Brandon LaFell Says He Will Play Big Role With Panthers: Fantasy Implications

Aug 11, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) comes out of the tunnel before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Bank of America Stadium. The Texans defeated the Panthers 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Carolina Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell says he is getting a big role in the offense this season. We break down the fantasy implications.

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.

For more on the Panthers check out Cat Scratch Reader.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/08/22/3471269/brandon-lafell-panthers-wrs-as.html#storylink=cpy
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