2014 Fantasy Football: Top Five Patriots To Draft

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Dec 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver

Danny Amendola

(80) pulls away from Baltimore Ravens safety

James Ihedigbo

(32) following his catch at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

4. Danny Amendola

I know that Amendola really disappointed last year in terms of statistics, but I think he can bounce back in 2014, stay healthy, and turn in a monster year. I personally thought that Amendola played well last year, all things considered. Obviously in terms of numbers he was a flop (54 receptions, 633 yards, two touchdowns), but he played much better than everybody gave him credit for. First of all, he was injured for the majority of the year, and despite that, he played through it, and tried to put forth a productive campaign. And secondly, he was open a lot. But for some reason, probably trust issues, Tom Brady did not throw him the ball when he should have. There were plenty of times throughout the year where I saw an open Amendola, but Brady decided to go in a different direction. Assuming he can stay healthy (which is a big if), I don’t think that will happen this year. The Pats beat reporters have been saying that Amendola looks incredibly quick, and impossible to guard thus far in OTA’s, which makes me think he is motivated to turn in a big year.