When the news broke that Jarvis Landry was on his way out of Miami, there became a massive hole in the Miami Dolphins roster. That hole is not going to be filled by Danny Amendola. I repeat, that hole is not going to be filled by Danny Amendola. Recently, I wrote an article about how the Dolphin’s signing of Albert Wilson made him the target you should look for as a late sleeper who may surprise in Miami based on Landry’s departure. (view that article here) This article instead is to tell you why you should stay far away from Amendola in 2018.
Let’s take a look at Amendola’s career in two parts, his first four years with the rams, and then the last five years with New England.
With the Rams, who at the time resided in St. Louis, Amendola had a very back and forth four years. As a rookie in 2009, Amendola played in only 14 games, catching 43 passes for only 326 yards and one lonely touchdown. Yes, for the season he had a YPC of only 7.6 (and people said Jarvis Landry’s YPC last season was bad at 8.8). However, in 2010 Amendola arguably had his best year as a pro, catching 85 passes for 689 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his entire nine season career, 2010 continues to be the year where he caught the most catches, gained the most yards, and shockingly played in all 16 games! However, with the good comes the bad, as Amendola got hurt the following year, only playing in one game. Finally, his St. Louis tenure ended with his final season in 2012 where he put up a decent 63-666-3 stat line.
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On to New England. In Amendola’s five years in New England, similar to St. Louis, he was only able to play all 16 games once (2014) as injuries have plagued his career. His best year for receptions was 2015, where he caught 65 balls, and his best year for yardage was last season where he accumulated 659 yards. His best season in terms of touchdowns was 2016, where he had a whopping four (yes, he has never had more than four touchdowns in a season), and his best year in terms of YPC was 2013 where he finished the year at 11.7. Looking just at last year, with Edelman out hurt, he didn’t have a single game with more than 100 yards (although he did hit 100 on the dot in the opener), and only surpassed 50 yards four times. He also had a whopping two touchdowns in last season with Brady throwing 32 touchdowns in total.
Let’s summarize. If you take the best of all Amendola’s nine year career, he maxes out at 85 receptions, 689 yards and four touchdowns, and most of those stats came when he was in his early 20s. He also has a career YPC of 9.6 and a total of 19 touchdowns in nine season (he scores one touchdown per every six games he plays in). Joining a wide receiver core of DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant and more, I’m not sure Amendola has a bright future in Miami next season.
Here’s what’s interesting about Amendola. In 2017, his per game regular season average was 4.1 receptions, 44 yards and 0.1 touchdowns. However, in the playoffs he averaged 8.7 receptions, 116 yards and 0.7 touchdowns a game. While he certainly produces in the playoffs, that won’t help you in fantasy land. Amendola was brought to Miami to be a veteran presence in the locker room and a leader on the field, because that is something they lost in Landry. However, if you’re looking to find someone who might fill up the stat sheet, there are better late round wide receiver options out there than Amendola.
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