New England Patriots Danny Amendola is the 19th ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 52, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the fifth or sixth round of most fantasy drafts.
Right now he is drawing rave reviews from the Patriots coaching staff and most of the writers in the New England area.
In 11 games last season with the St. Louis Rams, Amendola recorded 63 receptions for 666 yards and 3 touchdowns. Though he was held back due to injury, he was on pace for nearly 100 receptions and 1,000+ receiving yards.
Amendola signed with the Patriots in March after his contract ended with the Rams. The signing came within hours after the Patriots lost star receiver Wes Welker to the Broncos. The presumption is that the team signed Amendola to fill a similar roll as Welker had as the team’s slot receiver.
It is expected that coach Bill Belichick will attempt to get the ball to Amendola as much as possible. With great hands, speed and agility, Amendola has the talent to fill the void that Welker left. Welker had 110 or more receptions and 1,100 or more yards in 5 of his last 6 seasons. Last season he racked up 1,354 yards and 6 touchdowns before bolting for Denver.
Amendola’s versatility makes him a receptions, yardage and touchdown threat every week. Yet Amendola’s injury history hinders his fantasy value. He has played only 12 total games in the last 2 seasons, as he’s been battling shoulder, ankle and foot injuries. This slew of aliments does not make it look promising that he can stay on the field for 16 games, but his upside makes him a good chance to take.
If Amendola can stay healthy, he will be a point-scoring force in fantasy. Amendola is worth drafting if you have deep enough receiving core to fill in for him if he gets injured.