They'll look for more Week 8 against the Bears.
Between wide receiver Julian Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Shane Vereen,
It was never more apparent than Week 6 at Buffalo, when LaFell led the Patriots with 97 yards on four catches. He scored twice, catching a short pass over the middle and taking it the rest of the way for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and then beating the defense down the sideline on a 56-yard bomb to seal the game with a little more than two minutes to go.
LaFell had a season-high 119 yards Week 4 at Kansas City, and his touchdown then also came on a long reception of 44 yards. Most of that came after the catch, however.
Though LaFell has to split looks with Edelman, Gronkowski, Vereen and others, the receiving corps as a whole may benefit from the loss of running back Stevan Ridley, who injured his knee in Week 6. LaFell may have a tendency to boom or bust in a given week, but with his boom potential on the rise, he's now worth a flier in standard Fantasy leagues.
LaFell, who was targeted six times, was having a pretty quiet game until breaking out for two fourth-quarter touchdowns. LaFell gave New England a 30-14 lead with an 18-yard touchdown catch with 8:42 remaining. He then closed out the scoring with a 56-yard touchdown catch with 2:49 left. It was the second multi-touchdown game of his career.
LaFell, who is in his first season with New England, has three touchdowns in his last three games. The Patriots are back in action Thursday vs. N.Y. Jets.
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On a team that is utterly bereft of receiving options,
LaFell has been targeted 18 times over the last two games, including 10 times during his six-catch, 119-yard performance in Week 4. He also hauled in his first touchdown of the season Monday, a 44-yard catch and run during which he showed the kind of playmaking the
LaFell has been targeted at least six times in three of four games this season, and was one of just two offensive players to log all 50 snaps in Week 4. He has clearly earned a significant role on the team, but there are enough questions about just how effective the Patriots' passing game is at this point that it will be hard to rely on him for Fantasy purposes.
In a perfect world, LaFell would be the team's third option in the passing game, but things have been decidedly not perfect for the Patriots so far. LaFell is owned in just 7 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, so he is worth adding at this point in many leagues, even if he might not be a dependable starter.
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