Vernon Davis, TE San Francisco 49ers

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49ers Beat: Team 'promised' Vernon Davis would be 'bigger part' of offense

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

49ers beat writer Paul Gutierrez: Coming off a 13-TD catch season in 2013, Vernon Davis was a forgotten man in the Niners' offense last year. He was not targeted in the red zone once after kickoff weekend. So why should we keep an eye on the 10th-year tight end this season? Because he is in a contract year, he was re-dedicated to the team this offseason – he did not “hold out” from OTAs and minicamps this summer as he did last year – and the Niners not only promised he would be a bigger part of the offense this year but, well, they need him. It has the makings of a perfect fantasy storm for the Niners ... in good way.

Fantasy Impact:

Davis is a talent, but the team didn't do a good job of using him last season. His 50 targets were his fewest since 2008, and his usage was way too low considering he has finished in the top 8 at his position in four of the last six seasons. He was targeted just once in the red zone after seeing 20 red zone targets in 2013. It's up to new OC Geep Chryst (formerly the team's QB coach) to get Davis more involved in the offense. Davis has reportedly looked fast in offseason activities. Given his 15th-round ADP, he's a very cheap lottery ticket at the tight end position.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Davis remains the starting tight end in San Francisco (for what that is worth).

Fantasy Downside
Davis managed to be targeted just 50 times last season and had just 26(!) catches. He has been largely forgotten since Colin Kaepernick became the 49ers QB.

Bottom line
Davis is going largely undrafted in most fantasy leagues and for good reason. At this point in his career, he has fallen off the face of the Earth and his photo should be on milk cartons. Davis is still talented, but if the 49ers aren't going to use him, what good is he?

2015 Strength of Schedule - SF
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
10
MIN
24
@PIT
30
@ARI
11
GB
28
@NYG
12
BAL
18
SEA
6
@STL
8
ATL
BYE18
@SEA
30
ARI
32
@CHI
9
@CLE
13
CIN
19
@DET
6
STL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1DAL4442611.000000-57/5898%
2CHI3390313.000000-52/6778%
3ARI------------
4PHI28034.000000-45/8354%
5KC------------
6STL3300610.000000-64/6697%
7DEN2210510.500000-50/7468%
8BYE------------
9STL219039.500000-66/6799%
10NO18048.000000-68/6999%
11NYG17057.0014004.0060/6888%
12WAS321057.000000-59/6197%
13SEA213036.500000-58/58100%
14OAK2260413.000000-60/60100%
15SEA0002-0000-58/58100%
16SD0000-0000-70/7297%
17ARI19019.000000-63/63100%
Totals262452509.4214004.00830/92490%

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