Danny Amendola: Don't Give Up Hope on Rams WR Just Yet

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 29, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams stands on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Carindals 31-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ooh child, things are gonna get easier. Ooh child, things will get brighter. 

That may be hard to believe if your fantasy hopes are relying on Danny Amendola. According to Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans, the news surrounding the St. Louis Rams' WR is melancholy at best:

Danny Amendola once again in a walking boot. Barely saw field last week. Completely untrustworthy in Week 13. Seek alternatives.

— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) November 29, 2012

But as the The Five Stairsteps would say, "some day, yeah, we'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun."

If you're wondering where exactly I'm going with this, well then that makes two of us. 

Amendola is obviously expendable if you have no other wide receiver this week, and he's becoming hard to trust because he keeps doing his best Ryan Mathews impression (read: injury prone), but the potential reward is just too high to let go.

Things will—or at the very least, can—get better.

After Amendola likely delivers a goose egg this week, most fantasy leagues will enter the playoffs, which cover Week 14, 15 and 16.

Consider the Rams' schedule during those weeks.

First they get the Buffalo Bills, who are giving up 7.3 yards per pass (19th in the NFL) and have allowed 20 passing touchdowns (24th). Then the Vikings, who aren't a walkover, but Amendola has torched good defenses before. Finally, during fantasy championship week, the Rams face the vaunted Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary, which is giving up a generous 8.4 yards per pass (31st in the NFL). 

For any ol' receiver, that's a favorable schedule.

For Amendola, who is literally—yes, I know what literally means—impossible to cover out of the slot when healthy, that's a schedule that is going to win a whole heap of fantasy championships.

Again, that relies on the Amendola of Rock 'n Rolla being healthy, which is far from a certainty at this point. But if you have someone on your bench that represents even the tiniest prospect of being a key contributor in the fantasy playoffs, you don't drop him.

If you're in a 72-team league or have no bench spots, of course you have to drop the slippery wide receiver if you need a win this week. 

But once the playoffs roll around, Amendola will reward those who stayed true through the tough times.