Injuries are nothing new for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola and Week 13 will be no different as the 27-year-old's status for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers is up in the air.
UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 11:53 a.m. ET
Rams inactives: QBDavis, LB Haggan, WR Amendola, T Barksdale, RB Ganaway, OLWilliams & DTConrath.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 2, 2012
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Let's take a look at some top targets that owners can scoop up off the waiver wire to replace Amendola.
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
Alexander has quietly become the Chargers' top receiver over the course of the past four weeks and as long as he remains healthy, he should continue to be Phillip Rivers' top target.
The 24-year-old has notched three touchdowns in the past three weeks and has gained 96 yards or more in two of those games. Clearly Alexander is always a threat to gain solid yardage and get into the end zone on a weekly basis.
Alexander also proved he has big-play ability after an 80-yard touchdown score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just a few weeks ago.
San Diego will be going up against the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 8-ranked pass defense this week, but that shouldn't stop Alexander from putting up some points in fantasy. After all, Alexander put up great numbers in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos' superior pass defense.
Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Believe it or not, Garcon might still be available in some fantasy leagues. It's been an injury-plagued season for the No. 1 wideout and that has made him a forgotten commodity in the minds of fantasy owners.
Garcon finally looks to be about as healthy as he's been all season long and a strong showing against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving certainly proved that. The Redskins receiver caught four passes for 86 yards and even got into the end zone against a tough Cowboys pass defense.
Washington will be going up against the New York Giants in Week 13 and the G-Men are currently ranked No. 25 in the NFL against the pass. On top of that, Corey Webster is the team's No. 1 cornerback and has been abused by opposing receivers for the entirety of 2012.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders
Heyward-Bey had a rough Week 12 against the Bengals, but so did the entire Raiders team. His reception-less performance might make him available in fantasy leagues, so he's certainly worth a look.
Things figure to be different this week as the Raiders take on the Cleveland Browns and their pass defense, which is ranked No. 21 in the NFL. This week's assignment will be far easier for Heyward-Bey and the Raiders' passing attack.
Heyward-Bey has only notched three touchdowns this season, but he also hasn't been fully healthy for quite some time. But for this week, Heyward-Bey appears to be in good shape and in better health than he's been all season, so this could be the breakout week that fantasy owners are hoping for.
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