Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams, 1.5% owned
The second year wide-out from Texas Tech has a bit of a perfect storm brewing for his production this week. First and foremost, the Rams are taking on the Oakland Raiders this Sunday, the same opponent that was only able to force four incompletions on Vince Young– a quarterback not widely applauded for his accuracy. Secondly, Amendola’s teammate, Mark Clayton is coming off a huge debut in a Rams uniform, having torched the Cardinals for 10 catches and 119 yards. This is my favorite stat to highlight, because as everyone knows, Oakland’s secondary features an all-universe corner in Nnamdi Asomugha. Clayton’s strong debut almost certainly locks up pregame planning duty, as the Raiders will be intent on making sure he doesn’t repeat his double-digit catch performance. Between Clayton and St. Louis’ actual number one receiver, Laurent Robinson, Amendola should be far enough away from the Asomugha spotlight to get some serious looks coming across the middle of the field. Lastly, it would appear based on Sam Bradford’s 55 pass-attempt game last week, the St. Louis coaching staff is content on letting Bradford learn by doing, which bodes well for all receivers on the field. If you happen to be in a league that rewards return-men for special teams scores, all the better, as it would appear Amendola has locked up the return job for the Rams. Given the fact that Nnamdi’s assignments rarely see the ball come their way, Amendola should be the constant beneficiary of being covered by “the other guys”, and could be on the verge of a double-digit reception game of his own.
Projected stat line: 10 receptions, 98 yards
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