Danny Amendola: Updated Fantasy Football Profile, Outlook and Analysis for Rams

Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams avoided a tackle attempt by DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners need to quickly become acquainted with St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, because his Week 2 performance was no fluke.

His 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins may have been reminiscent of Dallas Cowboys wideout Kevin Ogletree's similar breakout performance from a week prior, but these are two vastly different situations.

Amendola should be a viable fantasy option looking forward. Let's break down his fantasy profile, outlook and analysis.



Amendola joined the Rams roster in 2009 after a prolific career at Texas Tech. His rookie season saw him catch 43 passes for 326 yards and one touchdown. 

2010 was when Amendola really showcased his skill at the NFL level. He caught 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns. His career was clearly on the upswing and Amendola was developing nice chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford.

After suffering an injury that kept him out for most of the 2011 season, Amendola is now healthy and the top receiving target in the Rams young offense.

He has a small but shifty 5'11", 188-pound frame and has no fear of going over the middle for tough catches.

Amendola is never the biggest or the fastest WR on the field, but he catches a high percentage of passes and is a reliable target.



Amendola may be hard pressed to catch 15 passes every week, but he should be a solid WR2 or WR3 fantasy option for the rest of the season.

Bradford has targeted Amendola 25 times already this year, the second-most targets in all of football. 

And the fact that starting running back Steven Jackson is battling a groin injury means there should be a higher dependence on the passing game moving forward.

This should be encouraging fantasy-wise, as should the fact that the Rams' continued struggles will mean constant playing from behind, and more need to throw the football and play catch-up.

More prudently, the Rams play the 21st ranked Chicago Bears pass defense in Week 3, so Amendola will have an inviting matchup for new fantasy owners to try him out.



Amendola is the type of sleeper receiver that can pay constant dividends throughout the season. He is going to be a favorite target of Bradford in every game, and with a limited number of other quality options on St. Louis' depth chart, there is little reason to believe he won't be productive.

Don't put Amendola on your bench and wait to see if he keeps up his success before inserting him into your starting lineup.

He is going to receive double-digit targets every game and will find holes in defenses. 

At least 800 yards and six or seven touchdowns is a modest prediction for Amendola this season if he stays healthy.

Feel comfortable adding him to your roster and starting him if he is still somehow available.