| Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
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|Draft: 2010 Round 3 (14)
Ht: 6’2” Wt: 211 DOB: 1986-11-04 Age: 28
|The Panthers need somebody to emerge as a starter opposite Steve Smith at wide receiver and the smart money is on LaFell. The teamís 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 LaFellís 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.
| 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.
| Edelman unsure if he'll be cleared for Week 1 -- Wed Aug 26 6:00 pm --|
|The Patriots wide receiver remains uncertain if he'll suit up against Pittsburgh after suffering a leg injury at the start training camp. Since injuring the leg on Aug. 2, Edelman has been limited to mental reps while awaiting medical clearance from team doctors. The "feeling," according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, is that the seventh-year pass-catcher is close to returning. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Teammate Brandon LaFell is a candidate to land on the PUP list to open the year so the team will be extremely cautious with Julian Edelman's return. News casting doubt on his Week 1 availability will likely see his fantasy stock fall even further over the coming week. With a suppressed draft day price tag and a high target option, Edelman represents a moderate mid round risk worth taking in PPR formats. However, his value in traditional leagues does not present nearly as much upside and should see him fall into the sixth round or later.
|Pats agree on one-year deal with Reggie Wayne -- Mon Aug 24 1:10 pm --|
Injuries piling up for Pats receiving corps
|Reggie Wayne and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Wayne fits a need on the Patriots as the team has several question marks among its receiving corps due to injuries.
FF Today's Take: Julian Edelman (leg) Brandon LaFell (PUP list) and Aaron Dobson (hamstring) have been battling injuries during the preseason. The Pats are very secretive with their injury info making it difficult to gauge if this signing is anything more than insurance for one of the three above. For now, Wayne is nothing more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
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