Steve Smith garners all the headlines, but what about Brandon LaFell? The team's second-leading receiver caught a nine-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Monday night's 24-20 win against the New England Patriots.
LaFell ran across the middle wide-open before hauling in the pass and taking a hit from Patriots safety Duron Harmon at goal line, but he held on for his fourth touchdown of the year. ESPN Stats and Information indicates that he has matched his career high in that regard:
Despite the score, LaFell's potential for big fantasy days seems limited by Newton's ability to spread the ball around to different receivers.
With tight end Greg Olsen and Ted Ginn, Jr. also getting plenty of targets in Carolina's offense, you can't count on LaFell to produce week in and week out.
He finished Monday night with a season-high seven catches for 59 yards, bringing his season totals to 40 receptions and 459 yards. That amounts to an average of four catches and 45.9 yards per game—not numbers of a player worth starting on your fantasy team on a weekly basis.
As of Monday night, LaFell was owned in 5.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy leagues. He might be worth a flex play in a deep league, but not much else.