Panthers WR Brandon LaFell has 'pretty much locked up' No. 2 WR role
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Panthers WR Brandon LaFell has 'pretty much locked up' No. 2 WR role

The wide receiver who is going to get the first shot to produce opposite Steve Smith on the Carolina Panthers is Brandon LaFell @Blafell1. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas wrote Sunday that LaFell has "pretty much locked up the No. 2 wide receiver job." That leaves Louis Murphy @murph918, Seyi Ajiroutu and the currently injured David Gettis, among others, to fight it out for playing time as the No. 3 guy. LaFell caught 36 passes for 613 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Fantasy Analysis:

I've always said that any starting wide receiver is worth your time in fantasy leagues. Granted, LaFell hasn't been too impressive in his first couple of pro seasons, but he's better than anyone in that trio listed above. If he's simply decent, he should be able to hang on to that starting job. I don't think he will be a consistent producer, but he has a lot of potential in what should be an aggressive offensive scheme. LaFell should be your No. 4 or No. 5 WR on draft day and could move up into starting territory if everything breaks right.


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