Danny Amendola: Fantasy Owners Should Keep Rams WR on Bench

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: Yeremiah Bell #37 of the New York Jets tackles Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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I know that many of you held on to Danny Amendola for quite some time, waiting for the St. Louis Rams wide receiver to return from injury so you could slot him into your flex or throw him in as an emergency WR2.

And now I'm going and telling you to keep him on your bench, just three weeks after his return?

That's right, I am. And there are a lot of good reasons I offer this advice.

For one, it's possible he won't even play, as Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted on Sunday morning:

Rams WR Danny Amendola is doubtful and unlikely to play. However Rams want to see him in pre-game warmups before making any final decision.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2012

Given that the Rams are slated for a late afternoon game, you can't risk starting him this afternoon and keeping one of your early-game players on the bench. It's too risky.

Plus, how much do you think he'll produce even if he does play?

While the Arizona Cardinals can be taken advantage of by solid passing attacks—the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers each had three touchdowns via the wide receiver position against them—the team is fairly solid against the pass.

And the Rams don't have anywhere close to what I would call a "solid passing attack." 

Plus, Amendola would likely garner coverage from Patrick Peterson; hardly an ideal matchup for any wide receiver. And even if Amendola does play, he'll do so beat up and at less than 100 percent. The chance of re-injury is high, and he could even be thrown out there as a decoy and see limited targets and catches. 

Stop me if you're seeing any positives to starting Amendola, because I'm coming up empty trying to find a reason why any fantasy owner should have him in their lineup this week.

This is one of those cases where fantasy owners look at a team, say to themselves, "Well, if anyone is going to produce at wide receiver for the Rams, it's Amendola" and start him on that basis alone. He's alone on the dance floor, you don't have a partner and you settle for him.

But I promise you, there are better dance partners for you. Dig a little deeper, and you'll find a player on your bench or on the wire that is a better option. I know you waited a long time for Amendola only to see him injured again.

But stay patient, my friends—there will be other chances to start Amendola, I promise. It's just not this week.

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