Ranking the Top Fantasy Replacements for Danny Amendola in Week 12
After a resurgent effort against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, St. Louis Rams wideout Danny Amendola is back on the injury report.
He hurt his foot against the New York Jets, and according to Rotoworld.com, he's doubtful for the team's tilt with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
If you were ready to re-insert the speedy slot target into your fantasy lineup, here are five possible replacements.
(Rams wideouts Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson are the obvious replacement choices, but with the sporadic play of Sam Bradford and the St. Louis offensive line, let's look at a few other players that will give you better chances at victory in Week 12.)
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Reece is listed as a running back, but if you were planning on sticking Amendola in the flex spot, get the Oakland Raiders stud in that position this weekend.
Almost as importantly, he caught four passes for 90 yards.
Reece has totaled 19 receptions over the last three games for 241 yards.
He's extremely versatile, and at 6'1'' and 255 pounds, the former Washington Husky is a matchup nightmare coming out of the backfield.
Start Reece against the Cincinnati Bengals, especially if you're in a PPR league.
Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Chad Henne under center, all of a sudden, the Jacksonville Jaguars offense isn't toxic from a fantasy perspective.
The club went for 458 total yards against the Houston Texans in Week 11, and Cecil Shorts had three grabs for 81 yards and a touchdown.
He is still only a WR No. 3 at best, mainly due to the emergence of Justin Blackmon, but with 20.1 yards per catch, Shorts clearly has explosive tendencies.
The Tennessee Titans secondary allows 266 yards per game, and after a full week of preparation with the first team, Henne should be comfortable in the pocket.
Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Antonio Brown is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup in Cleveland against the Browns.
While he could suit up, Sanders may be the safer play until Brown proves on the field that his ankle injury is behind him.
Sanders has received 14 targets and reeled in five grabs over the last two games—the most targets he's seen in a two-game stretch the entire season.
Even with the quarterback conundrum in Pittsburgh, Sanders is a decent start this week and is an ideal Amendola replacement if you're desperate.
Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
With Russell Wilson maturing in his role as the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback, the team's wide receivers are now slightly more attractive in fantasy.
Sure, no team has fewer passing yards than the Seahawks, but Golden Tate has pieced together back-to-back respectable games and is trending upward.
He has been given nine targets over the last two games and has three touchdowns to show for it.
While he won't rack up points with a bunch of receptions, Tate's recent scoring prowess makes him a relatively viable start on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
Although the Panthers have significantly underwhelmed in 2012 and Cam Newton has thoroughly disappointed, Brandon LaFell is on the rebound.
He has 15 targets over the last two weeks, and against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, he snagged five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Despite a few dud outings this season, the third-year pro from LSU carries a 16.9 yards-per-catch average, and the Philadelphia Eagles defense allows an average QB rating of 91.9.