Danny Amendola: Breaking Down Injured St. Louis Rams WR's Fantasy Value

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 28, 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, the oft-injured but highly-productive St. Louis Rams wide receiver, is reportedly (according to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson) not playing in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

However, he’s still a valuable asset for fantasy teams—especially down the regular season stretch and into the playoffs.

If he’s currently on your roster, make sure you leave him there, unless space is extremely limited. Otherwise, it could be a wise time to strike a deal for the wideout.

The Rams are going into a bye week following the Pats game, and it's highly likely that the WR will be back in action shortly after the break.

Before dislocating his clavicle in a Week 5 contest vs. the Arizona Cardinals, Amendola tallied up 32 receptions for 395 yards and two touchdowns. He was clearly QB Sam Bradford’s go-to receiver, which was evident by his 49 targets.

In high-volume passing situations, which St. Louis often finds itself in due to having to play from behind, Amendola shines. His most notable performance came the Washington Redskins in Week 2. The third-year receiver had 15 receptions on 16 targets, gained 160 yards and scored a touchdown.

Because the Rams have impending matchups against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16 and Seattle Seahawks to close the season, fantasy owners will want a healthy Amendola in their starting lineup.

It’s highly likely that the Rams will be throwing against these playoff-bound teams, especially as stud RB Steven Jackson continues to break down and more carries go towards unproven Daryl Richardson. Those three matchups—which coincide with most fantasy postseasons—are against stout rush defenses with offenses that know how to put points on the board.

If the Rams are going to stay competitive, they’ll need to air it out. Amendola will be a main beneficiary of this style of play and could garner enough production to swing a playoff game in his owners’ favor.

Go take a look at the waiver wire, and immediately snag the Rams WR if he’s available. If he’s on your roster, keep him, and if an incompetent or unknowledgeable player owns him, try to swing a deal.

There’s a ton of value left in Amendola for the remainder of the season, and it would behoove you to tap into that sooner than later.