Danny Amendola: Fantasy Owners Should Start Rams WR If Healthy

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 12, 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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St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola was limited in practice on Wednesday with a foot injury, according to the Rams' official Twitter account.

Fantasy owners should start him against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday if he's healthy.

There are a number of reasons why this may not seem like such a good idea.

First of all, Amendola may not be 100 percent come Sunday, which always makes a player's potential impact sketchy. Secondly, the Vikings have allowed 6.8 yards per pass attempt this season (10th in the NFL) and just held Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to 5.9 yards per attempt with one touchdown and two interceptions.

But while the Vikings limited Cutler last week, they still had trouble with receivers Brandon Marshall (160 yards, touchdown) and Alshon Jeffery (57 yards, touchdown). They certainly aren't invincible through the air.

But regardless of the Vikings' pass defense, Amendola will always be a threat on Sunday; the guy's a warrior.

You may remember what Amendola did in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers after missing a month due to a shoulder injury. In case you don't recall, the fourth-year pro caught 11 of the 12 balls thrown his way for 102 yards in the 24-24 tie.

Amendola has also had some big games at home this season. He caught 15 of the 16 balls thrown his way for 160 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins. He also caught six balls for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.

There's also the fact that the Rams still have a mathematical shot of making the playoffs, no matter how dismal a chance they have practically. Amendola has proven to be the utmost competitor throughout his career and you can bet he'll be revved up if he can take the field this week.

Amendola has learned to make the most of his opportunities this season. If given the opportunity against the Vikings on Sunday, expect him to make fantasy owners happy.


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