Week 9 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: WR Danny Amendola
It is no secret that the New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady have struggled this season. Brady has had problems moving the ball all year and his stat line (9TDs/6 INTs) has easily been the worst fantasy football performance of his career.
Brady has been sporadic with his throws and has simply not been on the same page with his wideouts this season. Luckily, Brady just got TE Rob Gronkowski back a couple weeks and the duo has instantly picked up where they left off. Probably the most underrated addition to Brady’s receiving core in recent weeks has been the return of WR Danny Amendola.
Amendola has missed numerous games with a groin injury, and most recently with a concussion. He was drafted as a number top-20 wideout in most formats this summer, but the fact that he has been injured so often has caused several owners to simply cut ties with the popular slot wideout. He is finally healthy, though, and the veteran should start having some big games in Foxboro.
Amendola saw a team-high six targets last weekend versus the Miami Dolphins. He only finished with three catches for 15 yards, but it was his first game back since he suffered an ugly concussion and he oviously wasn’t game-ready.
The extra week of practice and conditioning will help Amendola get his legs underneath him. New England plays a stout Pittsburgh Steelers‘ defense this weekend, but Amendola is a matchup nightmare anytime he is on the field. He is impossible to cover for an entire game and always seems to find space.
In New England’s first game of the season, for instance, Amendola hauled in 10 balls for 104 yards against the Buffalo Bills. It was the wideout’s best game of the season and it is no a coincidence that this was the last time that he was completely healthy. He should enjoy a rather productive second half of the season if he can stay off the injury report.
Look for Amendola to haul in around six balls this weekend for 70-80 yards. The wideout is finally worth a flex start in deeper formats and will be a great dark horse sleeper to take a shot on in Week 9.