|Team:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 211 lb.|
|Born:||November 4, 1986|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 3 (78)|
LaFell (Achilles) said he intends to return in 2019, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "I'm definitely coming back," LaFell said in December. "I'm leaving on my own terms. I'm not leaving like this. I'll be back. I'll definitely be back."
Analysis: LaFell ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left leg last November and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. While the 32-year-old likely won't be healthy again until June or July given the six-to-nine-month timetable for recovery that typically accompanies the injury he's dealing with, LaFell seems to have a great shot of being ready by the time training camps usually start up around the league.
LaFell (Achilles) was moved to injured reserve Monday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: This move is simply a formality after LaFell was diagnosed with a season-ending Achilles rupture earlier Monday. With both Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee) also banged up at the moment, the Raiders may need to rely heavily on tight end Jared Cook and receivers Seth Roberts and Marcell Ateman to fuel the passing game in the short term.
LaFell ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cardinals and is expected to require season-ending surgery, a team source told Scott Bair of NBC Sports California. The receiver is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis.
Analysis: The report confirms the Raiders' initial fear that LaFell tore the tendon in his left leg, which limited the wideout to playing only 37 of the team's 68 offensive snaps prior to his departure. LaFell still helped out those who used him in fantasy lineups with two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown on three targets, but assuming the MRI results match the Raiders' expectations, he'll be sidelined for the team's final six games. The 32-year-old's injury puts a battered Oakland receiving corps in even rougher shape, as Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee) were both sidelined for the Week 11 victory and could be at risk of missing more game action.
There are fears that LaFell suffered a ruptured Achilles on Sunday against the Cardinals, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Analysis: If so, the Raiders' wideout corps -- already dealing with knee injuries to both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant -- will be further taxed. The team's other options at the position are currently Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman, Dwayne Harris (chest) and Saeed Blacknall, hardly a fantasy who's-who.
LaFell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with an Achilles' injury.
Analysis: Per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, LaFell wasn't able to apply pressure onto his left leg, which isn't a good sign as it pertains to the wideout's Achilles'. Prior to his exit, LaFell caught two of his three targets for 29 yards and a TD. With Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant already out Sunday, the Raiders' wideout corps is now down to Marcell Ateman, Seth Roberts, Dwayne Harris and Saeed Blacknall.
LaFell could be headed for an increased role in Week 11 against the Cardinals while fellow receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant tend to knee injuries, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Analysis: LaFell has caught at least three passes in as many contests since the Raiders' Week 7 bye, but could solidify himself as the No. 1 option at receiver if Nelson (knee) is forced to miss some time. Additionally, Bryant appears to be prepared for an extended absence as the Raiders may need to bring in another pass catcher from the free agent pool. LaFell's underwhelming competition at wide receiver includes Seth Roberts, Marcell Ateman and Dwayne Harris moving forward.
LaFell caught four of six passing attempts for 47 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: The performance marks LaFell's third consecutive game with at least three catches. He has vaulted to the top of the Raiders' depth chart at wide receiver since their bye and could be on the verge of even more opportunities with Martavis Bryant suffering a PCL injury in the contest and Jordy Nelson also exiting for a time due to a quad issue. Nevertheless, with the Raiders struggling to sustain drives and a tough Week 11 matchup at Arizona up next, it is doubtful the 32-year-old becomes a dependable option in fantasy.
LaFell caught all three of his targets for a total of 20 receiving yards in Thursday's 34-3 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: LaFell led the Raiders' receiving corps in snaps played, but failed to translate this feat into an efficient output as he averaged just 6.7 yards per catch. He's clearly risen above Martavis Bryant in the pecking order at wide receiver, so expect LaFell to draw the start once again in Week 10 against the Chargers.
LaFell played 92 percent of snaps on offense in Sunday's 42-28 loss to Indianapolis, catching three of four targets for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: LaFell unexpectedly replaced Amari Cooper in the starting lineup while Martavis Bryant played just seven snaps and failed to draw a single target. It's only fair to expect the same alignment during Thursday's game in San Francisco, though the Raiders would be wise to eventually take a closer look at Bryant in a regular role.
LaFell (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: LaFell was sidelined during the Raiders' season-opening loss to the Rams, and limited in practice to begin the week due to a back issue. The veteran seems healthy heading into Sunday's matchup against the Broncos, but stands to see limited offensive snaps even if he suits up.
LaFell (back) was officially limited in Wednesday's practice session, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: LaFell missed Week 1 against the Rams as he continued to battle a back injury. His limited participation Wednesday doesn't really provide many clues about his availability for Week 2, but his progress throughout the week and designation, if any, on the final injury report may be a better indicator.
LaFell (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: LaFell -- who was signed on Sept. 3 -- will have to wait a little longer to make his Raiders debut. The former Bengals wideout is expected to battle with Seth Roberts for the team's No. 3 receiver job once he gets acclimated with the offense.
The Raiders are poised to sign LaFell, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: With Martavis Bryant having been cut loose this past weekend, the Raiders were looking for added depth behind top wideouts Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. Enter LaFell, who has a chance to supplant Seth Roberts as the team's No. 3 wideout once he gets up to speed with the Oakland offense. Neither of those two are high-upside fantasy options at this stage, but they do merit a look by those in deep leagues scrambling to replace Bryant.
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