Danny Amendola: Best Rams Receiving Options with Top WR Injured

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 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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Danny Amendola's injury has left fantasy owners without one of the year's top waiver wire gems, but someone on the St. Louis Rams will step up in his absence. Here's a look at the best St. Louis receiving options to pick up where No. 16 left off.


Brandon Gibson

Gibson seems like the obvious choice considering he will now likely be the team's No. 1 receiver, but he's really the only one of the corps that Bradford has looked to other than Amendola this season.

The Washington State alum has posted 13 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns on the season. The next receivers down the depth chart in Austin Pettis and Brian Quick have a combined 47 yards on four catches.

For as long as quarterback Sam Bradford has been in St. Louis he's had Gibson to throw to, so there is a sense of trust there. Gibson has recorded at least two catches in every game this season and should continue to do so at least until Amendola returns to the gridiron.


Lance Kendricks

Get this: Lance Kendricks isn't even listed as the Rams' No. 1 tight end, yet has more catches than starter Matthew Mulligan.

Mulligan has three catches and one touchdown to his name at the season's quarter mark while Kendricks has 10 for 88 yards and a touchdown of his own.

It's true that Kendricks was a huge sleeper disappointment last year with his zero touchdowns and just 28 catches, but with fewer receivers for Bradford to throw to, Kendricks could benefit nicely.

Kendricks has a big frame and could become one of Bradford's go-to safety options in the check down with Amendola out, but it's best to take a "wait and see" approach on him for now.


Steven Jackson

It's sad that the Rams wideouts are so inexperienced Kendricks and Jackson make this list, but it's a journalist's duty to speak the truth.

Jackson has just five catches out of the backfield this season, which isn't inspiring. Still, with St. Louis' biggest passing threat on the sidelines, it's going to be ol' reliable's job to pick up the slack. 

For years now, Jackson has been the only worthwhile Rams player to own in fantasy football and that's because his team's entire offense revolves around him. He's been around a long time for a running back, but the three-time Pro Bowler has never stopped being a dual-threat.

In 2011, Jackson logged nine games with at least three catches, and five with four or more to his name. Bradford knows he can rely on No. 39 to catch the ball out of the backfield and pick up a nice chunk of yards.

Jackson is a great player to have in PPR leagues and should become more valuable in other formats now that he will be more involved in the passing game as well as trucking out yards on the ground.