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TE Vernon Davis - San Francisco 49ers

6-3, 253Born: 1-31-1984College: MarylandDrafted: Round 1, pick 6

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The lynchpin of the old Alex Smith passing game, Davis has been largely an afterthought in Colin Kaepernick's offense. In 37 games with Kaepernick, Davis has seen his target share fall to 16.5%, a mark that just can't produce TE1 opportunity in an offense that throws the ball this little. And you certainly can't pin your hopes on it when you consider the dumpster fire that was Davis' 2014. Injuries and increased blocking usage were factors, but Davis set or tied career lows in targets, receptions, yardage, touchdowns, and red zone looks. All were horrendous downturns, but the red zone usage may have been the most egregious. After averaging 11 red zone targets over his first seven years, Davis saw just one in 2014; in fact, he was held out of the end zone entirely after Week One. An aging third option in a low-volume passing game, Davis doesn't look like a very attractive flier for 2015. Anquan Boldin has claimed the role of Kaepernick's safest target, and newcomer Torrey Smith was paid handsomely to upgrade the team's shaky WR2 spot. The hope is that Davis reclaims his touchdown-proficient ways and provides sporadic TE1 value, and some progression to the mean is likely there. That would at least provide usefulness as a cheap DFS dice roll, as well as best-ball value at his current TE25 ADP. But even with a return to 4-6 touchdowns, Davis' redraft value depends upon several external factors completely reversing course. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 26, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 23, 23, 25, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38
TE Redraft PPR - 27, 19, 20, 23, 23, 24, 26, 26, 26, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 28, 30, 31, 35, 35
TE Dynasty - 24, 19, 24, 25, 26, 28, 35

Stats and Projections

2012 SF 16 41 548 5
2013 SF 15 52 850 13
2014 SF 14 26 245 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 40 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 40 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 40 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 27 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 178
TE: 23
Overall-PPR: 180
TE-PPR: 24

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Footballguys Articles

Tremblay's Notebook
  Maurile Tremblay - May 11
Free Agency Winners and Losers - TE
  Sigmund Bloom - April 7

Articles from around the web

TE Tiers Show Depth and Upside for 2015
  James Naddeo - May 23
Using 2014 to Find Balance In 2015 Fantasy Football
  Rich Hribar - May 13

Latest News

49ers | Vernon Davis ready to rebound? (Sat May 23, 10:45 PM) - San Fancisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis caught a pair of red-zone touchdowns from QB Colin Kaepernick during practice Thursday, May 21, and he added a 25-yard reception on a deep crossing route.

Our View: The pair of touchdowns matches what Davis was able to put up all of last year. In the final year of his contract, Davis needs to get things back on track after a disappointing 2014. Fantasy owners who selected Davis last year were certainly expecting more than 26 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns. We'll see if Davis can get back to his TE1 status, but right now Davis is being drafted as a low-end TE2 (TE18, 13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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49ers | Torrey Smith should free up Vernon Davis (Thu May 14, 08:17 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith's arrival should free up TE Vernon Davis to stretch the field, according to general manager Trent Baalke. 'The one thing that really shows up is the way the field's opened up more with the speed or Torrey being able to stretch the outside,' Baalke said. 'And it really helps Vernon's game because now Vernon's game is (to) stretch the field a little bit, as well.'

Our View: The team needs to get Davis back on track after a hugely disappointing 2014 season where he only caught 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Smith has the speed to stretch the field and open up routes underneath. We'll see if his presence can help spring Davis free.
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2015 Schedule

1vs Minnesota Vikings
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Green Bay Packers
5@ New York Giants
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ St. Louis Rams
9vs Atlanta Falcons
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11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13@ Chicago Bears
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Detroit Lions
17vs St. Louis Rams