Brandon LaFell CAR WR (5.4% Owned)
The 4th-year man out of LSU has been, behind graybeard Steve Smith, one of the Panthers strongest receivers. Although LaFell hasn’t been as productive as he was in college, he still has managed to average a solid 577.75 yards per season along with 3.25 touchdowns. This season in particular has seen LaFell show some of that great play-making ability he once had at LSU. Over the last six games, LaFell has average 45.8 yards, 6.83 targets and 4 receptions per game along with 2 touch downs. In the last four games however, LaFell has shown to have a little bit of Geno Smith in him. For example, LaFell has gone about a touchdown per every two games, catching for 59 yards and a TD on 7 catches against New England week 11 and then the next week against Miami LaFell caught only 2 passes for 36 yards. I’m expecting this trend to keep on continuing, especially this week as the Panthers will host the even more inconsistent Jets. Thus far, Geno has played well and then poorly the very next week, every-single-week this season so I expect the Panthers to absolutely dominate the Jets and in effect put the ball into LaFell’s hands. Reason why I put LaFell on this list is not only due to his skill as a receiver, but because of this cookie of a match-up. This season the Jets’ pass defense has allowed an 9th-most passing yards to opposing offenses as well as the 4th-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Since week 8, the Jets have allowed 10 touch downs and an average of 30.1 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. I expect LaFell and the Panthers’ receiving corps to devour this match-up and really make a statement. Look for LaFell to go for at least 60 yards and a TD guaranteed.
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