Danny Amendola is heading to the Dolphins this season as a free agent, and he will help Miami replace the departed Jarvis Landry, who was traded to Cleveland. Amendola had a respectable regular season in 2017 with the Patriots with 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns on 86 targets, but he was a star in the playoffs with 26 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Fantasy owners wish that Amendola would show up each week, but it's doubtful he'll be that productive without Tom Brady. With Landry gone, Miami has to replace 112 catches for 987 yards and nine touchdowns on 160 targets from last year, and Amendola will likely spend most of the time in Landry's old spot in the slot. Still, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson will also help to pick up the slack. Amendola is worth a late-round flier in all leagues, especially PPR, and he could easily outproduce his draft position if he gets a hefty amount of Landry's departed targets.
Amendola has officially signed with the Dolphins, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Per the Boston Globe, Amendola's deal is for two years and worth $12 million. After having re-worked his deal with the Patriots prior to each of the last three seasons, the 32-year-old slot man will now cash in with his new deal with the Dolphins. From a fantasy perspective, Amendola could provide a degree of utility in PPR formats as Miami looks to fill the void created by the departure of the target-gobbling Jarvis Landry, but he'll have some competition to that end. DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills profile as the team's top two wideouts, with Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant also on hand to jostle for looks in the team's offense with Amendola, who hauled in 61 passes for 659 yards and two TDs in 15 regular-season games for New England in 2017.
Amendola is on track to sign with the Dolphins, NFL.com reports. Amendola has on previous occasions re-worked his contract in order to stay with the Patriots, but this time around, the 32-year-old will look to parlay the 61-catch effort he turned in last season into a solid payday in free agency. The Dolphins are also adding Albert Wilson to their pass-catching mix, but there are looks to be had in the Miami offense, with slot stalwart Jarvis Landry -- who logged a league-high 112 catches on 161 targets in 2017 -- having been traded to the Browns.
Amendola brought in eight of 11 targets for 152 yards during the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Both Amendola's reception and receiving yardage totals paced all receivers, and he also had a team-high 50-yard catch down the left sideline on a blown coverage late in the first quarter. The sure-handed pass catcher's effort Sunday capped off a spectacular postseason, one that saw him bring in 26 of 33 targets for 348 yards and two touchdowns over three games. The 32-year-old's regular season was solid in its own right, as he eclipsed the 60-catch mark for the fourth time in his career while posting his third-highest receiving yardage total (659) and converting a career-best 39 of his grabs into first downs. Amendola is slated to be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, but given his value to the Patriots and the premium the team typically places on continuity, he's certainly a candidate for return.
Amendola brought in seven of nine targets for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-20 AFC championship game win over the Jaguars. He completed his sole pass attempt for 20 yards, rushed once for three yards and gained 25 yards on two punt returns. Amendola paced the Patriots in targets while sharing the team lead in receptions with Dion Lewis, and he even had a nifty 20-yard completion to the latter on a trick play that culminated in a lost fumble. However, it was his outstanding work in the red zone that helped vault New England into its second straight Super Bowl. The veteran possession man capped off two fourth-quarter scoring drives with touchdown grabs, the first a nine-yarder with 8:44 remaining. Amendola had a total of three catches during that march, but the highlight of his afternoon was a beauty of a leaping four-yard scoring reception two possessions later in which he just managed to keep both feet inbounds in the back of the end zone. That subsequent touchdown, which came with 2:48 remaining, ultimately proved to be the game-winner. Through two postseason games, Amendola has now brought in 18 of 22 targets for 196 yards and Sunday's two touchdowns, making him Tom Brady's top target overall during that span. If star tight end Rob Gronkowski is unable to recover from the head injury that knocked him out of Sunday's contest by the time Super Bowl LII rolls around in two weeks, Amendola should see an even more expanded role than usual in that game.
Amendola caught four of his seven targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Jets. With fellow wideout Chris Hogan (shoulder) presumably on track to return to action in the playoffs, Amendola figures to see less snaps than either Brandin Cooks or Chris Hogan, but he'll still bring modest PPR utility to the table, in his role out of the slot. In terms of his fantasy upside in playoff formats, Amendola's value is hit-or-miss, given that his weekly target share will be game-flow dependent.
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|2||09/16||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|4||09/30||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||19||20.00|
|10||11/11||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|14||12/09||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
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