St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola has fantasy football owners salivating after his performance against the Washington Redskins in Week 2, but he will not be as prolific in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears.
Against the Redskins, quarterback Sam Bradford targeted Amendola with 16 of his 35 pass attempts. The 26-year-old caught 15 of those throws for 160 yards and a touchdown.
This performance has Amendola’s fantasy owners hoping that he will equal or surpass his production from the 2010 season. Two years ago, Bradford was a rookie and used Amendola as his safety blanket.
In 2010, Amendola was targeted 123 times, which ranked 20th among wide receivers. He pulled in 85 catches, which ranked ninth.
However, he scored only three touchdowns that season and averaged just 8.1 yards per catch, which ranked 128th in the NFL.
St. Louis is not a significantly better offensive team than it was two years ago. It is certainly possible that Amendola will rack up receptions, but it is unlikely that he continues to post impressive yardage statistics or score touchdowns.
It is even more improbable that Amendola does so against a Chicago defense that has been impressive through its first two games. The Bears intercepted three of Andrew Luck’s passes in Week 1 and held Aaron Rodgers to an 85.3 quarterback rating in their next game.
Is Danny Amendola a viable fantasy starter?
Chicago’s Cover 2 defense will severely limit the potential for big plays. Amendola will likely be held to an unimpressive yardage total, and the Bears will keep him out of the end zone.
Still, Bradford will continue to look Amendola’s way frequently as he has few other quality options in the passing game. The St. Louis QB threw to Steve Smith just five times and targeted Brandon Gibson on four passes.
Against the Bears, expect Bradford to throw to Amendola at least 10 times. The wideout will catch the majority of the passes thrown to him and nine receptions is a realistic estimate for him.
However, Amendola will not get behind the Chicago defensive backs and he will be limited to 65 yards or fewer. He will not score a touchdown.
If you own him in a points-per-reception league, then he is a viable player to start. In standard scoring leagues, he should only be used in attractive matchups.