Danny Amendola: Return of Rams' No. 1 WR Means Another Fantasy Stud Is Available

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 11, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  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 isn't a household name—unless your household has an avid fantasy football owner in it. When he's healthy, he is a high-production receiver, and per Fox Sports, Amendola will play on Sunday.

Our @jayglazer says LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, Ahmad Bradshaw & Danny Amendola will play today #NFLSUNDAY

— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) November 11, 2012

Amendola had been limited in practices through the week, but he appears ready to play for the first time since Oct. 4.

He missed all but one game in 2011, but in 2009 and 2010, Amendola averaged 64 receptions per season—that includes 85 catches in 2010. Before he suffered a broken collarbone this season, he had 32 receptions in just five games.

He had already produced a monster performance against the Redskins on Sept. 16. He tallied 15 receptions for 160 yards in that game. It was his only 100-yard game this season, but his numbers were still respectable leading into the injury.

Sam Bradford loves Amendola.

He was targeting him just under 10 times per game this season. The connections were going for more yards per catch than Amendola has had in his career. The 12.3 yards per catch has to make fantasy owners drool.

Amendola's return could be a major boon to an owner with a major void at receiver. I wouldn't necessarily dump a player who has been producing 10 to 15 points consistently. A collarbone injury is significant, so you will have to be sure that Amendola will play at the level he did before he was hurt.

He is an excellent option for an owner who has dead weight on his team. As long as Amendola doesn't experience any physical setbacks in Week 11 or 12, you'd have to expect he will return to form for the stretch run.

As leagues get closer to the fantasy football playoffs, teams need all the weapons they can get. 

Amendola could be the difference if you're in a tightly contested league.


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