Over the last several months no player has been more frustrated than San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. The 2009 Pro Bowler has been absolutely blanketed as of late, as opposing defenses have decided to make stopping Davis the main part of their defensive game-plan.
The once elite tight end has shockingly not caught a touchdown since November 19th (Week 11) against the Chicago Bears, a game in which he finished with 8 grabs for 83 yards and the one score. Davis completely killed fantasy owners with his late season slump.
However, since his amazing performance against Da Bears, he has been completely taken out of games by opposing defenses. In his last six games, Davis has only caught six total passes on 11 targets for a very unflattering 61 yards. Even worse, Davis was held without a single catch in the team’s 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 12 and the Saints have the 31st-ranked pass defense in the NFL.
This Saturday the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in a repeat of a very brutal Week 1 matchup that the 49ers pulled out 30-22. In this earlier meeting against the Pack, Davis had a very respectable fantasy performance. He grabbed three passes for 43 yards and caught a beautiful touchdown in the left side of the end zone. Davis is faster than any Green Bay linebackers downfield and he is much more physical than cornerback Charles Woodson, incase the Cheeseheads decide to more the corner over to matchup with the tight end. Davis has the size and the speed to torch anyone on Green Bay’s defense.
Davis has a great matchup advantage around the goal line for the 49ers to utilize, so expect new quarterback Collin Kaepernick to look for him often inside the twenties. Davis will have plenty of chances to make a play this Saturday and you can expect him to finally make one for the fantasy owners.