WR Danny Amendola - Detroit Lions
|5-10, 183||Born: 11-2-1985||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Detroit Lions, now on their third starting quarterback of the season, enter week 14 with a long week of rest to build an offense around David Blough following a close Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chicago Bears. Detroit's impressive passing numbers this season are a product of Matthew Stafford's strong 2019 campaign, but without him, they mean very little moving forward. The Lions' passing attack should continue to be a high-volume unit, as they project to play from behind once again this weekend, which bodes well for the offense's raw totals, and Blough's overperformance (relative to expectation) in his debut could foster a surprisingly-strong fantasy environment for a select few Detroit pass-catchers. Blough, as many backup quarterbacks do, relied heavily upon his proverbial safety blankets through the air, peppering tight end T.J. Hockenson and slot receiver Danny Amendola with 11 and 8 targets, respectively. Both players run primarily short and intermediate routes. While Hockenson is out for the season, Danny Amendola may continue to see increased usage with the rookie under center. Logan Thomas should slot into the lineup for T.J. Hockenson, although he projects for very little usage through the air in this offense. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. are the team's two most talented receivers, and while Golladay continued to command his high-value deep targets, Jones, Jr. saw little action with Blough at the helm. Exercise caution with this unit, as there is very little data about the receivers' usage with rookie David Blough at quarterback thus far. Minnesota's pass defense grades as a solid unit, ranking in the top third of the NFL in almost every meaningful category this season. As they have played with a lead for most of their 8-4 start to the year, the Vikings have defended the 9th-most pass attempts of any team in the league, allowing just 6.1 net yards per attempt, the 12th-best mark in the NFL. The Vikings field a deep unit of capable pass defenders, aside from one glaring weakness at cornerback. On the defensive line, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter make up one of the strongest edge-rushing pairs in the league. Then, at the back-end of the defense, Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith, two of the league's best pass-defending safeties, do their best to mask the team's weakness at cornerback. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have been horrific in coverage this season, allowing 4 100-yard receivers over the team's last 4 games, and there is no reason to believe they'll right the ship anytime soon. This weekend, taking on one of the league's best wide receiver duos in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Vikings' weak cornerbacks will be put to the test. With a backup quarterback at the helm, expectations for Detroit's passing attack should be tempered in Week 14, as they take on a generally-strong pass defense with the one glaring weakness.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Danny Amendola's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs CHI (8 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a tough game against the Vikings on Thanksgiving. He caught his first pass in the late third quarter and caught two out routes late in the game but dropped multiple passes on the game. He did have an opportunity near the goal line on a target that looked like it should have been called defensive pass interference but was not and had a screen reception called back by penalty. Amendola fits the strengths of David Blough more than Jeff Driskel, so if Driskel starts next week against Vikings, Amendola has some potential fantasy viability.
2019 Week 12 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had three short catches against Washington on Sunday on only three targets. Amendola's work was in the short passing game but does not fit well with Jeff Driskel's skills as a passer. Amendola will face the Bears on Thanksgiving in a game Driskel is likely to play.
2019 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola continued his role in the short passing game, despite Matthew Stafford missing his second consecutive game with an injury. Amendola's work in the short passing game included multiple third down conversions, before a deep catch down the middle of the field on a scramble drill. Amendola is a lower upside player without Stafford in the lineup and will hope for his return in a good matchup next week against Washington.
2019 Week 10 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a down game with Matthew Stafford missing the game with an injury. Detroit was led by Jeff Driskel who is more mobile and less of a timing passing that Stafford, which does not cater to Amendola's skillset. Amendola was targeted in the red zone with a quick out inside the 10-yard line, but otherwise struggled for fantasy relevance. He added two drops and had a long catch called back by penalty. Amendola should hope for Stafford to return next week against Dallas.
2019 Week 9 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a quiet day after consecutive strong performances. He had a short catch on the first drive of the game and later had a deep out for a third down conversion. He had opportunities for a bigger day but he was hurt by two errant throws by Matthew Stafford, including one at the goal line and another on a vertical perimeter route. Amendola faces a tough Chicago defense next week.
2019 Week 8 vs NYG (8 / 8 / 95 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had another strong game against the New York Giants on Sunday. Amendola started hot, with three receptions on the first drive, including a catch up the seam from the slot. Amendola was consistently open in the short area of the field and is a preferred option for Stafford as a chain moving option, but the target up the seam is an expansion of his usual route tree. Amendola will look to continue his strong role in the offense next week against the Raiders.
2019 Week 7 vs MIN (11 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a good game after a disappointing game last week. Amendola worked primarily in the short area of the field and was seemingly unconverable for stretches. Amendola was able to break two bigger gains with runs after the catch and added a deep crossing route reception. Amendola creates easy throws for Matthew Stafford, especially in chain moving situations. He will face the Giants next week.
2019 Week 3 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Danny Amendola had a quiet fantasy game against the Eagles on Sunday. He was involved early on the first series with a screen but was quiet through the rest of the first half. He had a 22-yard reception on a crosser route and later had a good third down conversion along the sideline late in the game. Amendola could see higher volume next week against the Chiefs.
2019 Week 2 vs LAC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After a big week one, Danny Amendola dropped his only target on a third down pass. Amendola will look to bounce back against Philadelphia in week three.
2019 Week 1 vs ARI (13 / 7 / 104 / 1 rec)
Danny Amendola had a strong debut with the Detroit Lions in week one against the Arizona Cardinals. He was targeted frequently and involved early in the offense. He played both the slot and outside, getting easy separation on an out route while playing the perimeter. He was shifty in his movements in the short area. Amendola did score a long touchdown on a blown defensive coverage but added a critical mistake on the final drive of overtime where he did not get out of bounds, forcing the clock to run out and essentially guaranteeing a tie. Amendola has intrigue in a potentially high scoring game in week two against the Chargers.
Latest NewsLions | Danny Amendola catches three passes (Thu Nov 28, 04:23 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola caught three passes for 32 yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 13. He was targeted eight times during the game. link to story
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