Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell says the team is giving him a big role in the offense heading into his third NFL season. He finished 2011 with 613 receiving yards and appears to have locked up the No. 2 receiver spot for the Panthers opposite Steve Smith. He tells The Charlotte Observer that he feels he can help the whole team out if he turns into a reliable offensive weapon.
Analysis: LaFell could turn into a late-round steal for fantasy owners this season. The emergence of Cam Newton last season has turned LaFell into a No. 4 fantasy receiver with the potential of having a breakout season. He averaged 17 yards a catch in 2011 and should see more targets this season as he develops a better relationship with Newton and opposing teams focus on Smith. He could be especially valuable in leagues with yardage bonuses.
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