Danny Amendola, Dashon Goldson didn’t know game could end in tie

Danny Amendola and Dashon Goldson both admitted after their respective teams played to a 24-24 tie on Sunday that they didn’t know that outcome was possible.

Amendola, who had 11 catches for 102 yards in his first game back from injury for the St. Louis Rams, reportedly did not know the game would end after the first overtime. Here’s what SI/NBC’s Peter King reported:

The only comforting news for Amendola is that he is not alone. San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, who had eight tackles in the game, admitted his shock over the contest’s outcome.

“I didn’t know you could tie,” he said, per Cam Inman. “When I saw both sides walking onto the field, I was like, ‘Where’s everybody going?”

The only bright side is that Donovan McNabb now has some company in his dubious club. You figure after McNabb was ridiculed for admitting in 2008 that he didn’t know an Eagles-Bengals game could end in a tie that other players in the league would have taken notice, but apparently some did not. And don’t think that they were alone here either.

Danny Amendola, Donnie Avery, Martellus Bennett highlight fantasy WR/TE pickups

Here at LBS we try to give you some fantasy football advice whenever we can. With all the breakout games some receivers and tight ends had on Sunday during Week 2, we figured we’d get you our advice as soon as possible so you can begin working the waiver wire accordingly.

Below are some of the top-performing wide receivers and tight ends from Week 2 who might be available in your league, and our analysis of them.

Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: He was the type of PPR monster many envisioned he would be last year. Amendola caught 15 of the 16 balls thrown his way for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ win over the Redskins. He also led the team with 5 catches for 70 yards on 9 targets in Week 1. Already with his first career 100-yard game, expect him to set many more career records this season.

Donnie Avery, WR, Colts: Had a breakout game on Sunday for the Colts going for 9 catches and 111 yards. Those were the best stats he’s posted since his rookie year with the Rams in a 2008. A former second-round pick, Avery had a promising rookie season after running an impressive sub-4.30 40 at the combine. It’s been over two years since a torn ACL kept him out for the 2010 season, and he’s now showing the promise that made him a highly-drafted player. He could be a good replacement for owners who drafted Austin Collie and want those stats.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Giants: Scored for the second straight week, and he had 5 catches for 72 yards in the Giants’ comeback win. Marty B. is seeing plenty of passes in the Giants’ offense, but he had trouble with drops on Sunday, which is something that plagued him throughout his career with the Cowboys. He still could easily post numbers similar to what Kevin Boss did when he was with the Giants, so if you need a tight end, he’s not a bad option.

Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins: He led the Dolphins in receiving yards and targets for the second straight week. Hartline had 9 catches for 111 yards, both of which were career highs. He had 3 catches for 50 yards on 8 targets in last week’s loss to the Texans. Hartline probably won’t find the end zone much in that passing offense, but he should be good for at least 50 receiving yards a week on average, which isn’t bad if you need some depth.

Dante Rosario, TE, Chargers: Caught all 4 balls that came his way for 48 yards and 3 touchdowns. Congratulations if you had him in your starting lineup. If you have Antonio Gates, you should probably pick up Rosario as he seems to be a good backup option for when Gates is hurt. For anyone else, you probably don’t want to waste a roster spot on a backup.

Mark Clayton Season-Ending Injury Makes Danny Amendola Strong Fantasy Pick Up

Six years into his NFL career, former Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton was having his best season. Acquired by St. Louis during the preseason, he became an instant favorite of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, catching 23 balls for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Clayton went down five minutes into Sunday’s game running a route up the sideline (video at NFL.com). His absence took a major weapon away from Bradford and the Rams offense, and the sad news is Clayton has a torn patella tendon and will be done for the year.

The injury is equally devastating for the Rams and Clayton. Clayton was set to cash in as a free agent following his big year. The Rams meanwhile have now lost two of their top receivers for the season because of knee injuries — Donnie Avery in the preseason, and Clayton. Not all will be lost in fantasy land — second year receiver out of Texas Tech, Danny Amendola, becomes the hot pickup if he’s still available in your league.

Amendola was averaging five catches per game before the Clayton injury, and with Mark out he emerged as Sam Bradford’s favorite target, seeing 19 balls thrown his way. He made 12 catches for 95 yards but still has yet to find the end zone. If you’re in a point-per-reception league, Amendola will have extra value, but he’s still a nice addition to your roster, especially if you lost Clayton.

The other Rams receiver to watch is Brandon Gibson. The second-year man out of Washington State has seen 18 targets on the year and was on the field a lot more after Clayton got hurt. He’s more of a stretch, but keep your eye on him if you’re desperate. For now, Amendola is the man.

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Best Hit of the Week, Hands Down

Zack Follett. Danny Amendola. Awesome hit. Must watch:

That’s what happens when you put an aggressive, rookie linebacker who was a 7th round pick desperate to make the team, on special teams. And that’s what happens when he gets a clear path to a much smaller, rookie returner. Ouch. Talk about living a car crash, yeesh. Maybe they should have stuck Follett on defense to try and stop Steven Jackson considering nobody else on the Lions was able to. Oh and by the way, there might be a quarterback controversy brewing in St. Louis.