Fantasy football Week 13: Danny Amendola injured; Chris Givens a must-grab replacement

Norm Hall

The St. Louis Rams (and fantasy football owners in points-per-reception leagues) will only get a limited Danny Amendola on Sunday. Chris Givens is the short-term answer for both groups.

If Danny Amendola plays Sunday—and he might, despite a foot injury that leaves him doubtful for the second week running—he probably won't play much; last week the St. Louis Rams' No. 1 wide receiver took just seven snaps, and limped through all of them despite catching a pass for 38 yards. That's bad news for Amendola's fantasy football owners, who might not be able to count on him for the rest of the season; it's good news for people who have no choice but to gamble on Chris Givens, who's looking to follow up the best game of his rookie year (and Week 12 as a whole.)

Brandon Gibson, the typical Danny Amendola injury emergency pickup, might not be your best bet—last week he was targeted zero times, despite an active Sam Bradford and Amendola's limitations. The week before he caught two touchdowns, but they came on three receptions for nine yards.

Givens has his own problems; he's young, and he got off to a slow, relatively inefficient start before he began his string of weekly 50-yard receptions, only recently snapped. But he's the Rams' most dangerous receiver, with or without Amendola, and without Amendola he'll be targeted frequently enough to be a realistic fantasy football option.

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