Danny Amendola Injury: Best Replacements for Your Fantasy Team
In Thursday night's game between the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals, wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered a sternoclavicular joint separation, which will most likely sideline the leading Rams receiver at least six weeks.
For fantasy owners this news is heartbreaking. Amendola has been the seventh-best wide receiver this season in standard PPR leagues.
How do you replace a guy with such great production five weeks into the season?
You try to make a trade.
However, if you are the unlucky owner whose team has been plagued with injury or seriously under-producing players and don’t have the pieces to give up for another premier receiver, head straight on down to your league’s waiver wire and pick up one of these four replacement players to fill the void.
Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins
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The second-year pro out of Miami has proved that he can play alongside Pierre Garcon and still be fantasy worthy.
With Garcon healthy and back in the starting lineup, he draws most of the attention.
As the second option, Leonard Hankerson will now have a better opportunity to make an impact on the game.
Against Tampa Bay, Hankerson led all Redskins receivers with 11 targets, in which he hauled in seven for 57 yards.
His size and uncanny ability to get open will help Hankerson as his role increases over the course of the season.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
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As Brian Hartline’s numbers begin to rise in Miami, so will Davone Bess’ fantasy value.
As all the attention is taken by Hartline, Bess should find the open field easily against teams' number two corners and have great production.
Last Sunday against Arizona, Brian Hartline took off. As he started to get more and more looks from Ryan Tannehill, the Cardinals' defense began to switch their attention, leaving Bess wide open.
His 32 targets rank him within the top 12 in the AFC.
Bess is the only receiver among the top 35 who is most likely still available. Right now Bess is only owned in 8.3 percent of fantasy leagues.
Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
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With Jets' leading receiver Santonio Holmes out for the season with a foot injury, Jeremy Kerley will be counted upon to step up and fill the gap Holmes has left.
After scoring a touchdown in the first game of the season, Kerley fell off as Holmes emerged in the past three games. During that stretch Kerley only managed to grab six receptions and one touchdown.
Taking over the number one starter role for the Jets, Kerley is still available in over 70 percent of leagues.
The talented second-year player out of Texas Christian University has the opportunity to leave his mark on the 2012 NFL season and everything points to a huge jump in production.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
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Kendall Wright had a chance to shine last weekend in the absence of Kenny Britt, but he did not impress.
His 11-yard touchdown in garbage time was one of just four receptions for 46 yards and he had three dropped passes.
However, Kendall Wright has shown bursts of the potential we expected to see this year. Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck have shown that they like to get Wright the ball. It's just a matter of making the most out of his opportunities. If he can hold on to the ball, he could be a top-10 receiver in the AFC.
Wright has been targeted over 30 times this season already, and with Britt’s nagging foot injury, that should not change for a little while. If Wright works out his rookie season nerves, he can give your fantasy team a lot of unexpected value.