Danny Amendola's Historic Performance Makes Him Must-Add for Fantasy Players

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 17, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Wide receiver Danny Amendola #16  of the St. Louis Rams enters the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Coming into Week 2, Danny Amendola was owned in 16.4 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues. After waiver claims are processed this week, he should be owned in 100 percent.

At the very least, he should be owned in 100 percent of leagues where you get a point, a cookie, a handshake, an anything for each reception. 

Because Danny "The Manny" Amendola is an absolute PPR monster.

The diminutive slot receiver has always been seen as a commodity in those special leagues that reward smart, zone-finding ball-catchers, especially after his out-of-nowhere 85-catch, 689-yard 2010 season. 

That year, which was just Amendola's second in the NFL, was his first with then-rookie Sam Bradford. It only made sense that as the duo, which was already so comfortable together, continued to grow and work with one another, it would become even more productive and even more fantasy friendly. 

2011, with Josh McDaniels at the helm, was going to be too wonderful for words.

Or not. 

After pulling in five catches for 45 yards in the first game of the season, Amendola went down for the rest of the season with a sprained elbow. Without his favorite target and because of his own injury problems, Bradford never took the step forward he was supposed to take, either.

Now, with everyone healthy and McDaniels back out of town, Bradford and Amendola are the "guys who were supposed to be good last year but got injured and now we all forgot about them but they are actually still good."

You know those guys. The post-injury sleeper. There's at least one that you forget about every year. 

Bradford and Amendola are still breakout candidates, just a year too late.

And if you don't have the sneaky wide receiver already, you might be a week too late. 

The pride of The Woodlands, Texas, got the season started off on the right foot last week with 70 yards on five catches, and I think it's safe to say he continued in that positive direction on Sunday afternoon.

Amendola tied an NFL record with 12 first-half catches as he went on to tally 160 yards and one touchdown on 15 catches.


The comparisons to another former Texas Tech receiver, Wes Welker, are certainly coming, and I can't say I'll disagree with those. 

In fact, with Amendola seeing double-digit targets as Sam Bradford's favorite target and likely at least six-to-eight catches every Sunday (believe me, it's happening), and with Welker's use in New England's offense taking a step back, don't be surprised if the youngster produces just as well as the veteran in 2012.

Yeah, I said it.