If you do not draft Danny Amendola for your 2014 fantasy football team, you are letting fear make your decisions for you.
When you think of players who are constantly injured, Darren McFadden comes to mind. McFadden has been in the league since 2008, but he has yet to complete a full season. Toe, ankle, groin and hamstring injuries have plagued him throughout his career, and McFadden can’t stay on the field. While he would be a risk in the early rounds of your draft, the 26-year-old back will not cause you harm in the eighth or ninth round. You just have to have the right expectations when drafting him.
For whatever reason, fantasy owners seem to have a difficult time understanding the usage and value of their players. If you expect your favorite musician to make the same type of music over and over again, you are going to be tremendously disappointed as they grow as artists and their circumstances change. Understanding that type of mindset is how you are going to take advantage of inexperienced players.
Amendola could get hurt the first snap of the season, but so could any other player. Just because a player has been injured or appears to have an injury history, it doesn’t mean he is going to fall to pieces the minute he takes the field. According to fantasyfootballcalculator.com, Amendola is available until the 10th round. By that point, he could be your fourth or fifth wide receiver, and you should have at least two reliable starting options by that point.
The 28-year-old receiver was signed to replace Wes Welker, but injuries prevented Amendola from being fantasy relevant or reliable in 2013. In the full seasons he played in 2011 and 2012, Welker averaged 120 receptions, 1,461 receiving yards and 7.5 touchdowns. If I can get a player who can produce numbers like that in the 10th round, you bet I am going to jump all over him. I will have my starters before then, and if Amendola produces, he will work his way into my lineup. If he doesn’t, I can just drop him and add someone else to the bench.
Don’t let an injury history scare you away from owning a potential top-10 receiver in 2014.