Brandon LaFell Fantasy News

Patriots QB Tom Brady suspended for four games

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:20pm

Yahoo.com - [Full Article]

The NFL took deflate-gate very seriously, hammering the New England Patriots with unheard of punishment in the matter of deflated footballs.

The league announced Monday that quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games, the team was fined $1 million and will lose its 2016 first-round draft pick and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

Fantasy Impact:

If Brady doesn't win his (probable) appeal, his fantasy value will take a huge hit. The Patriots have a Week 4 bye, so he wouldn't be available to owners until Week 6. Jimmy Garoppolo will likely get the start in his place. One potential strategy would be to stream the position until his return, but it depends on how far his ADP falls. With a four game suspension, he won't be ranked in the top 25 in our initial projections. This will be a case of where his season-long ranking won't jibe with what he'll produce on a per game basis upon his return. The loss of Brady for four games will negatively impact the entire New England offense, though they have survived before without him (in 2008 with Matt Cassel). Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell all take a small hit.

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Adam Schefter guesses that Patriots QB Tom Brady will face 'some sort of suspension' for DeflateGate

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:15pm

Masslive - [Full Article]

So what comes next for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots?

That's up for the NFL to determine. The Wells Report didn't find absolute evidence that the Patriots tampered with footballs. It found reason to believe they did.

ESPN's Adam Schefter appeared on WEEI Thursday morning to offer his take.

"If I had to guess, and I want to emphasize this is a guess, my guess is that Tom Brady is going to get some sort of suspension, a short suspension," Schefter said, via WEEI.com. "He's going to appeal it. He's going to have grounds to appeal it. He may even waive the appeal and this whole thing about air pressure in footballs continues to go on and detract from a sport and a defending world champion in a completely unnecessary way."

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously, Brady's fantasy stock will take a hit if he's suspended. It will also impact the Patriots skill position players (e.g. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell) to a lesser degree.

Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20. The probable tag means that LaFell is going to play against Indianapolis.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. LaFell was a nice surprise this season. He finished as the #22 WR in both standard and PPR formats, and he has a nice matchup against a shaky Baltimore secondary.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. LaFell is expected to play, but like all of the Patriot starters, he may see considerable rest as the game wears on.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman will not play in Week 16

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:44pm

Jeff Howe, Twitter - [Full Article]

Julian Edelman (concussion, thigh) did not travel with the Patriots today and will not play tomorrow vs. the Jets, according to two sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Owners in a pinch could try their luck with Danny Amendola, who should start alongside Brandon LaFell.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. LaFell is fully expected to continue to play through the injury. He has a nice matchup with the Jets.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. LaFell is fully expected to continue to play through the injury.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. LaFell is fully expected to continue to play through the injury.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 15. LaFell should continue to play through the injury.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. LaFell should continue to play through the injury.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. LaFell should continue to play through the injury.

Vereen, LaFell, Edelman active for SNF

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:17pm

Patriots Inactives
Alfonzo Dennard CB
Jordan Devey G
Cameron Fleming G
Dont'a Hightower OLB
Chandler Jones DE
Chris White LB
James White RB

Fantasy Impact:

Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell are all active as expected.

Aaron Dobson placed on IR

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:30pm

Patriots.com - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots announced that they have placed second-year WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve. Dobson injured his hamstring in the second half of the Patriots loss at Green Bay last Sunday. Dobson played in four games with one start in 2014 and finished with three receptions for 38 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson had a chance to be a big contributor this season but could never get going. Brandon LaFell has taken over WR duties with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:56am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

With four games remaining, Patriots WR Brandon LaFell has already recorded career highs with 53 receptions, 712 yards and seven touchdowns. It was a bittersweet accomplishment on the heels of the Pats’ defeat against the Green Bay Packers.

“At this point, coming off this loss, it doesn’t feel too good,” LaFell said. “Overall, it feels kind of good knowing that I’ve still got four games left and I’ve already surpassed my career highs in yards, catches, touchdowns and all things like that. I just hope I can continue to provide those numbers and be a weapon in this offense.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out that, LaFell, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract last offseason after spending his first four years with the Carolina Panthers, surely looked the part in training camp, but didn’t catch a pass on six targets in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins and Tom Brady never looked his way in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. LaFell has come a long way and has been a nice, consistent wire pickup for owners. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Chargers before an average matchup against Miami in Week 15 and then a potentially difficult one against the Jets in Week 16.

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