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|Danny Amendola was signed by the Patriots last offseason immediately following Wes Welker's signing with the Denver Broncos. Many fantasy footballers not only saw Amendola as a replacement for Welker but also felt that he was a younger and faster version of the man known as “the slot machine.“ Amendola suffered a serious tear of the groin during the opening week contest against Buffalo. He only played in 12 games and was hampered by the injury all season causing him to be a major disappointment to the team and to fantasy owners. He's now fully healthy and is expected to be a starting outside wide receiver for the team, despite some earlier offseason reports calling him a candidate to be released. Amendola was the star of the 2012 offseason and by all reports he has looked good once again at OTAs this offseason. Amendola offers a pretty similar skill set to Julian Edelman and it will be interesting to see how the team employs what basically amounts to two slot wide receivers in their 2014 offense. Amendola has a reputation of being “injury prone” and last season will not put that perception to rest. In PPR leagues, however, there is potential to use that perception to get some nice draft value for a player that could very well have caught the 105 balls that went to Edelman last season if not for his Week 1 injury.
Comment: Different year, same story. Amendola is capable of being a fantasy WR2 but he comes with huge injury risk. He's played one full season (2010) during his five-year career.
| Edelman expected to be ready for Ravens|
Patriots wideout missed last two weeks with concussion
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 7, 12:30 pm
|Wide receiver Julian Edelman said he is ready to put his concussion in the past as he gears his attention toward Saturday's playoff opener against the Ravens. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Expect the Patriots to find a way of list Edleman as Questionable later in the week but all signs point to him returning for the Divisional game against the Ravens. Edelman missed Week 16 with a concussion then sat out the meaningless Week 17 game against the Bills. Edelman's return would mean Danny Amendola would once again take a back seat in the receiving rotation.
| Gronkowski, Edelman inactive for Patriots|
Tim Wright expected to start at TE
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Dec 28, 11:35 am
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman are both inactive today. Expect starters to be out in the second half, anyway (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots are playing it safe with their star TE in a meaningless game. Expect Tim Wright to get the start and Danny Amendola should see more targets with Edelman out. Expect to see Jimmy Garoppolo replace Tom Brady at some point during the game.
| Julian Edelman out with concussion|
Didn't make the trip to New York
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Dec 20, 4:00 pm
|Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will not play tomorrow against the Jets due to a concussion, according to two sources. (Boston Herald)|
FFToday's Take: With Edelman out of the lineup it's reasonable to assume Danny Amendola will see more snaps. RB Shane Vereen could also see increased usage in the passing game. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell get a bump in value.