Brandon LaFell will look to prove he can still play in the NFL after ending 2018 on injured reserve with a ruptured Achilles. He's also a free agent, so a team will have to sign him and give him a chance as a reserve receiver. LaFell, 32, finished last year with Oakland and appeared in just six games. Keep an eye on his health and where he signs, but LaFell is not worth drafting in any leagues this season.
LaFell (Achilles) indicated that he intends to play in 2019, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "I'm definitely coming back," LaFell said in December. "I'm leaving on my own terms. I'm not leaving like this. I'll be back. I'll definitely be back." LaFell ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left leg last November and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. While the 32-year-old likely won't be healthy again until June or July given the 6-to-9-month recovery timeline that typically accompanies Achilles injuries, LaFell seems to have a decent shot of being ready to go by the time training camps begin.
LaFell (Achilles) was moved to injured reserve Monday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This move is simply a formality after LaFell was diagnosed with a season-ending Achilles rupture earlier Monday. With both Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee) also banged up at the moment, the Raiders may need to rely heavily on tight end Jared Cook and receivers Seth Roberts and Marcell Ateman to fuel the passing game in the short term.
LaFell ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cardinals and is expected to require season-ending surgery, Scott Bair of NBC Sports California reports. The receiver is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis. The report confirms the Raiders' initial fear that LaFell tore the tendon in his left leg, which limited the wideout to playing only 37 of the team's 68 offensive snaps prior to his departure. He still helped out those who used him in fantasy lineups with two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown on three targets, but assuming the MRI results match expectations, he'll be sidelined for the team's final six games. The 32-year-old's injury puts a battered Oakland receiving corps in even rougher shape, as Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee) were both sidelined for the Week 11 victory and could be at risk of missing more game action.
There are fears that LaFell suffered a ruptured Achilles on Sunday against the Cardinals, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. If so, the Raiders' wideout corps -- already dealing with knee injuries to both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant -- will be further taxed. The team's other options at the position are currently Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman, Dwayne Harris (chest) and Saeed Blacknall, hardly a fantasy 'who's who'.
LaFell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with an Achilles injury. Per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, LaFell wasn't able to apply pressure onto his left leg, which isn't a good sign as it pertains to the wideout's Achilles. Prior to his exit, LaFell caught two of his three targets for 29 yards and a TD. With Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant already out Sunday, the Raiders' wideout corps is now down to Marcell Ateman, Seth Roberts, Dwayne Harris and Saeed Blacknall.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||70||43||515||4||25||11.98||75|