Danny Amendola: Rams WR Should Be Owned in All Leagues

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 26, 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 owned in 53 percent of Yahoo! leagues 40.5 percent of ESPN leagues. Combine those numbers and then you'll have where his ownership number should truly stand. 

The Amendola of Rock-and-Rolla has been out since dislocating his clavicle in Week 5, but he unexpectedly returned to practice this week (via insidestl.com's Howard Balzer):

WR Danny Amendola limited again today, but Jeff Fisher says "he practiced better today." TE Mike McNeill (knee) added to report; was limited

— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) October 25, 2012

Now, I'm not exactly sure what's in the water over there in London (which is where the Rams are preparing to play the Patriots this week), but if it's helping people return from seven-week injuries in less than three, then I'm all in. 

For the record, it sounds like Amendola's chances of playing on Sunday are very low, but at this rate, it would be incredibly surprising if he didn't return in Week 10 after St. Louis' bye. 

That means there's a good chance that a player who will give you eight games of PPR mastery, 80 yards per game and a few touchdowns currently resides on your free-agency wire.

Honestly, I'm not even sure why you're still reading this. I'll wait while you go pick him up.

Seriously. Do it.

Ok, now that you're back, you are currently the proud owner of Danny Amendola, which means you don't need any more reasons to pick him up. Instead, I'll just boost your ego for a little bit.

You just got Danny "Freaking" Amendola, a guy you probably coveted—hard—a month ago. For free. Congratulations.

Through four-and-a-half games this season, he's seen 49 targets (just over 10 per game) and pulled in 32 of those (7.1 catches per game) for 395 yards (87.8 per game) and two touchdowns. 

He's without a doubt Sam Bradford's favorite weapon, and considering the ever-improving quarterback is currently throwing to Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens (who haven't been bad, but aren't near the quality of Amendola), he'll be his best friend when he comes back, too. 

He's had two brutal injuries over the past two years, but both have been freak injuries, and, as he's currently proving, he's a tough dude who will play if at all possible.

Additionally, St. Louis' remaining schedule, which has San Francisco twice, the New York Jets, Arizona, Minnesota and Seattle still left on it, isn't what you would call soft. But as Amendola proved against the Bears and Seahawks earlier in the season, he's a must-start against any team. 

Essentially, you now own a player who is in the perfect situation to be a WR2 in standard leagues and has the potential to be a WR1 in PPR leagues. Meanwhile, your league-mates are deciding who they should pick up between Santana Moss and Jeremy Kerley. 

You're welcome.