Danny Amendola: Rams WR Must Be Owned in All Fantasy Football Formats

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 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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Danny Amendola is who we thought he was. It's just taken him an extra year to prove it.

Last year, everybody was convinced that Amendola was going to be a great fantasy play, a sleeper Wes Welker for Sam Bradford. That was ruined when Amendola dislocated his elbow, of course, leaving Amendola to fall through the cracks this season.

Now, he's available in 80.8 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues. With 27.2 fantasy points after two weeks, Amendola is a must-add for your fantasy team.

The best indication for Amendola's value is that he has been targeted by Sam Bradford 25 times this season. That's more than the rest of the St. Louis wide receivers combined.

And it has certainly helped that Sam Bradford has started to look like a top overall pick again this year, throwing for 508 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception. He's also completing an outstanding 71.7 percent of his passes.

Amendola was fantastic against the Redskins, catching 15 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. As ESPN Stats and Information noted, his performance put him in rarefied air:

12 Rec, 133 Yds in the 1st half... That's the most receptions in the 1st half since Reggie Wayne also had 12 in Week 17 in 2007 against the Titans.

15 Rec, tied for 2nd-most in franchise history and the most by a Rams player since Isaac Bruce had 15 on December 24, 1995 against the Dolphins. Hall of Famer Tom Fears holds the franchise record.

Now, nobody is saying Amendola will score 20 fantasy points a week. That level of production isn't sustainable. But is it really that much of a stretch to project him as an 8-12 point score each week?

I don't think so. He's obviously Bradford's favorite target, the new style of offense the Rams are playing suits him and his combination of quickness, toughness and excellent hands ensure he is more than just a flash in the pan.

Plus, in PPR leagues he should be a beast for your team. 

So yes, Amendola is who we thought he was. So go claim him on your waiver immediately. If you don't, somebody else will. 


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