| Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
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|Draft: 2010 Round 3 (14)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 211 DOB: 1986-11-04 Age: 29
|The Panthers need somebody to emerge as a starter opposite Steve Smith at wide receiver and the smart money is on LaFell. The team’s 2010 3rd round pick out of Louisiana State has largely disappointed during his first two years in the league, failing to catch 50% of his targets as a rookie and falling behind the forgettable Legedu Naanee on the depth chart in 2011. The silver lining to LaFell’s season was that he seemed to finally be putting it together near the end of the year. After being targeted less than three times per game over the first nine games of the season, LaFell was targeted 30 times over the final seven games of the year, catching 18 passes for 310 yards and a score. Sure, the one touchdown was a 91-yarder which obviously padded his production but it is worth noting that he averaged a nifty 17.0 yards per reception last season, showcasing the playmaking ability the Panthers hoped they were getting when they drafted him. LaFell has a nice blend of size and speed to go along with a solid opportunity. He is worth taking a flier on in the late rounds of most fantasy drafts.
| Edelman limited in practice -- Wed Nov 4 7:00 pm --|
|FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots fans and fantasy football owners can breathe a deep sigh of relief. Julian Edelman is fine.
The wide receiver popped up on the Patriots’ injury report as limited with a knee ailment Wednesday. Edelman finished practice and the injury is “nothing to be concerned about,” a source told NESN.com.
FF Today's Take: Julian Edelman's knee injury may not be serious but he could see his targets decrease slightly after the Patriots welcomed back Brandon LaFell in Week 8. Nonetheless, he's a surefire starter in all fantasy formats for Week 9 against the Redskins.
| Brandon LaFell returns to practice -- Wed Oct 21 12:54 pm --|
|FOXBORO, Mass. — Brandon LaFell’s 21-day window to come off the PUP list began Wednesday. The New England Patriots wide receiver returned to practice after beginning the season on PUP with a foot injury. LaFell must be activated to the 53-man roster before playing in a game.
FF Today's Take: Tom Brady may be getting another target back in the fold as Brandon LaFell inches closer to making his season debut. The team has three weeks to activate him from the PUP list and all indications point to that happening sooner than later. Snatch him up in all formats where he is available.
| WR Brandon LaFell lands on PUP list -- Sat Sep 5 4:00 pm --|
Eligible to play Week 8
|Source: the Patriots have placed WR Brandon LaFell on the PUP list. He'll be eligible to play in Week 7 of the regular season. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Since the Patriots have a bye in Week 4, the earliest LaFell will see action is Week 8 against the Dolphins. With LaFell's injury and the reports of Reggie Wayne asking for his release, New England is sure to be on the hunt for wideouts in the next 24 hours.
|WR Wayne feeling "like a rookie" in New England -- Fri Aug 28 5:30 pm --|
Veteran trying to digest Pats' playbook after 14 years in Indy
|Reggie Wayne has spent nearly a decade and a half in pro football, but starting over with the New England Patriots has him feeling differently. "Like a rookie," Wayne said, per the Boston Herald. "They're throwing a lot at me right now. I'm not getting very much sleep. I feel like a rookie all over again." Wayne has his nose deep in the team's offensive playbook, a demanding Erhardt-Perkins scheme that asks plenty of its receivers. New England's attack demands that wideouts make split decisions based on the defensive alignment, something fellow veteran Chad Johnson struggled to figure out. Wayne, by contrast, is one of the more versatile and engaged performers around. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Coming off his two worst fantasy seasons in over a decade, Wayne, 34, is far from a sexy pick. However, he could have an integral role early on with both Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell currently sidelined with injuries. If you draft LaFell, who appears to be a lock to miss some regular season action, it would be wise to grab Wayne as well.
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