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WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

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

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Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has posted a phenomenal set of records during his post-season performances - for example, Brady is the all-time leader in Super Bowl completions (164), passing yards (1,605) and passing touchdowns (13) - but he comes into this Super Bowl with several of his targets ailing - Martellus Bennett (knee, ankle), Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Danny Amendola (ankle) and Chris Hogan (thigh) were all limited during practice Friday, January 27 - keep an eye on how the various receivers progress/don't progress in their recoveries this week. So far during the 2017 playoffs, Brady has thrown 18/38 for 287 yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston (with two sacks taken for -8 yards and several other hits/pressures), followed by a stong 32/42 for 384 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -10 yards) against the Steelers two weekends ago. He threw to three main targets against the Steelers - Hogan (12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 8/118/1) and Bennett (five for 5/32/0) - Mitchell (four for 1/5/0) and Amendola (two for 2/12/0) were sparingly employed during the Conference Championship game. Brady has found enough offense to win both games by comfortable margins, and his talents as a quarterback remain formidable. The Falcons' pass defense has averaged 238.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and five sacks generated during the 2017 post-season. Russell Wilson managed 17/30 for 208 net yards passing, with two TDs and two interceptions thrown at Atlanta in the Divisional round (three sacks taken for -17 yards), while Aaron Rodgers managed 27/45 for 268 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards) at Atlanta two weekends ago. Atlanta was ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 266.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 31 passing scores given out during regular season (vs. 12 interceptions and 34 sacks generated). Over the final three weeks of regular season, Atlanta averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (14th-most); and 8.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (17th in the NFL during that time span). The Falcons have played stronger during the post-season in this phase of the game, though, as the 28.7 net passing yards allowed per game drop in their post-season average demonstrates. Brady is one of the all-time best players at his position, and he has a wealth of post-season experience. The Falcons are a young, brash defensive unit that has improved over the course of 2016-17 - but they are still suspect against the league's top talents, as Aaron Rodgers showed us two weekends ago. Advantage, New England.

Recent Stats and Projections

19 vs HOU 21 1 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 1.5
20 vs PIT 0 0 0 0 2 2 12 0 0 1.2
21 at ATL 0 0 0 0 11 8 78 1 0 13.8
21 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1 * * * *
21 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
21 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 11 vs SF (3 / 2 / 2 / 1 rec)

Amendola's biggest impact came on special this week in San Francisco. He logged a long punt return in the first quarter as well as recovering an onside kick with two minutes to play in the nearly-decided game. On offense, Amendola came wide open in the back of the end zone as Tom Brady make a spectacular floating touchdown pass with imminent pocket pressure fading to his left. Amendola's biggest upside remains if Julian Edelman were to miss time.

2016 Week 8 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec)

Once again playing a limited snap count, Amendola still made one of them count. On a goal to go play, Amendola caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady, who deftly stepped up in the pocket under pressure to find Amendola open. Beyond that, his day was fairly quiet, though he did have a big kick return as well that set the Patriots up for a scoring drive.

2016 Week 4 vs BUF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The only notable play for Danny Amendola was an overthrow by Jacoby Brissett. Other than that, he did not catch a pass.

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.


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