What Danny Amendola's Return Means for Rams' Offense, Fantasy Owners

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystNovember 6, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates with tight end Matthew Mulligan #82 of the St. Louis Rams after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on September 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams Beat the Seahawks 19-13. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams may once again be mired in last place in the NFC West, but the team has already won more games in 2012 than it did all of last season, and as the Rams come out of their bye and prepare for an NFC West showdown with the San Francisco 49ers it appears that their top receiving threat could be ready to return to action.

Third-year wide receiver Danny Amendola, who had 32 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns before injuring his shoulder in Week 5, is on track to take the field well ahead of schedule according to Nick Wagoner of the Rams' website.

“Absolutely, I have been waiting three weeks too many so I am ready to get back,” Amendola said.  “I am just ready to get back. I had a couple good weeks of work, limited of course but I feel really good and I am ready to get back out there.”

Given that Amendola's injury, which could have been life-threatening given the fashion in which his shoulder separated, was originally assigned an eight-week recovery time his rapid recovery is a welcome surprise for both the Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford, who gets his favorite target in the passing game back.

This is welcome news for fantasy owners as well, whether it's those that were patient and weathered the storm with Amendola or ones who scooped him up off the waiver wire in the past week or two hoping that he would return ahead of schedule.

Granted, it may not be the best idea to insert Amendola into starting lineups right away, especially in a matchup with the stingy San Francisco defense, which has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.

However, Amendola ranked well within the top 10 players at his position in PPR leagues through the first four weeks of the season and has a very favorable schedule for the fantasy playoffs that includes matchups with the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both of whom have been very kind to wideouts from a fantasy perspective.

Thst's the kind of late-season push that can make the difference between one and done and a championship come the fantasy postseason.