WR Danny Amendola - New England Patriots
|5-10, 183||Born: 11-2-1985||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins
FBG says: Great matchup. His Week 13 hiccup aside, Tom Brady remains the game's most consistently great passer and arguably its best producer. He's posted 8 games of 20+ fantasy points thus far, third-most in football, as a result of leading the NFL in raw yardage and adjusted yards per attempt. And even last week he completed 70% of his throws for 258 yards; his fantasy day was merely doomed by a lack of touchdowns. That's a true rarity: Brady was fresh off a stretch of 3 straight games with 3+ touchdowns and has thrown multiple scores in 8 of 12 games. Armed to the teeth with dynamic weaponry, including Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, and an impressive set of pass-catching backs, Brady boasts the strongest floor and ceiling projections virtually every week he's in play. His Week 13 outlook is made a bit murkier by Gronkowski's suspension, but not overly so. Brady is always in position to maximize his personnel and turn his dependably solid volume (34+ attempts in 9 of 12 games) into a QB1 day. He's never a start-or-sit concern for his fantasy owners, regardless of matchup. Saddled with poor cornerbacks and one of the league's most anemic pass rushes, the Dolphins have struggled mightily against the pass all year. They're allowing the league's 8th-most touchdowns through the air (1.83 per game) and 11th-most net yards per attempt (6.5). Don't be fooled by their raw numbers over the last 2 weeks: Tom Brady would've easily topped 227 yards if not for the blowout score, and Trevor Siemian seems to have regressed to the point that he's no longer even a capable No. 2. This remains a fairly targetable unit, and one that Brady shouldn't have any trouble brushing aside in Week 14. The only real question concerning Brady or Brandin Cooks owners is whether the Patriots will be up 27-3 entering the fourth quarter and ease off of the pedal.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 13 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Beyond a nice 27 yard gain to start the day along the sideline, Amendola was fairly quiet, as the passing game took a backseat to the run game.
2017 Week 11 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 66 / 1 rec)
Oakland didn't have an answer for Danny Amendola on third downs. In the first half alone, Amendola converted three third down opportunities, which included a 5-yard touchdown strike on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. The pocket broke down, but Brady stepped up, and found a streaking Amendola in the back of the end zone. This scoring play gave New England a 14-0 advantage. Overall, Amendola's route running and shiftiness allow him to find open space against Oakland's zone coverage.
2017 Week 10 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Facing off against Chris Harris for a large part of the game, Amendola didn't make much noise against the Broncos, but that was mostly due to the aforementioned matchup. Tom Brady simply had better places to go with the ball.
2017 Week 7 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Due to game script, the Patriots didn't attempt nearly as many passes as normal. As a result, Amendola didn't do much to speak of beyond a few short catches.
2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Not a huge game for Danny Amendola, but it wasn't his fault. There was slightly more run/pass balance, the Jets defense played him well, and Gronk and Brandin Cooks both had big games.
2017 Week 5 vs TB (8 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)
Amendola looked no worse for wear after his injury earlier in the year, consistently catching key conversions and beating the Bucs in the middle of the field. Most of his routes were short to intermediate, but he worked them well, particularly when the Bucs went into zone looks. His catch share may have been inflated due to a Gronk injury, but he will still get plenty of work going forward.
2017 Week 4 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 42 / 1 rec)
Looking fully healthy, Amendola saw several targets against the Panthers. He did score a touchdown on a short 4th down, but his most notable catch saw him hanging onto a first down conversion despite an absolutely bone-jarring tackle that whiplashed him to the ground. He was also called for a spotty interference penalty early in the game.
2017 Week 3 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Though he was back from injury, Amendola didn't make much noise thanks to other players gobbling up yardage and creating huge plays. As such, the short passing game wasn't used as much, but the key is that Amendola is healthy again - for now.
2017 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec)
The good news was that Amendola was one of Brady's preferred targets and paced the team in receptions and yards. The bad news is that Amendola was concussed in the second half of the game, and may be looking at an absence from games. The injury actually happened on a punt return, an area the Patriots are extremely thin at right now. Amendola also lost a fumble, which is a big no-no in Patriots world, and ran a crucial route just short of the first down line, a clear mental error. Amendola will be a factor when healthy, but that 'when' is anyone's guess.
Latest NewsPatriots | Danny Amendola to step up in Week 14? (Fri Dec 8, 10:39 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola could pick up the slack with TE Rob Gronkowski suspended for the Week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Our View: When Gronkowski was sidelined in Week 5, Amendola finished with eight catches for 77 yards on a season-high 55 snaps. Amendola could perform like a WR4 with upside for fantasy owners this Monday night against the Dolphins. We should see the return of WR Chris Hogan this week, and that could negatively impact the number of targets Amendola could potentially see.
link to story Patriots | Two grabs for Danny Amendola (Sun Dec 3, 05:02 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola posted two receptions for 34 yards on four targets in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills. link to story Patriots | Danny Amendola limited again (Thu Nov 30, 04:28 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 30. Our View: Amendola has been a bit up and down, in part because of the knee. Right now, if he plays, we look at him as a WR5, which is about where his average has been this year.
link to story Patriots | Danny Amendola limited in practice (Wed Nov 29, 04:58 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 29. link to story Patriots | Wednesday's practice report for NE (Wed Nov 29, 04:57 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (Achilles'), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (concussion) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 29. WR Danny Amendola (knee), C David Andrews (illness), LB Marquis Flowers (knee), DL Trey Flowers (ribs), CB Eric Rowe (groin), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) were limited participants. link to story More News
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