No one ever really wants to take a chance on a player that is playing a tough defense in the playoffs. It is also tough to take that player when his team depends a great deal on the running game.
There were many playoff fantasy football managers that felt the New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham would be the best start this weekend. Managers love his talent, his height, and the fact that he plays with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. The one factor his managers did not think of is that his team was playing the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle in their Divisional Round playoff game. This should have been a red flag for many owners, but it probably wasn’t.
Many of you also probably felt that Davis would have a difficult matchup against the Panthers. If you felt that, then you definitely didn’t do your research. The one part of the Panthers’ defense that struggled all season has been their play against the tight ends.
In this game, Davis showed why he is the best tight end to ever play in the playoffs. He tied the tight end record for touchdowns in a career during the playoffs; he’s just that good. Instead of his team having the receivers like Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin go deep, the 49ers use Davis as their deep threat to open things up underneath for everyone else.
Davis also made an amazing grab in the end zone, helping the 49ers take the lead in the game going into the half.
If you can still change your players going into Championship Weekend, I would highly consider changing your tight end play to Davis. I know the Seahawks shut down Graham, but Davis is a monster in the playoffs. Play him with confidence as long as he is in the playoffs.