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|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.
| A.J. Green says he's playing this week -- Thu Dec 22 11:55 am --|
Missed last four games with hamstring injury
|The Bengals donít have anything to play for, but A.J. Green wants to play anyway.
Their star wide receiver told reporters today he was healthy enough to play this week, via Geoff Hobson of the teamís official website.
Green has missed the last four games because of a hamstring injury. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Green will be difficult to trust during fantasy championship week given his layoff but he's got WR1 potential in a matchup against the Texans. Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell take a ding to their fantasy value.
| A.J. Green to miss Week 13 -- Thu Dec 1 11:45 am --|
|Sources close to A.J. Green tell me the Bengals wide receiver will miss his third straight game on Sunday. I'm told his hamstring is healing as expected, but that he won't be ready this week. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Green's absence from the lineup was anticipated. Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell and TE Tyler Eifert will be the top receiving options for Andy Dalton against the Eagles. RB Jeremy Hill saw a season-high six targets with Green out last week.