Fantasy Football 2014 Deep Sleeper: Knile Davis

By Bill Pivetz
Knile Davis
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After his fantasy 2013 season, Jamaal Charles is the clear-cut No. 1 overall pick in 2014 fantasy drafts. You can make the argument for LeSean McCoy, but he didn’t score the same number of touchdowns. Charles had 19 total touchdowns, most from any non-quarterback.

With great power from drafting the No. 1 running back, comes great responsibility to drafting his backup. The Kansas City Chiefs backup running back is Knile Davis, just in case you weren’t familiar.

Davis was very limited for most of the season. He had 17 carries in the first nine weeks of the season. His role began to increase as the Chiefs were getting closer to clinching a playoff spot. Davis carried the ball 48 times in the final four games. He scored four times in three of those games, including starting in Week 17. He had 27 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

If you are lucky enough to have the first pick in your draft, you will most likely be taking Charles. And if you do, I highly recommend drafting Knile Davis sooner than other owners. You want to secure your No. 1 running back’s handcuff just in case anything bad happens.

Arian Foster and Doug Martin owners felt the effects of season-ending injuries. As a result, Ben Tate and Bobby Rainey became very sought-after waiver-wire additions. Davis will never be in your starting lineup unless circumstances require him to be. He’ll be your RB4 or RB5 and provide running back depth.

Davis finished the 2013 regular season with 70 carries for 242 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 11 passes for 75 yards as the backup. He was the 53rd-ranked running back and scored more than some starting backs. Davis isn’t someone to pass on, especially if you plan on drafting Charles.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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