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.
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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