SleepersAugust 17, 2011


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Sleeper Watch

By Michael Hawes

Danny Amendola has lost some of his luster due to a couple of hot ticket rookies being drafted in Salas and Pettis, and a general confusion about the Rams receiving corps in general. He was also generally overlooked because he didn’t put up the huge yardage and touchdown totals that would be noticed in all styles of leagues. Those of us in PPR leagues certainly had him on our radar (and hopefully rosters) in 2010 as a little WR3 gem from the waiver wire.

He ended up starting 2011 as a 13th round pick in most mocks after putting up a very solid 2010 of 85/689/3 while only starting six games. This earned him the 49th best WR ranking in a regular format, but here is the kicker: in a PPR league, he wound up as the 30th best WR in 2010. He managed this as a second year player with a rookie QB at the helm, and this is magic Year 3 for Amendola.

The reports coming out of camp all point to Amendola not only keeping his roster spot but increasing his roll as Bradford’s favorite target. He is running crisper routes, catching everything thrown at him and earning the respect and confidence of his QB and coaches. Add to this offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the guy who made Brandon Lloyd a superstar and made Wes Welker a household name, and Amendola can’t be in a better mindset to produce huge numbers. He needs to work on his run after the catch ability, as his 8.1 yards per reception, well, sucked last year. Most people in St. Louis are already on the Amendola bandwagon, with beat reporters and coaches predicting a 100-catch season for him as early as last June.

He is currently going off the board as the WR48 in the late 10th. The secret is out on him in the fantasy community though as he has moved from being taken in the 13th round in June up to his current ADP of 10.11. A few posters here at the Cafe have convinced me he is not a one-hit wonder and that he will increase his stat line in 2011; I don’t think a 100-catch season amassing 950 yards and six touchdowns is out of the question. These totals would have had him as the 13th best WR in a PPR format ahead of such big name players as Miles Austin, Wes Welker and DeSean Jackson. Take a gamble on him in the ninth before someone else scoops him on you. I think I would take him in the eighth and be thrilled with him as a WR3/4.

 
Michael Hawes is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. Nearly 20 years of FF, had to have learned something in that time. You can catch up with Michael in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of bungle613.
 
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