No one is more excited to have wide receiver Danny Amendola back than quarterback Sam Bradford. The St. Louis Rams‘ QB developed quite a relationship with Amendola in 2010; the two hooked up 85 times for nearly 700 yards. Amendola was also the main return man for St. Louis and led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,364.
Bradford’s go-to guy didn’t make it out of the Rams’ season opening last season however, as Amendola severely hyperextended his left elbow which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. He was placed on Injured Reserve after needing season-ending triceps surgery. He caught 5 receptions for 45 yards before the injury.
Fast forward to 2012, the undersized Amendola shouldn’t have to worry about earning a spot in the wide receiver core considering his rise as one of the best up-and-coming slot receivers in the NFL in 2010. In this years draft, the Rams did select WR Brian Quick in the second round and Chris Givens in the fourth, along with signing veteran free agent Steve Smith. Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, and second year players Greg Salas and Austin Pettis are also in the mix. Hopefully they’ll have enough outside to spread the field for Amendola, who ranked among the NFLs best in third-down receptions his last full season.
Amendola has often been compared to Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, who coincidentally went to the same college (Texas Tech). Amendola will likely be under the radar on most fantasy draft days, but if he happens to still be on the board in the later rounds when it becomes slim pickings, you would be crazy not to pick him up because he could very well be the best of the 2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers.
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