Posted: 10:29 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
By James Brady
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola had a solid game on Sunday. He caught four receptions for 55 yards, which is under what the team wants him to produce, but good given that he's been out with a serious groin injury since leaving the team's Week 1 game.
Still, Amendola was limited in various ways on Sunday. First, he was mostly in on three- and four-receiver sets for the game. Second, he played on just 39 offensive snaps in his return, despite being one of the top two receivers on the depth chart.
It's unlikely that the Patriots always intended to keep Amendola's snap count low. He carries the "injury-prone" label, and after missing three games, it makes sense to be cautious. However, no setbacks were reported, so he looks good to go going forward.
Fantasy Impact: Amendola returned and didn't get hurt, which is about as much as fantasy owners hoped for. Still, he didn't put up huge numbers, and that's due to the fact that his snap count was kept done. Amendola needs to be in on more than 39 offensive plays per game if he's to be a viable fantasy option. Fortunately, his snap count seems likely to increase if he continues to practice heading into the next game and he suffers no setbacks.