Week Sixteen Analysis:
If you picked Danny Amendola as a breakthrough candidate in the preseason, well, you were wrong. But the good news is that he's in one piece for the fantasy championship and is coming off a huge game against Miami last week. Amendola saw 14 targets last week, the most since Week 1, and he also topped 100 yards for the third time in roughly eight full games. It's always a risky proposition to run him out there, but with Julian Edelman expected to draw primary coverage against the Ravens, Amendola could surprise on Sunday. The Ravens have allowed four receiver touchdowns over the last three weeks, a modest number, suggesting Amendola has a chance of scoring.
Week Six Analysis:
Danny Amendola made a gutsy return from a torn groin muscle last week and played in 62% of the Patriots' offensive snaps. Despite the limited playing time, Amendola led the team with nine targets and finished with 55 yards on four receptions. The Saints' defense has received a lot of praise for shutting down offensive sluggernauts like the Bucs, Cardinals, and Dolphins, but the Bears' receivers exposed them last week for over 250 yards. The probable return of Rob Gronkowski would prove more valuable than up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A in Contra. Start Amendola and pray he stays in one piece.
Week One Analysis:
Tom Brady has mercilessly torched the Bills throughout his career and has averaged over 325 passing yards and three touchdowns per game against them over the last two seasons. Gone are most of his favorite targets, but Danny Amendola figures to slide right in and be the prime beneficiary. Buffalo's cornerbacks allowed the fifth-most receiving touchdowns last year, yet did nothing in the offseason to address the position. Worse, their best cover corner, Stephen Gilmore, is out at least eight weeks. And the team's second-leading tackler last year, strong safety George Wilson, is gone too. A healthy Amendola should be in store for a big day against what figures to be one of the league's worst defenses.
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Here's a little compare and contrast for you. Player A recorded 67 receptions, 687 yards and one score on 99 targets. Player B had four fewer receptions, 20 fewer yards, and two more scores on 2 more targets. Virtually identical, right? Well Player A is the 2006 version of Wes Welker, when he was still a Dolphin. Player B is last year's version of Danny Amendola while was still with the Rams. Will Amendola single-handedly replace the 389 targets left by the departure of Lloyd, Welker and Hernandez? No, but the main slot receiver for the New England Patriots has had over 145 targets, 110 catches and 1,100 yards in five of the last six seasons. So, there's plenty of opportunity for Amendola. He just needs to stay healthy, something he has, literally, never done.