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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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Summary

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 - 25, 14, 18, 18, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 26, 26, 29, 29, 30, 30, 32, 33, 36
TE Redraft PPR - 26, 14, 18, 18, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 26, 27, 29, 30, 30, 31, 33, 35
TE Dynasty - 26, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 35

Stats and Projections

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2012 SF 16 41 548 5
2013 SF 15 52 850 13
2014 SF 14 26 245 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 38 * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 45 * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 40 * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 33 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 162
TE: 20
Overall-PPR: 158
TE-PPR: 19

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