WR Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins
2017 Stats: 61 rec., 659 yards, 2 TD
Opportunity seemed to knock for Danny Amendola last year, with Julian Edelman out the entire season with a torn ACL. But his stat line was almost an exact replica of 2015 (65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns) and he finished as WR43 in ESPN leagues (default PPR scoring). He had an excellent postseason though, with 26 receptions (on 33 targets) for 348 yards (two 100-yard games).
Amendola signed a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins this offseason, where he’ll join another deep group of wide receivers (DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant). But Jarvis Landry is leaving behind 112 catches and 161 targets from last year, and Amendola is in line to step into the slot role Landry has vacated after a trade to the Browns.
After some hype out of OTAs in May about good rapport with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a report out the first days of training camp says Amendola is indeed working as the top slot receiver for the Dolphins.
Over nearly three complete seasons from 2014-2016, before Tannehill originally suffered the ACL injury that eventually became a full tear that cost him all of last season, Landry averaged 8.6 targets per game over those 45 games. Narrowing in on the full seasons in 2014 and 2015, Landry had a 23.5 percent share of Miami’s pass targets.
The volume Landry is leaving behind is likely to be somewhat divided between Amendola, Parker, Stills, Wilson and Grant. But Amendola is in line for a bigger chunk than anyone, and 80-90 targets is an easy projection over 14-16 games.
Amendola is practically off the grid in Fantasy Pros ADP, as WR70 in standard scoring and somehow a little lower (WR74) in full-point PPR. Half-point PPR (WR56) is far kinder to him though, which points to him as an overlooked late-round flier in PPR leagues.