Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 8: Brandon LaFell is heating up, but should you start him Thursday?

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Panthers take on the Buccaneers Thursday night, and Brandon LaFell is back on the radar in fantasy football. Should you roll the dice and start him?

A lot of fantasy football owners were all about Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell last year heading into drafts -- myself included. As fate would have it, those plans didn't quite come to fruition. He caught just 44 of his 76 targets, scoring only four times after he made a hard charge to close out 2011.

This year, he's starting to get into a groove opposite Steve Smith. In his last two games, he's caught seven of his eight targets for a total of 142 yards and a score, which means Cam Newton had a 158.3 passer rating on those balls because he didn't throw any picks. But the targets still aren't quite there yet, plus Ted Ginn has been a factor for the team. Ginn averages 18.3 yards per reception and has been asked to stretch the field. Although, he has just five targets in his last two games.

The Panthers get to take on a Buccaneers D that has been getting dominated in the secondary. Quarterbacks and receivers have been able to put up big numbers, but opposing running backs have struggled a little.

It's really going to be tough to start LaFell on a short week since most teams in that situation don't score as many points as expected. He's more of a Hail Mary guy in deep leagues.

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