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Week 1 vs. ARI
Receiving: 6 / 67 / 0 on 9 targets
Amendola looks like the #2 WR in this offense, ahead of
Robinson. He showed incredible hands, plucking every ball Bradford
fired his way, whether up high or off the turf.
A quick and reliable possession receiver, he can move the chains from
the slot for Bradford and could catch 5-10 balls every game in this
offense. He could easily perform a "Wes Welker" role for Bradford. He
won't be a deep threat, but will catch a lot of balls and is dangerous
in the open field. Definitely worth picking up and potentially a
starter for your team.
Week 2 vs. OAK
Receiving: 4 / 39 / 0 on 7 targets
Amendola, the former "Hard Knocks" (Cowboys Edition) Alum, is a good slot man --- his small stature and quickness allows him to find gaps in the defense and sit. He's a weapon in three-receiver formations and no-huddle situations, but he's not a starting WR.
Week 3 vs. WAS
Receiving: 6 / 56 / 0 on 7 targets
Amendola did his best Wes Welker imitation. He found spots underneath and seams for 1st downs. He showed terrific hands on his receptions and was very confident while fielding punts all over the field.
Week 4 vs. SEA
Receiving: 5 / 46 / 0 on 8 targets
Amendola committed a taunting penalty after his first catch, but it didn't keep him from getting more involved in the second half as an easy early read for Bradford underneath. Amendola should continue to have value in PPR leagues with Bradford well ahead of the curve and his own adeptness at finding openings in opposing defenses.
Week 5 vs. DET
Receiving: 12 / 95 / 0 on 19 targets
The Wes Welker comparisons for Danny Amendola are well-founded. Bradford delivers an accurate ball more often than not, and Amendola has a great sense of where he is on the field to be able to reel in catches consistently. He has soft, reliable hands and Bradford trusts him, especially on third down. Amendola got open along the sideline on 3rd and 11 at one point in the game and located the ball in the air to let it fall into his hands as he went out of bounds, tapping both feet in bounds as well to make a beautiful catch. Most of his catches are short, chain-moving style receptions, but he is a talented wideout with great potential for increased growth in this offense.
Week 6 vs. SD
Receiving: 3 / 19 / 0 on 5 targets
Amendola had been very involved in the offense this season coming into this game. He did turn in a long return on the game's first punt, but that was the biggest play he made. He did make a third down reception in the second half that he took down to the two yard line, but wasn't really close to scoring as there were several defenders in the area.
Week 7 vs. TB
Rushing: 1 / 21 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 29 / 1 on 5 targets
Amendola did a lot of good work in the return game, and he caught a few quick targets from Bradford that allowed him to get solid gains after the catch. Amendola also caught a short TD on a nice route that got wide open, but he is not getting enough targets to be trusted in PPR leagues, although that could change if Rams fall behind early.
Week 8 vs. CAR
Receiving: 6 / 28 / 1 on 7 targets
Danny Amendola was a consistent chain mover all game long for the Rams offense. Amendola's catches all came on short out routes and finding the hole in the zone coverage, including his touchdown catch when he rolled out right by design with his quarterback, stopping in the open spot to present himself as a target to Bradford. Amendola is the kind of receiver this Rams team needs at a time when their receiving corps is lacking star power.
Week 10 vs. SF
Rushing: 2 / 12 / 0
Receiving: 7 / 51 / 1 on 8 targets
Danny Amendola runs crisp, sudden routes and always gives Bradford a target to throw to when he needs to release the ball quickly. The Rams offense has a lot of timing based routes, and so Amendola thrives. He did in this game too, running very nice option routes in the middle of the field. Amendola was also used in the screen game and on end arounds. Although Amendola will never produce huge numbers in the box score, his role in this Rams offense is extremely important. His touchdown catch came on a perfectly zipped bullet pass from Bradford in the end zone, where Amendola is almost impossible to cover in the slot.
Week 11 vs. ATL
Receiving: 8 / 63 / 0 on 8 targets
Amendola is definitely the security blanket for the rookie, Bradford. Catching short, underneath patterns, Amendola is on pace for almost 100 receptions this year. There is no question that Amendola will be a big part of Bradford's future as a slot receiver, as he looks and seems like a carbon copy of Wes Welker out there, always getting open and consistently making plays.
Week 12 vs. DEN
Rushing: 3 / 48 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 41 / 0 on 7 targets
Amendola has nice value as a slot receiver that the Rams like to use in for short routes and first downs but he also has value in the running game. The Rams gave Amendola numerous attempts on end around plays, which worked well and caught the defense off guard most of the time. He is a great route runner that can get big separation on short routes over the middle in one on one situations. Amendola was also a good check down option for Bradford, but he is still not even a starter technically and production will be hampered as a result.
Week 13 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 17 / 0 on 2 targets
Amendola's sole catch of the day came on third down as he juked a defender out of position on a crossing route and gained 17 yards.
Week 14 vs. NO
Receiving: 3 / 16 / 0 on 5 targets
Amendola made it two straight weeks with an unimpressive, uninspiring performance on Sunday, catching just three balls (and dropping one) for 16 yards. Despite this, he's proven throughout the season that he's a legimiate threat in the slot position and conceivably should only get better as he puts in more and more time with quarterback Sam Bradford. Certainly the fact that he's a project doesn't bode well for his fantasy value, but he's definitely someone to continue keeping an eye on if you're in dynasty or keeper leagues going forward.
Week 15 vs. KC
Receiving: 7 / 60 / 0 on 11 targets
Amendola was very quiet until a desperation drive in the fourth quarter. He caught five balls on that drive and even got a target at the goal line. Before that he was barely looked at, although Amendola did get the pitch inside the red zone that should have resulted in a first and goal on the game's opening drive, but the Rams had a penalty and instead the drive ended with a field goal.
Week 16 vs. SF
Receiving: 8 / 53 / 0 on 11 targets
Danny Amendola did his thing in this game to the tune of eight receptions. Amendola is almost unstoppable when working the short routes underneath the coverage. He is too quick for any defender to cover one on one and always gives Bradford a good target to throw to. His best effort came on a shallow crossing route on 3rd down as he made the extra effort to reach for the first down marker.
Week 17 vs. SEA
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 4 targets
Amendola was largely taken out of the game plan with double coverage or tough zone coverage. He grabbed a couple of short catches during the 2nd half but was never able to create space and make anything big happen.