2014 Fantasy Football Profile: TE Vernon Davis

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The tight end position has become a pretty reliable source of fantasy football points in recent seasons. More teams have start to incorporate the position more in the passing game, and as a result, more than a half dozen options can be used as weekly fantasy options.

Throughout his career, San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis has been a fantasy monster. The veteran seems to always be catching a big touchdown and he has cemented his spot among the top-five tight ends in fantasy.

Positives:

Most fantasy owners are focusing on the staggering numbers that Jimmy Graham (1,215 yards-16 TDs) put up in 2013, but Davis was almost as productive last season. VD finished second at the position with 13 touchdowns last season, which was only three behind Graham’s position-leading 16 touchdowns. VD has formed a strong rapport with QB Colin Kaepernick and has become a guaranteed 10-plus touchdowns in San Fran’s offense.

Additionally, Davis almost never misses a game. He has sat out only one contest over the last six years alone and has become a rock for fantasy fans. He may show up on the injury report quite often and miss some series or two, but he will always be in uniform when Sunday comes rolling around. That kind of durability counts for something at the tight end position.

Negatives:

Davis quietly turned 30 years old this off-season, and while age doesn’t matter as much with tight ends, the superstar will start to see a drop in his game some point soon. He has been listed on the injury report more and more in recent seasons, so it seems like only a matter of time until age starts to catch up with the veteran.

Davis finished with a meager 850 receiving yards, which was sixth best among tight ends. Davis may haul in a ton of touchdowns, but he tends to disappear in games.  For instance, including the playoffs, Davis had 11 games in which he failed to eclipse 45 receiving yards. Those are utterly horrific numbers from one of the top-tier tight ends in fantasy and brings up some concern about how consistent the veteran can be on a weekly basis.

Final Verdict:

No matter what, Davis is one of the few elite tight ends in fantasy football. He will haul in over 800 yards and 10-plus touchdowns have already been pasted next to his name in the stat column. If you are looking for an All-Star tight end this season and miss out on the top couple guys, don’t feel bad about settling for Davis one round later.

Bye Week: 8

Projected Round: 5

Auction Value: $10

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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