While many fantasy owners are hopping on the bandwagons of Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens, I have a gut feeling that the St. Louis Rams receiver to emerge as Danny Amendola's replacement will be Steve E. Smith.
Sam + Steve = fantasy points
The veteran pass-catcher's game most closely resembles Amendola's, who is recovering from a collarbone separation. The PPR machine will miss up to seven weeks, and the Rams desperately need a sure-handed chain-mover in the meantime. That's precisely where Smith's style of play fits in.
Injuries have prevented Smith from living up to his potential in recent years. He is healthy now, and actually has been scratched the past few weeks in favor of rookie Brian Quick.
What do you have to lose by adding him to your roster? Smith is available in 97 percent of leagues polled. Even if you don't have the guts to play him this week - and you could do much worse - he will be on your roster in case this plays out in your favor. I have added him in as many PPR leagues as possible.
There is a slight chance Smith will be down again this week, as he doesn't contribute on special teams, but he has the endorsement of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
"I think Steve Smith is a tremendous inside receiver. I look for him to take advantage of this opportunity."
So do I, Sam, so do I....
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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