Danny Amendola: Fantasy Owners Cannot Rely on Rams' Dynamic WR in Playoffs

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 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 Cardinals 31-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In what comes as a shock to nobody who has Danny Amendola on their fantasy squads, the explosive wide receiver's status for the St. Louis Rams' Week 14 matchup against the Buffalo Bills is up in the air, according to the team's official Twitter account:

WR Danny Amendola (foot), LB Mario Haggan (elbow) are questionable. Coach Jeff Fisher said Amendola will be a game time decision.

— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) December 7, 2012

Should the third-year receiver out of Texas Tech not be able to go, it will mark the fifth game of the season that he's missed. For those into percentages, that translates into Amendola missing nearly 40 percent of the Rams' games through the first 14 weeks of the regular season.

That's a ridiculous number for an NFL player, and it's incredibly maddening, frustrating and unacceptable for a fantasy squad.

It's not that Amendola is looking to get injured, and in no way am I going to sit here and say that there's something he could have done differently to avoid the myriad of injuries that have kept him sidelined so often.

But with it being playoff time in fantasy leagues, he's simply too risky to even consider plugging into your starting lineup, regardless of the matchup he's facing on paper.

It really is a shame, because we've seen glimpses of how productive he is when he's on the field and in a rhythm with Rams' QB Sam Bradford.

Twice this season, Amendola has eclipsed 100 yards receiving and hauled in more than 10 receptions in a game. He's finished with at least five receptions in six of the eight games in which he's played, an added bonus for those who play in points-per-reception leagues.

It would be great to have him going up against a Bills defense this week that allows more than 22 points per game to opposing wide receivers, according to ESPN.

But he can't stay healthy—and waiting until right before kickoff to set your lineup can be a dangerous game to play.

Ignore Danny Amendola at all costs for the rest of the season, for he's only going to disappoint those who think they've got a secret weapon coming off of the bench to save the day.

Better luck next year, Danny.