Fantasy Slant: Brandon LaFell to the Cincinnati Bengals

By Matt Johnson on Friday, March 10th 2017
Fantasy Slant: Brandon LaFell to the Cincinnati Bengals

While the Cincinnati Bengals might have lost a lot on offense on Thursday, at least they brought back Brandon LaFell. Ok, so it wasn't the greatest news for Bengals fans on Thursday when the team saw Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler walk in free agency, with Cincinnati spending its money elsewhere.

LaFell is one of those players Cincinnati brought back with a two-year, $9 million deal. The 30-year-old posted solid numbers last season with 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns, he also performed near fantasy-starter level when A.J. Green missed time with an injury.

But the fantasy outlook for 2017 is invisible. Green will be healthy next season as will tight end Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton's second-favorite target in the offense. Meanwhile, Tyler Boyd will be in his second season in the NFL and with it should come further development and a much larger role. Shifted to being Cincinnati's fourth-best target in the passing game, if that, the entire team will also find itself struggling more after losing two of its top linemen. Dalton's 28 percent completion rate when pressured marked 23rd in the NFL, this makes for a terrible fantasy mix and keeps LaFell far off the radar.

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