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LaFell caught 4-of-5 targets for 55 yards in Thursday's 27-25 win over the Jets.

It looked as if LaFell might have been headed for another big game when he caught two passes for 27 yards on the Patriots' first three plays from scrimmage. While he didn't quite disappear for the night, LaFell was unsurprisingly usurped by TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman and RB Shane Vereen, who combined for 27 of the 36 targets. LaFell seems to have locked done his role and may have a few more big games, but he also figures to get lost in the shuffle some weeks, as he's just the third or fourth option in New England's passing game.

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LaFell caught 4-of-6 targets for 97 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-22 win over the Bills.

LaFell has been a hit-or-miss option of late, but with Patriots' offense showing some spark these days, he's in line to see his share of targets in the coming weeks, along with fellow starting wideout Julian Edelman.

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LaFell was on the field for 77-of-84 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

LaFell's 77 snaps were a team-high among wideouts, as he is now seeing regular work at outside receiver, but he only caught one pass (on four targets) for 20 yards on Sunday. He'll be a hit-or-miss fantasy play moving forward, as long as the target-gobbling Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski remain healthy.

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LaFell caught 6-of-10 targets for 119 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.

With both Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson inactive, LaFell played most of the offensive snaps. He took a short slant for a 44-yard touchdown in the third quarter, breaking a pair of tackles to provide New England's only real highlight. He later added a 37-yard gain from Jimmy Garoppolo in garbage time, but all of the other receptions came from Tom Brady's hand. Even if he sticks ahead of Thompkins and Dobson, LaFell will be no better than the third or fourth option in a passing game that hasn't looked good.

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LaFell was on the field for 41-of-73 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Raiders, ESPN.com reports.

LaFell (who caught four passes for 46 yards on eight targets in the contest) and Kenbrell Thompkins effectively rotated as the Patriots' No. 2 receiver in Week 3 behind Julian Edelman, with neither player representing a high-percentage fantasy play until the Patriots' passing game hits stride.

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LaFell was on the field for 38-of-67 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Vikings, ESPN.com reports.

LaFell did not record a catch for the second straight game Sunday, though he did suit up over Kenbrell Thompkins, likely due to his presence on the Patriots' special teams. At this stage, LaFell is a break or two away from fantasy relevance.

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LaFell was on the field for 38-of-86 snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

LaFell, who was held without a catch in the game, stil figures to see his share of looks in the coming weeks, but with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins, and eventually, Aaron Dobson also in the team's wideout mix, LaFell is going to be a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

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LaFell was on the field for 30-of-72 snaps on offense in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, recording two catches (on five targets) for 14 yards.

With Aaron Dobson still sidelined, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins opened up the game as starters at wideout for the Patriots on Friday. That said, we suspect that LaFell's roster spot is secure, though with so many mouths to feed in the offense -- especially when Dobson and TE Rob Gronkowski return to the mix -- he figures to be a hit-or-miss option out of the gate.

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LaFell is coming off a strong week of practice, the Boston Herald reports.

While LaFell slots in behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in the Patriots' WR pecking order, at 6-2, 210 pounds, he could carve out some value in deeper leagues if he develops good red zone chemistry with QB Tom Brady as the regular season progresses. With that in mind, the likelihood and frequency with which that might occur is presumably tied to the availability/health of TE Rob Gronkowski and fellow wideout Aaron Dobson.

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LaFell had a strong practice Tuesday, with quarterback Tom Brady noting that the veteran wideout "made a lot of plays out there" during the team's workout, ESPN.com reports.

While LaFell presumably slots in behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in both real and fantasy terms, his 6-2, 210-pound frame adds a different element to the Patriots' offense that the aforementioned duo does and as long as the 6-3, 200-pound Aaron Dobson is hobbled, LaFell remains in the team's No. 3 wideout equation, along with Kenbrell Thompkins.