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The Lions have added wide receiver Danny Amendola, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and most recently the Miami Dolphins, signing him to a one-year contract worth roughly $5 million. The receiver reunites with general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, who were both part of the Patriots franchise during Amendola's tenure there. 

While the Lions have a crowded wide receiver room, including the likes of ​Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, there is still meat on the bone for a team that has averaged nearly 4,500 passing yards over the last eight seasons. Quarterback ​Matthew Stafford has thrown at least 555 passes in each of the last eight seasons as well.


The Lions also run three wide receiver sets more than 60 percent of the time, so Amendola will see plenty of snaps. With the Lions current roster construction, it's likely that Amendola sees around a 15-percent target share in this offense. That would put him somewhere between 80-85 targets with Stafford throwing his usual 550 passes in a season.

Based on his career catch rate and average yards per reception, Amendola should be good for around 60 catches and 600 yards, making him a low-end WR3 in standard scoring leagues with a slight bump up in PPR leagues. He has never done much in the touchdown department, with a career high of just four TDs in a single season.


While the Lions seem to be shifting to more of a run-heavy offense, based on last year's moves, we can still project a stat line of 60/600/3, which would put Amendola at 138 fantasy points in PPR leagues, good enough for WR50 in 2018. Amendola is a late-round draft option for fantasy teams, with the biggest boost to his fantasy stock being the QB throwing him the ball.


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