Vernon Davis Fantasy News
49ers sign Anquan Boldin to two-year deal
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:11pm
Boldin announced via Twitter that he is officially back with the team. The deal is a two-year extension, a source told CSNBayArea.com, and is worth $12 million, according to multiple reports.
This is a smart move for the 49ers. Early in the season, Boldin carried the passing game at times but he actually increased his production upon Michael Crabtree’s return. Boldin averaged 4.7-66-.45 without Crabtree and 5.7-83-.43 with Crabtree, so the potential is there for another top 20 season. Boldin finished #15 in both standard and PPR formats. Removing Week 1 (his huge game against the Packers), he was #19 and #20 in standard and PPR, respectively. The signing is probably bad news for Vernon Davis, whose targets dropped from 6.1 per game pre-Crabtree to 4.9 T/G after Crabtree's return.
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Vernon Davis, Mario Manningham active for 49ers
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 3:05pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 11:52am
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s QBR this season with TE Vernon Davis on the field is 81.7. Without him it’s 13.1. Kaepernick has completed 61.1 percent of his passes while Davis is on the field. His rate dips to 43.1 percent when Davis is off the field.
This disparity has been consistent throughout Kaepernick’s brief NFL tenure. His career QBR with Davis is 77.7; without him it’s 16.1. His completion percentage with Davis is 62.4; without him it drops to 47.1. (Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for the figures.)
It appears that Davis is on track to play in Week 11.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 8:07pm
It sounds like there's a good chance Davis is able to play Week 11. It's a pretty tough matchup on paper for Davis as the 49ers are 8th in allowing fantasy points to TEs.
Vernon Davis suffers concussion
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 9:06pm
Davis took himself out after dropping a second-quarter pass near the Panthers' 5-yard line and landing hard on his head when tackled by safety Mike Mitchell.
Davis last sustained a concussion Dec. 23 at Seattle, and although he did not return to that game, he did play the following week. He will, of course, have to pass NFL protocol before returning. The 49ers played the second half with only one healthy tight end, Vance McDonald. Third-stringer Garrett Celek was ruled out with a hamstring injury in the first quarter.
Crabtree, Manningham inching closer to return
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 11:45pm
Manningham, who is coming back from two torn knee ligaments suffered Dec. 23, is farther along than Crabtree and is likely to play in some capacity Sunday against the Panthers. He was not listed on Wednesday's injury report and practiced in full. "The knee I had surgery on is better than the other one," he said after practice. "So I'm not thinking about that when I'm out there."
Crabtree tore his right Achilles' tendon on May 21. He wore a blue, non-contact jersey in practice and acknowledged he was easing his way back into his first practice. He didn't run routes at full speed and was noticeably cautious about leaping - and landing - for high passes.
The 49ers cleared Crabtree for practice on Tuesday, which triggered a 21-day window for bringing him from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the 53-man roster.
Manningham may be back this week, but we're not too optimistic about his upside as the #3 receiving option (after Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis) in a run-heavy offense. As for Crabtree, he's expected back in Week 13 (vs. the Rams), but he could return sooner. He has the Seahawks and the Buccaneers in Weeks 14-15 before a date with the Falcons in Week 16.
Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:04pm
Manningham was productive for the 49ers last year, catching 42 passes before a Dec. 23 ACL tear. He started practicing three weeks ago, and should give them another reliable target outside.
As the story points out, the 49ers are last in the league in passing, largely because QB Colin Kaepernick lacks reliable targets other than Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis. They are tops in running, but the addition of Manningham could help bring more balance to their attack. Fantasy-wise, Manningham would be more useful in deeper leagues but is worth an add if you're hurting at the position.
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:12am
Manningham still is on the physically unable to perform list. The 49ers have until Wednesday to decide whether to activate Manningham to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
All indications are that Manningham will be activated and ready to play against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 10.