Vikings vs. Rams: Is Danny Amendola fantasy football material or a "probable" decoy?

Christian Petersen

Will the St. Louis Rams pass to their newly "probable" No. 1 wide receiver, or is he a decoy designed to free Chris Givens? It could be a little of both.

Even more than his fantasy football owners, the St. Louis Rams need Danny Amendola. As good as it's been to watch Sam Bradford and Chris Givens develop a rapport that could mean big things for years, they were a second-half Brandon Gibson explosion away from the Buffalo Bills completely stifling the offense, thanks to a vice-grip on Givens (who caught just three balls in 10 targets) and Steven Jackson. Amendola might be experienced enough in being an offense's only target to convert third downs and move the team upfield, but Givens can't keep going it alone. With Amendola upgraded to probable, he's likely to make a difference against the Vikings. But will it be a fantasy difference?

Amendola's mere presence, after all, will help free Chris Givens so long as he looks like a credible-enough threat when he's in for a snap. And since he caught a 38-yard bomb in his seven snaps against the Arizona Cardinals, just a week after injuring his foot, that seems as probable as his injury status. But it's hard to say, now, whether he's healthy enough to play full time, or whether his foot is solid enough to ensure he gets the kind of looks he usually would from Bradford.

For the Rams that's not as important as his ability to play at all--to keep defenses from collapsing on Givens and leaving Steve Smith to do snow angels on the turf. For fantasy football players--well, as always, it's a bit of a gamble.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.