PPR Sleeper… Amendola

2 08 2012

Some will remember that Danny Amendola had a nice season in 2010, Sam Bradford’s rookie season, where he recorded 85 catches and nearly 700 yards. But some will not, because he was injured for almost the entire 2011 season. If you are entering into a PPR draft, just keep an eye on him. He most likely will not be a highly coveted player, but if you grab him as a flyer, it’s definitely worth a look. Bradford and the Rams looked awful in 2011, he will welcome Amendola back with a healthy amount of targets this season. Word from AJ Mass of ESPN is that he is also taking the duties of punt returner. In a league that offers healthy return yardage points, this could be a bonus. And if he takes over main kickoff return duties as well, this will be an even bigger bonus. In 2010, Danny compiled over 1500 return yards.

-FFJ

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12 08 2012
Jason

Who would you draft if your league gave points to kick/punt return yards, and which round would you take them?

12 08 2012
Tom Schriner

Jason, thanks for the question!

I really like three guys going into leagues with return yardage points. Ideally you want to target players who do a bit more than just return.

1. Darren Sproles: had over 1300 return yards and a td in addition to all of the work he got out of the backfield. In a ppr league that makes him an easy late first or early second round pick.

2. Randall Cobb: he should be the main returner for the pack again this season and proved to be a potent weapon on offense at times, so I could see his role expanding. He shouldn’t be taken in most drafts but in deeper leagues he will, target him later as a flyer around round 10.

3. Devin Hester: with B. Marshall and Alshon now in town the Bears have a really nice receiving core. Which means Hester can focus on what he does best. He led the league in punt return avg and added three touchdowns to his record, so he should see most of the return work again. I don’t see him being as valuable on the offensive side of the ball, but in bye week situations in deep leagues, you could do a lot worse. His name alone will probably cause someone to reach for him but don’t be shocked if he’s dropped early, then swoop in to pick him up off waivers.

Other guys that deserve a look are McKnight for the Jets and Dexter McCluster for the Chiefs.

-FFJ

18 08 2012
Tom Schriner

Of course, it takes a special player to consider playing in your league. It’s usually only in the first couple years of any given players career that they play both returner and receiver. But it’s worth a look for bye weeks fill-ins. During the year I will definitely choose a couple return specialists to crack the top 50 in points for that week at their respective position. Stay tuned!

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