Fantasy Football 2013: Vernon Davis Has Major Upside

By Tristen Challe
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If you’re unable to grab a top tight end in the fantasy football 2013 draft, don’t just simply pick a player to fill the roster spot. Tight ends can be quite productive for your team, and careful thought and consideration needs to go into drafting one to your roster.

If you’ve decided not to use a top pick on one of the few elite tight ends or if they’ve already been drafted ahead of you, look no further than San Francisco 49ersVernon Davis.

Well, Davis had a very disappointing season in 2012, one might say. Yes, he did in fact disappoint his fantasy owners with his less than stellar 548 yards and five touchdowns, but the 2013 season will be a bounce back year for the 8th year man.

Once quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named starter for the 49ers, he and Davis had a hard time getting things going. Many fantasy football gurus out there say that the two cannot both excel and will never be on the same page.

To this statement, I say take a look at how the two hooked up during the playoffs.

In the final two playoff games, they seemed to get their chemistry flowing with Kaepernick and Davis hooking up 11 times. In the NFC championship game and Super Bowl Davis was targeted 14 times and managed to pass the 100 yard mark in both games. Clearly as the season progressed, the two were able to make things happen.

So far in the 49ers’ 2013 practices, Davis has been reported as lining up at the receiver position. 49ers’ top receiving option, Michael Crabtree, suffered an injury in which his return to the field in the upcoming season in uncertain.  Davis stepping up and being the one to take a few plays at the receiver position in place of Crabtree will bring a plethora of good things to Davis’ stat line.

Keep in mind that Davis is 6’3, 250 pounds and one of the most athletic players at his respective position.

If he is matched up against a corner or a safety, you can be sure Kaepernick will look to Davis right away as he will easily be able to overpower his much smaller defender.

If Davis is at the receiver spot and matched up against a linebacker, his quickness and physical ability will be too much for any linebacker to handle. Look for him to run deep and haul in those long yardage touchdowns every fantasy owner loves to see.

Davis has huge upside this year, and you won’t be disappointed in drafting him. He will be back to the form we preciously witnessed in the 2009 and 2010 seasons where he had 965 yards with 13 touchdowns and 914 yards with seven touchdowns respectively.

Tristen Challe is a Fantasy Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter @TristenChalle

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