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TE Vernon Davis - Washington Redskins

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

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Week 15: vs Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Kirk Cousins had his worst game of the season last week as he finished with season lows of 151 yards and a 55.6% completion rate. This was a tough matchup though as the Chargers have been playing very well against the pass. Leading up to that game, Cousins had passed for 220 or more yards in all but one game this season. Cousins ranks fifth in fantasy points among quarterbacks as he has been having a very solid season. Cousins spread the ball around last week as all of his receiving options struggled from a fantasy perspective. Jamison Crowder has been his most reliable option as he had surpassed 65 receiving yards in five straight games leading up to last week's 34-yard outing. Vernon Davis contributed for the first time in a couple weeks as he led the team in targets and scored the only Redskins receiving touchdown, his second of the season. Davis had not been a big part of the game plan in the previous two weeks, but he was a big focus of Cousins' last week and was even targeted on a few deep balls that barely missed. The Cardinals looked good against a struggling Titans offense last week. This secondary has been playing much better in recent weeks and has been one of the most consistent playmaking units in the league. Despite only 13 interceptions on the season, the Cardinals have at least one interception in all but two games this season. Patrick Peterson has been a shut-down cornerback for most of the season and should match up on Jamison Crowder since he is the top target for the Redskins. Tramon Williams on the other side has had his challenges this season, but he had an amazing game last week allowing just three receptions with one broken up pass and an interception. While Cousins may put up some yards, his upside should be limited in this matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at NO 62 3 67 0 0 6.7
12 vs NYG 65 0 0 0 0 0
13 at DAL 54 2 15 0 0 1.5
14 at LAC 42 2 26 1 0 8.6
15 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
15 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
15 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs LAC (7 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)

Vernon Davis was the most productive pass catcher in this game as he scored the lone touchdown. Kirk barely overthrew him for a second touchdown as he split two defenders down the seam. Vernon only had two catches but he could have had a bigger day if the offense could establish some continuity.

2017 Week 13 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis tallied two catches for fifteen yards in this game. He was basically non-existent as the Dallas linebacker core held him in check. The offense was stuck in neutral all night and made it difficult to get in a rhythm with the passing game. Vernon hasn't been getting the splash plays for big gains the last couple weeks and has left him with very pedestrian numbers.

2017 Week 12 vs NYG (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis was completely shut out of this game. He had no receptions, but was targeted twice. This was high unusual considering how involved he has been over the last month. The Giants are also vulnerable to tight end production so the was seemingly a good matchup for Vernon. It appears the Giants gave him extra attention in certain situations but he wasn't always double teamed or taken out of the play. Jamison's big day influenced Vernon's production as well. He should bounce back next week to being a down the seam weapon in the Washington pass attack.

2017 Week 11 vs NO (6 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis wasn't as big a factor in today's game. He had three catches, but he made the most of them as his longest reception went for thirty-six yards. Kirk targeted Vernon three times in the second half but couldn't connect. He had sixty-seven yards on just three receptions showing that he can still be a game breaker when given opportunities.

2017 Week 10 vs MIN (11 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis led the team in receptions and was very active against the Vikings. Considering how productive he has been over the past month, today was even more impressive. He was often an outlet for Kirk while facing immense pressure at times. This game had a pass heavy script so Vernon's reception total is a season high for him. He didn't have one of his typical long receptions in this game, as the Vikings kept him in check. Vernon has been a terrific fill in for Jordan throughout his injury riddled year. However, the 'spread it around' nature of the Washington offense makes his productions somewhat unpredictable on a weekly basis.

2017 Week 9 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis was very involved in this game with Jordan Reed out due to injury. Vernon got off to a quick start finding openings over the middle and taking advantage of matchups. He beat linebackers on three separate occasions to get open before they started to bracket him in coverage. Vernon lead Washington in receptions and yardage today. He totaled six receptions with four coming before halftime. As the pressure ramped up it was tough for Kirk to find Vernon, therefore he went quiet in the second half. Vernon has been the most productive receiving option for Washington over the last three weeks.

2017 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis was forced into a full-time role but it didn't pay off much. He has been excelling as the secondary tight end but it will be interesting to see if he can flourish as the number one guy. He only tallied twenty yards on two catches but he was targeted four times.

2017 Week 7 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis has steadily been productive for Washington as the backup tight end. He caught a seam route pass for thirty yards to start the game much like his first reception last week. His speed up the seam has been something Washington has clearly tried to take advantage of in the past few weeks. He also had four catches which shows that they want to keep him involved. Vernon is making the most of his opportunities and his speed allows him to maximize on every opportunity.

2017 Week 6 vs SF (4 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis continues to make his routine splash play each game. This time Kirk was able to find him on a fifty-one yard pass where Vernon did most of the damage after the catch. He still has the speed to take advantage of linebackers and safeties and he did that against the 49ers. Vernon did have a crucial fumble in the third quarter that continued the momentum shift in this game. However, with under seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter Vernon took off right up the seam on a skinny post to come up with the longest pass play of the game. He only had three catches but his explosive ability down field helps him maximize his opportunities.

2017 Week 4 vs KC (3 / 2 / 89 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis only had two catches but he had a spectacular sixty-nine yard run. He nearly scored after catching a pass up the seam and eluding several defenders to gain additional yardage. Vernon can make explosive plays because of his speed and potential mismatch opportunities. However, there are simply too many mouths to feed in order for him to produce weekly.

2017 Week 3 vs OAK (5 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)

Vernon Davis filled in admirably for Jordan Reed as he hauled in five catches and a touchdown. He clearly still has gas in the tank as he looked like a mismatch for the Raiders safety. His speed downfield was problematic for the Raiders defense as he beat two defenders on a seam route to score his touchdown. Vernon's burst off the line was notable as well with his ability to get open in the short passing game. He was needed in this game and Kirk was able to rely on him with Jordan out.

2017 Week 2 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Vernon Davis was nonexistent today as he only recorded one catch for thirteen yards. Washington had a conservative game plan so in those cases he will be one of the guys that suffer. However, if Jordan is out next week he could become more involved.


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