Danny Amendola Is the Ultimate Fantasy Football Sleeper in 2012

J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IJuly 3, 2012

After a pedestrian 2009 rookie season that saw the St. Louis Rams' Danny Amendola play in 14 games, he exploded onto the NFL scene in 2010 as one of the NFL's elite up-and-coming slot receivers.

After posting 85 receptions for nearly 700 yards, St. Louis had high hopes for an extremely productive 2011 season from Amendola.

Disaster struck, however, when Amendola dislocated his elbow in Week 1. 

Thankfully, it was not a knee injury, so Amendola should not have lost a step. He'll be back at 100 percent to start the year and currently sits at the top of St. Louis' depth chart as the No. 2 receiver.

Like Wes Welker in New England, who coincidentally went to the same college (Texas Tech), Amendola should be a huge asset to St. Louis' developing offense. His sure hands and crisp route running will enable him to be open for QB Sam Bradford when others would not be. He should be the first option on intermediate routes and draw one-on-one coverage on most others.

With Brandon Gibson, Brian Quick and Steve Smith spreading the field, Amendola should be able to find and settle into holes in opposing coverage all season, setting him up for a potential 75-to-80-catch, 900-yard season.

He'll be off most radars on fantasy draft day, but when the late rounds start and the pickings are slim, keep one eye on him, as he would be a steal who could find a permanent place on your roster as a flex option and possibly as a No. 2 in a PPR format.