When I discovered that Brandon LaFell’s nickname was “JoJo,” I immediately went to YouTube and looked up one of my favorite songs to sing at karaoke. It’s a song that describes owning LaFell in fantasy football. You see… Lately is about a guy that thinks his girl is cheating on him. He doesn’t want to acknowledge it but it’s impossible not to. The signs are smacking him right in the face. At some point, he needs to deal with it and move on.

LaFell was a fantasy “nobody” his first four years in the league. He never exceeded 677 yards in a season and totaled 13 touchdowns in 60 games with the Panthers. In 2014, he signed with the Patriots and blossomed with Tom Brady: 74 receptions for 953 yards with seven touchdowns in the regular season and 13 receptions for 119 yards with two touchdowns in the playoffs. Relationships all across the fantasy landscape were forged.

Unfortunately, he opened the 2015 season on the PUP list, which put him out until late October. When he did return, there was much optimism. I wrote that he could be the missing piece to take the Patriots to another level.

His first game back: two receptions on eight targets for 25 yards. The performance was so bad that it inspired this:

It was just one game I said. He had been out with an injury I said. He caught 62 percent of his passes in 2014 and had a career 59 percent catch mark, not great but not terrible. He just needed time to get back into the groove. Well, here are his numbers since that first game:

Rec Tgts Yds Td
4 7 47 0
5 9 102 0
2 6 66 0
4 8 66 0
4 9 36 0
4 9 27 0

Zero touchdowns and only one 100 yard game. The catch rate has been pretty dreadful as well.

During Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, there were two plays “my eyes won’t let me hide.” Brady’s second interception of the game was due to LaFell inexplicably cutting his route short. He was lined up in the slot on the left hash and ran across the field in the direction of the right corner of the end zone. Brady threw it up for him, but for some reason, LaFell turned to the sideline rather than continuing into the endzone. Easy interception.

The second play occurred with :34 seconds left in the game. It was a simple slant to LaFell on the left side of the field. He gained great separation from the defensive back but simply dropped the pass. The game ended two plays later.

I’d been holding onto LaFell for the hope. I believed. With all the weapons going down, LaFell could be the guy. I’ve finally looked in the mirror and realize it’s over. Goodbye.

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  1. Packers says:
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    Looking at my waiver choices. What order do you put Inman, Wheaton, Hartline and Cotchery?

    2. Would you rather have Schub or Manziel over Bridgewater? It’s a two QB league and I have Bortels and Luck. I have a bye so I could hope Luck is ready week 15.

    So basically I’m trying to decide if I should put in a claim for Bridgewater or Hankerson. RB available are Sproles and Powell. I’m just trying to get the best player ROS for the playoffs. Upgrade QB,WR or RB? Probably a little confusing questions. Sorry.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Packers: I would go Wheaton, Inman, Cotchery then Hartline. 2) Id rather have Manziel. 3) I wouldn’t acquire Bridgewater. Hankerson is a decent addition. Sproles and Powell are both decent pickups in PPR. It’s hard to say if upgrades are worth it because I do not know the rest of your roster. Hope that helped.

  2. Jake says:
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    What should I do with the Packers RB’S I have Lacy and Starks. I am considering playing Michael Floyd over both this week. This is playoff time time now so really want to make the right decision can you help.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Jake: There is just too much uncertainty in that backfield to trust. In addition, it’s not like the offense is explosive. I would go Floyd. Barring injury, at least you know the Cardinals will throw.

  3. Eric says:
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    So I’m still dealing with this Gronk issue… talk about bad timing for the playoffs. I own Rudolph but Seferian-Jenkins is out there. Should I drop big Rudy for ASJ since the Bucs have the Saints this week?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Eric: For sure. I would pick up ASJ and drop Rudy

  4. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Lafell’s a reacher too, meaning he doesn’t run through his routes. There were a couple of plays down the sidelines the last few games where had he kept his feet moving the ball would have hit his hands. Now there’s a great chance he would have dropped them, but you hate to see a guy with his physical gifts giving up on plays.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Very true. I hate seeing that as well. I have one question. You called him a “reacher.” I thought that had to do with catching somehow. Could you explain how that describes not running through his routes? I apologize for my ignorance in advance.

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