5 on the depth chart.
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2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Of the three receiver taken by the Panthers last year in the draft Brandon LaFell was the first option they selected and still remains the best player for future success. Watching LaFell play at LSU, I was certain this kid was going to be a fantasy relevant receiver in his pro career, but it may take him a little long because of the offense he plays in.
The Panthers have two young quarterbacks but LaFell is likely to get a starting job with Steve Smith likely to be on the move after the lockout ends. I wouldn’t be surprised if LaFell totals around 50 receptions and 700 plus yards but his touchdown numbers may be a problem with the quarterbacks he has. This makes LaFell still an interesting receiver for the future, but he’s not worth selecting in fantasy football drafts this summer.
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Brandon LaFell won’t be worth having this season as the Panthers will have one of the worst passing games in football. Jimmy Clausen has taken over as the starting quarterback and Steve Smith is the only pass catcher worth owning on this team for 2010.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
College / 2010 NFL DraftBrandon LaFell was a valuable player for the LSU Tigers and always seemed to make an impact in some way. Coming into the draft it was thought LaFell would be a second round selection, but he fell into the third round to the Panthers.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: LaFell is expected to push veteran Dwayne Jarrett for the No.2 starting job opposite Steve Smith. Like Jarrett, LaFell is a good sized receiver standing in at 6’3 and 209 pounds. Watching LaFell I always liked his route running ability, and he seemed to be able to make nice receptions with defenders draped around him.
These attributes have some in Carolina comparing him to the retired Muhsin Muhammad as he reminds them of some of the things he used to do. For all the positives LaFell has going for him, he will have to be very impressive to win a starting job to begin the season.
Coach John Fox is very loyal to his veterans and that means Jarrett should be the teams’ starter as long as he stays healthy. Still, keep an eye on LaFell as he will be a fantasy relevant player in this league at some point.
– Good Overall Skills
– 2nd Easiest Schedule To Pass Against
– Jarrett Should Start Over LaFell
– Run First Offense