LaFell had two catches for 35 yards on four targets in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens. He finished the season with 52 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the Bengals spending a first-round draft pick on a wide receiver (John Ross) this year and a second-round pick on Tyler Boyd last year, LaFell remained the Bengals' No. 2 option in the passing game, albeit with diminishing returns. His yards per reception dropped a full three yards, from 13.5 to 10.5, and his touchdowns were cut in half. If he sticks around next year, look for his reps to be cut in favor of Boyd and Ross.
LaFell caught two of six targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Vikings. LaFell's team-leading receiving total came mostly courtesy of a 45-yard catch. Little went right for Cincinnati's offense besides that play, as starting quarterback Andy Dalton threw for only 113 yards and backup AJ McCarron added just 19 more after taking over in the fourth quarter.
LaFell made four catches for 55 yards on seven targets in Monday's 23-20 loss to the Steelers. LaFell continues to rank as quarterback Andy Dalton's second option in the passing game. The veteran receiver doesn't look to be at risk of losing that status over the Bengals' final four games, especially now that John Ross (shoulder) has been shut down for the season.
LaFell (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. LaFell is thus slated to play Sunday against the 0-10 Browns, who have surrendered 20 passing TDs to date. Only the Broncos (22), Texans (22) and Titans (21) have allowed more. That said, the veteran wideout's fantasy ceiling isn't especially high, considering he's averaging 3.4 catches for 34 yards through 10 games, to go along with two TDs.
LaFell (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Denver. Building from no practice to all drills by week's end, LaFell's availability wasn't really in up in the air, despite his listing as questionable for the contest. He'll thus take aim at a Broncos defense that has allowed three touchdowns and 13.3 YPC to wideouts during their current five-game losing streak.
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