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WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

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

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The Patriots benched Patrick Chung as the kickoff returner and turned to Danny Amendola. Bill Belichick has sometimes cycled through returners until finding a hot hand to use for the season.

Week 12: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady has been leading an explosive offense over the month of November. New England has crushed high-octane Denver and Indianapolis by 22 points in each contest. Brady threw 19/30 for 257 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions at Indianapolis last week, after roasting the Broncos for 33/53 for 332 yards passing, four TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for -1 yard) two games ago against Denver. Predictably, Rob Gronkowski has led the charge as a receiver with 15 targets for 13/176/2 over the last two games, while Julian Edelman (18 for 14/139/1), Shane Vereen (14 for 9/97/1) and Brandon LaFell (17 for 9/115/1) have all gotten a share of the action. The Patriots' offense is red hot entering Week 12. The Lions' rush D shuts down opposing backs, so they tend to get attacked through the air - last week, Drew Stanton wasn't sacked at all on the way to 21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. Ryan Tannehill managed 27/38 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception at Detroit two weeks ago, while taking three sacks for -29 yards. The Patriots' line has surrendered 16 sacks this year (tied for ninth in the NFL), so Brady isn't particularly vulnerable to pass pressure this season. To date, the Lions' secondary has held up well with 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game on average (fifth in the NFL), with 12 passing scores given out balanced by 12 interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 26 sacks (10th) generated so far. At home against the Lions' stout D, we think that Brady and company have a tougher-than-usual matchup this week. However, he is so hot right now that benching him is only a move if you are stacked at quarterback with the likes of Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck behind Brady.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
8 vs CHI 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 0
9 vs DEN 0 0 0 3 2 35 0 0
11 at IND 0 0 0 2 2 13 0 0
12 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
12 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 1 * * *
12 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Playing his most snaps since the season opener, Danny Amendola had a couple big catches, but was also a partial culprit in Tom Brady's interception. Brady was blitzed on the play and threw a bit behind Amendola, who let the ball bounce off him and into the waiting arms of a defender. Game planning and the uptempo/no huddle was likely the reason Amendola played more snaps than normal, so it's not a foregone conclusion he will continue to see a high snap count.

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Latest News

Patriots | Danny Amendola's role growing (Fri Nov 7, 10:19 AM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola's role has grown with the team's increased usage of three-receiver sets. The team used three wide receivers in 47 of 86 offensive plays last week.

Our View: Amendola still doesn't have consistent fantasy value, but if Julian Edelman gets dinged up - and he has been injury-prone in the past - Amendola could have a quick return to fantasy prominence. Keep him on your waiver wire speed dial.
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Schedule

12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills