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WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

5-10, 183Born: 11-2-1985College: Texas TechDrafted: ---

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Week 4: vs Buffalo Bills

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is a classic AFC East rivalry game, and these contests are always hard-fought affairs. New England Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) have reportedly made enough progress in their recoveries from their respective injuries that the team is hopeful both will be available in Week Four against the Buffalo Bills as of Tuesday, September 27. If Garoppolo can go he'll get the final start before Tom Brady comes back to the forefront of the Patriots' offense. Garoppolo has been the superior passer (42/59 for 496 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown over two games started). Rob Gronkowski (in for a cameo appearance against the Texans last week, with one target for zero receptions) should be available for this contest as well, so the Patriots' passing game should look up in Week Four. The Bills destroyed Carson Palmer last weekend, with five sacks for -27 yards and four interceptions of Palmer - vs. zero TDs allowed (26/50 for 260 net yards passing). Buffalo is tied for second in the NFL with 10 sacks through three games, and has averaged 285.0 net yards passing allowed per game (22nd in the NFL), but only two passing scores given out vs. four interceptions generated. Over the first three weeks of the season, Buffalo has averaged 17.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-least in the NFL); but 30.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fifth-most in the NFL); with 2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (tied for second-least). This looks like a better matchup for Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan/Danny Amendola than it is for the recovering-form Gronkowski. This is a neutral matchup between divisional rivals.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 19 0 0 0 4 3 48 0 0 4.8
2 vs MIA 19 0 0 0 4 4 48 2 1 15.8
3 vs HOU 13 0 0 0 2 2 23 0 0 2.3
4 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
4 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
4 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Because of game plan, Amendola wasn't heavily involved and didn't play many snaps on offense. This may be the case again if Brissett starts in Week 4, though Amendola hasn't seen a full snap count complement in any week thus far.

2016 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 48 / 2 rec)

Danny Amendola was the red zone star of the day, catching two touchdown passes in the first half. His first was mostly due to Jimmy Garoppolo's ability to step up in the pocket facing pressure, while his second was a good move by Amendola to get open in the middle of the end zone. To his credit, on the first catch, Amendola moved around when he saw his quarterback under duress, improvising his route for the score. On the down side, he did lose a fumble, something he'll no doubt beat himself up over. It's also worth noting he was 4th on the receiver depth chart in terms of snaps played.

2016 Week 1 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Amendola only played a handful of snaps, but made them count late in the game, as he helped convert two critical third downs on the Patriots' game winning drive. However, going forward, his game lines will be very inconsistent if his snap count is any indication.


Latest News

Patriots | Danny Amendola scores twice (Sun Sep 18, 05:08 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola caught four passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.

Our View: Amendola played a bigger role with Rob Gronkowski out and converted when the Patriots got on the Dolphins side of the field. He's not going to be worth picking up because the Patriots pass offense will be muted for at least the next week or two until Tom Brady returns, but Amendola is showing he can still play and the Patriots pass offense is showing they can still put up a lot of points very easily.
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