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|Danny Amedola was signed by the Patriots immediately following Wes Welker’s signing with the Denver Broncos and 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”. Unfortunately for Amendola, he suffered a serious tear of the groin during the opening week of 2013 and was never able to unseat Julian Edelman for that important slot role. Amendola offers a similar skill set to Edelman so the team would likely prefer another wide receiver to step up and claim a starting role but as of right now it looks like Amendola should get first crack. Amendola has a reputation of being “injury prone” which generally is an unfair label, but it’s hard to argue against him having earned it. Fantasy owners are likely better off looking elsewhere, as Amendola’s upside is capped if he’s not a high volume pass catcher since he lacks big play ability. A large target number is not very likely being the fourth option in the passing game (at best) behind Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Dion Lewis.
| Amendola recovering from off-season surgeries|
Wide receiver's recovery timeline isn't yet clear
By: Jake Gordon | Mon May 16, 1:00 pm
|Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries that may impact the start of his 2016 season. Amendola underwent surgery to repair the left knee that gave him considerable trouble late last season, and he also had to remove a bone spur in his ankle, according to a source. Both surgeries occurred early this offseason. The timeline is still a concern because it’s far too early to know when Amendola will return at full strength, and the Patriots will not rush him back to the field until he is ready.
FFToday's Take: After Julian Edelman the list of receivers on the Patriots roster is full of unknowns. Danny Amendola hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full slate of games since 2010 but he has the skill set to be a useful fantasy contributor with New England if he can shed those worries by the time training camp opens and separate himself from lesser known commodities.