As in any fantasy football season, there will be some disagreements on who will perform what and who will do better, ‘this guy’ or ‘that guy’. Our writers, Bill Seng and JF get to debate a few topics that will be compelling in 2011. More than ever, we encourage you to leave a comment during these point and counter point series of blogs.
The comparison I hear most for Danny Amendola in the Scott McDaniel’s offense is Wes Welker. This means Amendola is more of an extension of the running game, especially between the 20s. I like Amendola’s 2011 fantasy prospects, but in the PPR or yardage categories, not getting more than 5 touchdowns. Why? Believe it or not, all that space Steven Jackson will have in those multiple receiver sets will reinvigorate him. If he doesn’t get 7 plus touchdowns this year, he’ll never get to that number again. I also like the emergence of at least one more receiver, Brandon Gibson or Mike Sims-Walker look like able candidates and then there is that rookie tight end that is turning heads, Lance Kendricks. I’m going to go 1,100 and 4 touchdowns for Amendola. You’d still be happy with that at the flex spot though, right?
With Josh McDaniels running the offense and a year under Bradford’s belt, Amendola should be in for a huge year. Look at what Broncos quarterbacks did last year, 4,000 yards and 25 TD’s. The McDaniels offense made Brandon Lloyd into one of the best all-time waiver wire pick-ups. In 2009 Lloyd played in 2 games and had 8 receptions for 117 yards compared to his 2010 campaign of 77 receptions, 1,448 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Lloyd and Amendola are basically the same height (6’ to 5’11’’) with Lloyd having a little more speed. Amendola has a better quarterback in Bradford compared to Kyle Orton / Tim Tebow He also already has built up rapport by notching a solid 85 catch, 689 yards and 3 touchdowns in Bradford’s rookie season. I don’t think Amendola will quite put up Brandon Lloyd type numbers but I could see him getting 1,000 yards and 7 td’s this year to go along with 80 receptions.