Amendola caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings. Amendola was largely forgettable on a day during which Marvin Jones dusted the Vikings for 180 yards and two touchdowns. While the veteran will nonetheless finish his age-34 campaign with a career-high 13.1 yards per reception, Amendola also failed to reach pay dirt all year and he's yet to eclipse 700 receiving yards in his 12 years as a pro. Regardless of where the impending free agent signs this offseason, Amendola seems to have an uphill battle to reclaim fantasy relevance at this stage in his career.
Amendola caught five of seven targets for 37 yards during Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers. Although Amendola again finished third in playing time among Lions wide receivers behind Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, the former saw as many targets as the latter two combined and ultimately finished the day with a team-high 37 receiving yards, which tells you all you need to know about how the Lions' passing game performed in a game where Matthew Stafford (ankle) left early due to injury. It will be hard to trust any Lions pass catcher Week 17 against Minnesota if Stafford can't play.
Amendola caught three of four targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 46-25 loss to Tennessee. Amendola finished fourth on the team in targets on a day Marvin Jones (12 targets) stole the show. While it seems unlikely that Kenny Golladay (hip) returns to the field this season, Amendola has been passed over for the No. 2 role by mid-season acquisition Mohamed Sanu (five targets) and isn't seeing enough volume to be worthy of fantasy consideration -- especially if Detroit chooses to sit quarterback Matthew Stafford for the final two games of the season.
Amendola caught six of seven targets for 66 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay. Amendola (51 percent of the snaps) once again saw less playing time than Mohamed Sanu (60 percent). While he still outproduced his slightly younger counterpart, who has caught four passes for 73 yards over the past two games compared to nine catches and 128 yards for Amendola, both could be in for a downturn in production if Matthew Stafford (ribs) needs to miss time. Amendola's role in the slot makes him less vulnerable to a loss of playing time if Kenny Golladay (hip) is able to return, however. Next up is a Week 15 matchup against a Tennessee team that has allowed 11 passing touchdowns over the past six games.
Amendola caught three of five targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 34-30 victory over Chicago. Logging 49 percent of the offensive snaps in his return from a hip injury, the 35-year-old saw slightly less playing time than usual as interim head coach and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell handed the 31-year-old Mohamed Sanu 59 percent of the snaps. While the impending return of Kenny Golladay (hip) eventually will reduce the amount of playing time available to both of these veterans, Amendola's stock will fall further if he has to share the No. 3 role behind Golladay and Marvin Jones, who logged 95 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday. Next up for Detroit is a Week 14 home game against Green Bay.
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