New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is ready to return to the practice field for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 6, but don't think for a second that it's time to bring the veteran pass-catcher off your fantasy bench.
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports that Amendola has been cleared to return to practice this week, but is still waiting to hear if can he suit up for Sunday's divisional clash with the Miami Dolphins.
Either way, Amendola will be a poor fantasy play this weekend. Just ask ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell:
With the trio of Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson accounting for nearly 60 percent of Tom Brady's targets through the first seven weeks, along with Amendola averaging just 9.9 yards per reception on 16 catches this season, fantasy owners are better off taking a wait-and-see approach in Week 8.
In the video below, Bleacher Report's Josh Zerkle and Anita Marks break down a few potential replacement options at wide receiver for desperate Danny Amendola owners.
While New England's opponent this weekend, the Dolphins, haven't fared well against the pass thus far in 2013 in terms of yards allowed, they've only surrendered eight touchdowns through the air in six games.
Amendola hasn't even recorded a reception of more than 24 yards this season, let alone a touchdown.
His top fantasy performance of the year came in the season opener against Buffalo, when he recorded 104 yards on 10 receptions.
After missing three weeks with a groin injury, Amendola returned in Week 5 against Cincinnati but struggled immensely, catching four balls for 55 yards.
Before suffering a concussion in Week 6 against New Orleans, Amendola recorded two catches for zero yards. Therefore, fantasy owners should have extremely low standards for the veteran moving forward.
Both his health and numbers are clearly trending down.
Even if Amendola starts at wide receiver, there's the potential that he doesn't play the entire game given how injury-prone he's been this fall. Plus, he's out of rhythm with Tom Brady and the offense.
Like star tight end Rob Gronkowski, Amendola hasn't been on the field a whole lot this season, and as a result, he hasn't developed the necessary in-game chemistry with Brady and his fellow receivers.
His recent performances against the Bengals and Saints back that up (13 targets, six receptions, 55 yards).
There's no denying that Amendola is one of the league's more talented wide receivers and a capable fantasy option when healthy.
But with injuries becoming commonplace for the Pats receiver and his numbers decreasing each time he steps onto the field in 2013, Amendola is best suited for your bench again in Week 8.
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