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TE Vernon Davis - Denver Broncos

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Now that the Kubiak offense is in effect, the late trade for Vernon Davis makes that much more sense, as does adding him if you need help at tight end.

Week 12: vs New England Patriots

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brock Osweiler won his first start 17-15 and looked comfortable in Gary Kubiak's offense while he did so, posting 20/27 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. He linked up with Demaryius Thomas early on (eight targets for 3/59/1 receiving) and found Cody Latimer later in the game (three targets for 2/22/1) - even in Emmanuel Sanders' absence (high-ankle sprain), Osweiler found ways to keep the ball moving downfield. We'll see if he can build on the momentum here in Week 12. The Patriots' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 252.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 pass scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 32 sacks generated (second). Osweiler was sacked five times for -31 yards last week - the Patriots will bring the heat to bear here in Week 12, you can be sure. Over the past four weeks (four games), this team has allowed the fifth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (16.4 on average); is sixth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.1); however, they have given up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (22.9). Last week a banged-up Tyrod Taylor could only muster 20/36 for 225 net passing yards with zero TDs or interceptions against the Patriots. The Patriots' pass D has been up and down during the season - this looks like a neutral matchup for Osweiler at home in Mile High Stadium.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at STL 63 6 24 0 0 2.4
9 at IND 9 0 0 0 0 0
10 vs KC 35 2 19 0 0 1.9
11 at CHI 47 6 68 0 0 6.8
12 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)

The receiving and blocking flexibility of new Bronco Vernon Davis gave Denver the opportunity to run more 2- and 3-tight-end sets, helping get their running game going while still remaining a threat to pass. Indeed, Davis led the Broncos in receptions against the Chicago Bears, and finished one yard behind the team lead in receiving yards. A reliable target over the middle, Davis twice converted 3rd-and-4 plays for the Broncos. His longest gain of the day came on a really nicely designed screen where he slipped behind three onrushing defenders and then showcased his speed, outracing them for 18 yards.

2015 Week 9 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Less than a week after signing with the Broncos, Davis was hardly involved in the passing game plan, drawing just a single target and spending the bulk of his snaps blocking.

2015 Week 8 vs STL (8 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)

Coaches featured Davis heavily in the game plan, ostensibly as a way to showcase him for potential trade partners. Four of his targets came on one drive, which ended with San Francisco scoring its final points of the day. The first target was a quick slant on third down. The second, which also gained a first down, was on a shallow crossing pattern. The last two came inside the Rams' 10-yard line, and both were clearly designed to get Davis the ball: a leak route and a shallow cross, both after a play-action fake.

2015 Week 7 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)

After weeks of dealing with injury, losing playing time to Garrett Celek, and being the subject of trade rumors, Davis somehow re-emerged as a focal point of San Francisco's passing game. He gained almost all of his yardage on plays where he found supermassive green holes in Seattle's zone coverage. Indeed, on his 27-yard third quarter reception, he ran uncovered down the seam. Other receptions came on uncovered crossing routes and plays in which he sat down between two zone defenders in the middle of the field. Also of note: He didn't drop any passes!

2015 Week 6 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Regarding the fact that Celek started over him, it's important to keep in mind that Davis is recovering from a knee injury, so it's possible that the 49ers wanted to ease him back onto the field -- especially with their bye coming up after Thursday night's game against Seattle. That said, Davis was virtually absent in the pass attack. And the one time Kaepernick did throw his way, he badly underthrew it his way.

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Both of Davis' targets were intercepted; both were the result of underthrown passes. With the game completely out of reach after the second one, San Francisco decided to give Davis some much-needed rest. (He had played nearly every offensive snap the first two weeks.)

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)

Once again Davis played nearly every snap of the game and was used primarily as a run blocker until the score became lopsided in Pittsburgh's favor: Six of his seven targets came with San Francisco losing 29-3 or worse. Davis' lone highlight of the game was a 43-yard reception at the end of the third quarter, but it was due to a blown coverage that left him wide open about 20 yards downfield along the right side line. He was so wide open that nearly all of his 24 yards after catch on the play came without a single Steelers defender in the screen with him. One of Davis' targets was on fourth-and-1 inside the red zone, and two more occurred inside Pittsburgh's 30-yard line. Finally, it's worth noting Davis did not drop any passes this week.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

One one hand, Davis was the most-targeted and highest-yardage receiver for San Francisco. On the other, 6 targets for 3 receptions and 47 yards isn't go to make him the most-targeted or highest-yardage tight end in fantasy leagues. There were a few glimmers of hope, however. Davis' first target of the game came on the 49ers first play inside the red zone. He was open on an out route, but Kaepernick threw the ball just out of his reach. His second target was on a deep post route on the next drive. He beat double-coverage, but again Kaepernick threw the ball just out of his reach. Later on, he was targeted twice on San Francisco's final scoring drive of the night, accounting for about half the drive's yardage. And although Davis has a reputation for dropped passes, and did drop one of his targets, the second reception of that final drive was an over-the-shoulder catch with an intermediate degree of difficulty. One final positive sign worth mentioning is that Davis only missed one snap the entire game. So if the 49ers are going to have any semblance of a viable fantasy passing game this season, he's nearly guaranteed to be involved.


Latest News

Broncos | Denver used more two-TE sets (Tue Nov 24, 06:27 PM) - The Denver Broncos used multiple tight end sets on 83.8% of their Week 11 plays with QB Brock Osweiler under center as opposed to using three-wide receiver sets 60% of the time with QB Peyton Manning playing. TE Vernon Davis was more involved as a result, and the Broncos ground game was successful.

Our View: Keep this in mind when considering Davis or Daniels for your fantasy lineup. Both are TE2s with upside in Week 12 against the Patriots.
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Broncos | Vernon Davis to be more involved? (Thu Nov 19, 01:24 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Vernon Davis was confused by his role in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, as he played 35 snaps but had only two catches for 19 yards. His lack of production last week was largely a result of QB Peyton Manning's struggles. With QB Brock Osweiler starting in Week 11, the Broncos will look to establish the run, which means Davis and the other tight ends should be more of a factor in the passing game.

Our View: Tight ends are often an inexperienced quarterback's best friend. We've heard this from Denver before though, so we'll believe it when we see it and keep Davis as a borderline TE2/TE3.
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Broncos | Vernon Davis to see expanded role (Fri Nov 13, 02:38 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Vernon Davis will have an expanded role in Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Davis is more comfortable with QB Peyton Manning and his audible language.

Our View: Davis isn't a safe play yet, but if Emmanuel Sanders can't go, he could see a decent number of targets.
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