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Fantasy Football Rankings: Danny Amendola Hopes You Earn Points For Receptions

The St. Louis Rams don't have a lot of players top represent them in 2012's fantasy football rankings.

Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams tries to outrun the tackle of Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions.
Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams tries to outrun the tackle of Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions.

After you see Steven Jackson on the venerable FFToolbox's fantasy football rankings Top 200—he checks in at No. 23—you have to go another two pages to find the next member of the 2012 St. Louis Rams. He's a wide receiver, oddly enough, and he appeared in all of one game last year: It's Danny Amendola, the low-upside security blanket onto which Sam Bradford (and Pat Shurmur) glommed back in 2010. I don't doubt that Amendola, in a wide receiving corps composed otherwise of rookies and reclamation projects, will get a lot of receptions again in 2012, but I do hope that anyone who drafts him is playing in a league in which they get credit for each individual reception.

If you don't—well, there isn't much else there. The Rams are famously touchdown averse, and Amendola averaged a startlingly low 8.1 yards per reception in his big 85-reception season. Brian Schottenheimer probably won't be as conservative as Shurmur, but I wouldn't expect much more than that from Amendola, who competes more with Steven Jackson than he does the other wide receivers.

If you're wondering about whether it gets worse from there—well, yes, it does. The Rams' next player on the list is Danario Alexander, No. 150 overall, who might not even make the team.