LaFell caught seven of 11 targets for 67 yards Sunday against the Ravens. LaFell once again functioned as quarterback Andy Dalton's No. 1 wide receiver with A.J. Green (hamstring) out, leading the team in both targets and receptions. The increased role allowed him to catch 64 balls for 862 yards and six touchdowns this season, but the 30-year-old LaFell will have a hard time replicating that success next year with Green healthy.
LaFell snagged six of 10 targets for 130 yards and a score in Saturday's loss to Houston. LaFell's big contribution came early in the fourth quarter on an 86-yard catch-and-run in which LaFell caught the quick slant and sped off down field. After hopping between hot and cold for much of the season, LaFell has topped 90 yards receiving in three of the five games since A.J. Green went down with an injury. Though not a consistent threat, LaFell, much like he did in New England last year, has shown his 2017 employer that he is a viable big-play threat provided he's a complement as opposed to a go-to weapon.
LaFell reeled in seven of nine passes for 91 yards during Sunday's 24-20 defeat to the Steelers. LaFell tripled up all of his teammates in terms of targets, which explains his standing as the only Bengal to surpass 20 receiving yards on the day. During A.J. Green's three-game absence due to a hamstring injury, LaFell combined for 15 receptions, 21 targets, 208 yards, and one touchdown. Respectable numbers in their own right, LaFell may be able to sustain such production if Green, who was able to practice on a limited basis this week, improves enough to be cleared for game action. No matter the makeup of Cincinnati's receiving corps, LaFell has a difficult road matchup incoming against the Texans' staunch pass defense.
After being limited Wednesday, LaFell (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. LaFell's Week 15 status is not in question, which is more than can be said for fellow wideout A.J. Green, who is bouncing back from a hamstring injury and remained limited at practice Thursday.
LaFell (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday. The same applies to A.J. Green (hamstring) and once the Bengals' top wideout is able to return to action, the fantasy upside of LaFell and Tyler Boyd figures to take a hit.
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