Head to Head: Two Danny Amendola 2013 Fantasy Predictions

With Danny Amendola‘s free-agent signing with the New England Patriots, let’s take a look at his fantasy prospects in 2013.

From Adam Rainbolt (@adamrainbolt);

The New England Patriots replaced a sub-six-foot former Texas Tech wide receiver, Wes Welker, with another in Danny Amendola; one who is four-years younger, but does have a history of injuries (elbow, shoulder and foot), preventing him from playing in just 12 of 32 games the past two seasons.

Amendola will fit nicely into the New England offense; an offense that despite having a healthy Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will still have plenty of offensive touches left over for the new wide receiver. The Patriots will also be without past free- agent disappointment Brandon Lloyd, leaving Amendola to carry the load for the wide receiving corp.

Adam’s Prediction (3/19/2013): 100 catches, 1,100 total yards and 9 TDs, good enough to be a Top-12 wide receiver.

From Regan Yant (@reganfp);

Danny Amendola to the Patriots.  Sounds like its a transitional match right?  One mighty mouse Texas Tech receiver for the next? He should be able to step right in and do what Wes Welker was doing right?  I’m not so sure.  For whatever reason, some WRs just haven’t been able to step right in to this offense and succeed.  Welker was the exception, catching 112 balls in his first season in New England and only having one season where he didn’t catch atleast 100. 

There are numerous similarities between Welker and Amendola but that doesn’t mean it’s a given that he steps right in and picks up where Wes left off.  His health is the key and I’m not convinced he will stay healthy through a full season until he proves it.  He did catch 85 balls from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s rookie season but that was also his best season statistically.  I’m not buying high on Amendola, if I’m a dynasty owner I’m selling high.  It’s not that I think he will fail miserably like Brandon Lloyd, I just don’t think he is going to repeat Welker’s numbers.  And finally, you never know what Bill Belichick has up his half sleeves, he could pull another surprise or two in regards to the receiving corps before camp starts.

Regan’s Prediction (3/19/2013): 80 catches, 900 yards and 5 TDs receiving, Top-25-30 wide receiver


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    Adam Rainbolt

    March 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Fact: I may already be regretting my stance on Amendola.

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    Matt Wincherauk

    March 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I’m not going to be overly overoptimistic, but I think Amendola can be a top 20 Fantasy WR this season. He managed 63 catches in only 11 games last season with only an average QB in Sam Bradford. I think he fits well in that offence, the catches will come fast and furious, but lacking will be the yardage and TDs, it’s just natural in that offence with those TEs. I’d go 90 catches, 950 yards, 6 TDs. In a PPR league, he’d go top 10 for sure.

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    Adam Rainbolt

    March 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for the comment Matt! I agree that in PPR, he will be a no brainer. Looking at Welker’s pre-NE seasons bodes well for Amendola’s prospects in 2013.

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    Jason Jeran

    May 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Now with gronk looking like he might be not be 100%, and the rest of the WR core looking like junk, Amendola is in for a big year. I also wouldn’t underestimate Bellicheck’s ego. He is going to want to make sure that he looks right for letting welker go, and the only way that will happen is if Danny is 100+ catch guy. I know this will seem like lofty expectations, but I expect Amendola (if healthy) to go for 115 rec, 1200yds, and 7 TDs. In PPR leagues he should be an easy top 5 WR.

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    May 30, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I think Amendola could be a top 5 if things go right. However I would not reach high in the draft to get him. Pre-season and the injury status of Gronkowski should be very telling. I think he will be a Top 20 for sure. I did some number crunching and if he is healthy he should do Top 20.

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